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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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  • The old road is closed to all but bikes each year in early June. Very special. Incredible views. The road is in great shape. There is a restroom at the observatory on top but no water.  more »
  • This is a very scenic road. There are waterfalls and streams and mountains. Everything you could want on a scenic drive.  more »
  • We passed by snow covered mountains, lava fields, miles of trees, hairpin turns, rivers and more. An amazing part of the USA, not to be missed.  more »