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
- Distance: 4.8
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From the Belknap Springs Resort parking area, walk south 650 feet to connect with the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail.
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Turn right onto McKenzie River National Scenic Trail and hike east. The trail is bordered by the McKenzie River and OR 126.
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After briefly paralleling the highway, the path dips into the forest and traces the river bed.
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Cross a small creek on a plank bridge.
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Pass a couple of campsites south of Scott Creek.
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Cross Scott Creek on a picturesque log bridge. Continue north.
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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.
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Cross a bridge over Boulder Creek, then follow the trail north toward the highway.
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The trail intersects NFD 2650 Road and the McKenzie River. Relax by the river, then turn around and return to Belknap Springs.
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This bridge consists of one log and one handrail.
The McKenzie River
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