ODOT has given the official word. Hwy 242, McKenzie Pass is open to bikes and pedestrians (would be great for longboards too I think). I rode it last week before it was open and it was great! The first time I’d ridden it. Parked at the ranger station, rode 24 miles (about to milepost 77), then turned back for an amazing downhill. Only one car near the very end, going the other direction. Seven foot tall snowbanks, peaceful road, great views….definitely one of the stellar rides in our area!
Here’s the info from ODOT:
Snow removed from one lane across McKenzie Pass Highway
Highway open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only
BEND— Snow removal on a single lane of The Old McKenzie Pass Highway (OR 242) has been completed, giving pedestrians and bicyclists an opportunity to enjoy the highway before motor vehicle traffic is allowed. The highway is open only to pedestrians and bicyclists and remains closed to motor vehicles.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to travel the single lane with caution and be alert for ODOT trucks or heavy machinery still working along the road.
The highway will not be opened to motor vehicle traffic until all the snow melts off the roadway. There is no firm date for reopening but it’s anticipated it will be in July.
ODOT maintenance crews report that 20-foot snow drifts can still be found along the edge of the cleared lane.
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