McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop, Sisters

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McKenzie Pass is a mountain pass in the Cascade Range in central Oregon, United States.It is located at the border of Linn and Deschutes counties, approximately 20 mi northwest of Bend, between the Three Sisters to the south and Mt. Washington to the north. Oregon Route 242 passes over the pass.At the summit of the pass, Oregon Route 242 crosses a 65sqmi lava flow just west of Sisters. Surrounded by lava, the Dee Wright Observatory was constructed in 1935 by Civilian Conservation Corps workers and named after their foreman. Visitors climb to the observatory to view the Cascade peaks visible from McKenzie Pass. Also near the summit is Clear Lake, a renowned location for fresh-water diving.Highway 242 is not recommended for large trucks, trailers or motor homes due to numerous tight switchbacks. The pass is closed from November to July due to snow.
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  • This is a beautiful drive with plenty to see. Lava flows, Clear Lake, Shahalie Falls, and just beauty all around. Part of this drive is windy, and there no restaurants, so pack a lunch and enjoy!  more »
  • If you have time for a Scenic Drive this is definitely something you should put on your list... there is a lot of history on this Trail and it has several great picture opportunities. It will be inter...  more »
  • This a great place to visit with the kids. Lots of scenic views to watch. And lava flows, that show off the natural history of the past. It takes you back to a time where lava ruled the land.  more »
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  • Enter into another world at this lava strewn summit. Black, chunky lava covers almost everything, except islands of forest that escaped the hot burial. Snow capped Three Sisters rise high in the south. Belknap Crater to the north can be reached by trail. The Dee Wright Observatory gives you choice views. And wander out on a trail that tours the eratic lava field.
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  • A beautiful mountain pass with PCT access & spacey lava beds
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