This is McKenzie River Trail, in the Willamette National Forest. Trail starts out as a lava strewn disaster of sharp rocks and pain, but smoothes out nicely as it descends. Unfortunately, by the time the smooth part was on deck, I was absolutely pulverized by the upper technical portion, and felt more as though I was working a construction gig, or maybe boxing against Ali, instead of riding a bike. My analogy was, that I felt like the trail was laborious, rewardless pain. Like beating my 'crank' on a rock for no reason....
At least it was pretty. The trailhead sign where we deposited the third car for the shuttle.
After the drive up, the trail begins with a clear volcanic mountain lake.
The Volcanic theme extended to the trail surface of the upper portion as well. Sharp, leg-gutting rock. Not a good place to hit the deck. Easy enough, yeah?
More Lake Views, a little further down the trail.
Split log river crossings were pretty common. I think there were three?
The McKenzie River
Falls on the River. Very pretty trail, and less painful than up higher on the route, so it was easier to compartmentalize my pain and just enjoy the views...at least for a while.
Kissing the Trail
Northwest and Central Oregon
by John Zilly