McKenzie River Ranger District Recreation Updates

Remember, conditions can change rapidly, especially in wilderness areas and any time in winter.

We update the conditions report weekly (approximately). If you don't see an update for a particular week, it probably means that conditions have not changed significantly. Conditions cited below are the last reported. Click to return to forest-wide current conditions.

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We love to hear from you! If you want to report trail or campground conditions, or to let us know about your visit, please feel free to email, call or visit the station.

Ranger Station hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed on all federal holidays.

For more information call 541.822.3381 or email McKenzie River Ranger District


Local weather for McKenzie River Travel Corridor near the Ranger Station.


There are no reported river hazards at this time on the McKenzie River above Leaburg Dam.

Date: July 19, 2016

Road Conditions (Highway 20 and 126 from west) from
Road Conditions (Highway 126 and 242 from east) from
Road Cams (US 20 at Santiam Pass and US at Santiam Junction)


Highway 242 (Old McKenzie Highway): The 2016 Cascade Cycling Classic Stage 1 race on Wednesday, July 20 may cause delays. Please be very cautious of cyclists on the highway. Highway OPEN through to Sisters, OR to vehicles under 35 feet in length. This is a narrow, winding road; please use caution when traveling; this road is not recommended for large recreational vehicles. 

Forest Road 19 (Aufderhiede Drive): OPEN. Road work activities may cause delays up to 30 minutes in two separate more.

Forest Road 19 (Aufderhiede Drive): Hauling and logging activity at spur 408.

Forest Road 15-500 to Highway 126 (Blue River Reservoir Rd.): Heavy hauling, logging activity.

Forest Road 1993 mile post 3.8: A rockslide has closed the road to vehicle traffic.

Forest Road 2638 (Horse Creek Rd.): Some hauling, logging activity from 356 spur road; expect this hauling opertation to be completed soon.

Forest Road 480 (Road to Castle Rock Trailhead): Heaving logging and hauling activity may cause delays (should be no more than 20 minutes). 

Please refer to the Willamette National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map for Seasonal and Special Use Designation on the McKenzie River Ranger District.

Date: July 19, 2016

Trail Conditions Summary for McKenzie River Ranger District 
This summary lists all the trails on the district with a brief condition description and date for the trails that we have worked on. We do not have condition information for every trail. Please see the Date Reported column for the most recent condition information we have on a particular trail.

Snow line is approximately 6,000 feet. Trail conditions change more in spring and fall following changing snow levels. We clear the low elevation, popular trails first.

Foley Ridge Trail may not be cleared until late July due to a large quantity of down trees.

FS 356 spur is open to Horsepasture Trailhead 

Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permits:  Advance reservations are now ONLY available through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Visit our Obsidian Limited Entry Permit Page for more information.

Date: July 19, 2016

Campground and cabin reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service, by calling the toll-free number: 1-877-444-6777 or online to

List of all campgrounds and day use sites in the McKenzie Santiam Travel Corridor with scheduled open/close dates, fees and key amenities.

Sunnyside Campground CLOSED: The opening of Sunnyside Campground is contingent upon the repair of the access road to the campground. The project completion date is unknown at this time. Call the McKenzie River Ranger Station prior to making travel plans for Sunnyside Campground.

Trail Bridge Campground: Expect up to 30-minute delays on the road to Trail Bridge Campground June 27 – July 1 and July 11 – July 15. The secondary road to the campground and reservoir is single-lane, graveled with steep grades and features limited pull-outs or passing areas. The secondary road is not suited for passenger cars, motor homes or vehicles towing trailers or fifth wheels. Due to the primitive condition of the road, recreational vehicles and vehicles towing trailers are not recommended.​ No restrictions will be in place July 2 – July 10. EWEB will begin CLOSING dispersed camping sites, parking, and day use activities on FS 730 north of Trail Bridge Campground June 20.​.. read more 

Dispered Camping Deer Creek Road: Due to the floodplain restoration project taking place at Deer Creek (see more info under McKenzie River Trail above), the dispersed campsites off 2654-782 will all be CLOSED until completion of the project. The project completion date has not yet been finalized. 

Terwilliger Hot Springs:  Fees at Terwilliger Hot Springs are $6.00 per person for a day pass (can pay onsite) and $70 for an annual pass. Fee area includes hot springs, trail, lagoon, and parking.


Before you plan an activity on the Forest, please be sure to check whether you need a permit or pass. Information about Recreation Passes.


Fire Information



Snow Levels from Natural Resources Conservation Services Snotel website

Santiam Winter Recreation Page