Mckenzie Pass Oregon, McKenzie Bridge & River

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Mckenzie Pass

Do you want to experience the top of the world in Central Oregon? Then you need to take Highway 20 first from Bend, Oregon to Sisters, Oregon and then continue east on Highway 242 to the McKenzie Pass. At an elevation of over 5,000 feet, this scenic pass provides a panoramic view of lava fields and high snowcapped Cascade Peaks.

The scenic spot of McKenzie Pass is located on the scenic McKenzie Highway east of Bend, Oregon. Along this route, you will enjoy the largest concentration of snowcapped volcanoes anywhere in the lower forty-eight states. Along the way, you will be awe-inspired as you gaze at Broken Top Mountain and the Three Sisters Peaks. Here you will see numerous waterfalls and lush pine forests.

Lava fields can still be seen adjacent to high mountain lakes – a reminder of the history of the geology of the area. Volcanic activity millions of years ago created what is now known as the Cascade Mountain Range.

While making your way to McKenzie Pass, at a elevation of over 5,000 feet, don't forget to make a stop at the picturesque mountain town of McKenzie Bridge. This charming little community tucked in the trees, is a great place to base your explorations of the McKenzie Pass area including hiking, biking, camping and/or just relaxing in the scenic beauty that is part of Central Oregon.