McKenzie River National Recreation Trail: Belknap Springs to NFD 2650 Road

This easy-going, 3-mile section hike along the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail passes cascading creeks, moss-draped forest, and lovely views of the McKenzie River.
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This easy-going, 3-mile section hike along the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail passes cascading creeks, moss-draped forest, and lovely views of the McKenzie River.

Stretching 26.5 miles from McKenzie Bridge to Fish Lake, the McKenzie River National Scenic Trail parallels the McKenzie River as it travels past 600-year-old Douglas fir forests, lava flows, and several tributary creeks. Sample a section of this trail on a 3-mile out-and-back that connects Belknap Springs to NFD 2650 Road.
From the Belknap Springs Resort parking area, walk south roughly 650 feet to connect with the well-maintained trail, which runs between the river and OR 126. Turn left and hike northeast on the mostly-flat path. After paralleling the highway for 500 feet, the trail dips into mossy forest and leads north along the river bed. After half a mile, cross a small creek on a plank bridge, then hike past picturesque campsites. The remaining 0.8 mile to the turnaround point crosses Scott Creek and Boulder Creek on log bridges and intersects the McKenzie River at NFD 2650 Road. Relax by the river before starting the return trip to Belknap Springs.
Info: McKenzie River National Recreation Trail
-Mapped by Rose Johnson

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.8

Waypoints

MRT001

Location: 44.1917283, -122.0504665

From the Belknap Springs Resort parking area, walk south 650 feet to connect with the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail.

MRT002

Location: 44.1905744, -122.0488572

Turn right onto McKenzie River National Scenic Trail and hike east. The trail is bordered by the McKenzie River and OR 126.

MRT003

Location: 44.192636, -122.0439219

After briefly paralleling the highway, the path dips into the forest and traces the river bed.

MRT004

Location: 44.1941745, -122.0427632

Cross a small creek on a plank bridge.

MRT005

Location: 44.1952207, -122.0416474

Pass a couple of campsites south of Scott Creek.

MRT006

Location: 44.1986975, -122.0420766

Cross Scott Creek on a picturesque log bridge. Continue north.

MRT007

Location: 44.2013895, -122.0420337

You'll catch glimpses of the river through the trees as you hike along this stretch. For up-close views of the McKenzie's turquoise-colored waters, turn left for a quick jaunt to the river banks.

MRT008

Location: 44.2043083, -122.0389223

Cross a bridge over Boulder Creek, then follow the trail north toward the highway.

MRT009

Location: 44.2054966, -122.0397806

The trail intersects NFD 2650 Road and the McKenzie River. Relax by the river, then turn around and return to Belknap Springs.

Scott Creek

Location: 44.1986975, -122.041862

This bridge consists of one log and one handrail.

The McKenzie River

Location: 44.2017741, -122.0419264

Bridge Crossing

Location: 44.2043007, -122.038874

Boulder Creek

Location: 44.2043353, -122.0389223

Mossy Forest

Location: 44.205512, -122.0396519