The McKenzie River Path ventures by way of previous lava flows, previous views of crystal-clear blue waters, and traverses lush old-growth forests. It’s a comparatively brief and straightforward backpacking journey that you would be able to hike over a protracted weekend in case your time is proscribed, and it’s one of many few routes that’s accessible in spring and early summer time within the Pacific Northwest. Plus, it affords a tempting alternative to take a dip in a scorching springs pool in direction of the top of your journey.
We beloved not having to hold a lot water whereas mountaineering the McKenzie River Path. And in the event you begin from the Higher Trailhead, the route follows a delicate grade that’s principally downhill. The campsites on the northern half of the path are in developed campgrounds, which may very well be thought-about a draw back (extra crowds and costs), however the ease of accessibility additionally offers a singular alternative for backpacking with help and the power to make use of campground facilities (fireplace pits, bathrooms, and so forth.). It additionally permits loads of flexibility so far as the size of your journey and the place you enter and exit the path.