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From Sisters the McKenzie Pass Byway follows the path of an 1860’s wagon route, ascending through forest until arriving at Windy Point with a great view of Mount Washington and a 65-square-mile lava flow.
Soon 5,325-foot McKenzie Pass is reached. There is a fascinating lava rock structure to explore, Dee Wright Observatory, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. Views to the south were dominated by Middle and North Sisters, to the north by Mt. Washington.
On a short descent from McKenzie Pass I took a detour to Scott Lake, a popular camping area with nice views of the Sisters.
This drive is a great way to get an appreciation of the dynamic beauty of the Central Oregon Cascades.
Interestingly enough, the Pass was closed for the winter a few days after I visited it. I was lucky enough to hit the Bypass at the height of its autumn beauty.
Dee Wright Observatory
What a difference a day makes