A Late Autumn Visit to the McKenzie Pass Byway


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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.

Dee Observatory

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

Mt. Washington from McKenzie Pass

The Sisters from McKenzie Pass

A Hazy Mt. Jefferson from McKenzie Pass

What a difference a day makes

Scott Lake

The Sisters from Sisters

 

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4 comments

  1. Have a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving. Causin Ed

    On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 9:08 AM John Carr Outdoors wrote:

    > John Carr posted: ” Welcome to John Carr Outdoors! Please visit the blog > and follow. The follow button can be found at the bottom of the page. If > you are seeing this on Facebook, click the link to visit the blog to see > all of the photos. Happy Thanksgiving” >

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  2. I love McKenzie Pass and the entire area around Sisters. It was unexpected scenery the first time and fondly recalled by your pictures.

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