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.

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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. 

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: June 16, 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)


Forest Road 730 (Trail Bridge Campground): The main access road to Trail Bridge Campground will be CLOSED starting at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20 through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24; an alternate route using FS 655 is available, although the road conditions prohibit recreational vehicles and vehicles towing trailers. When not closed, there may be up to 30 minute delays 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily starting June 13 through the end of the project, July 15.​.. read more

Highway 242 (Old McKenzie Highway): OPEN. Please be careful of work trucks while traveling on this road. Bicycle traffic beyond the gate at Alder Springs campground is now possible, at your own risk.

Forest Road 19 (Aufderhiede Drive): OPEN 

Forest Road 15 to Wolf Rock (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

Forest Road 480 (Road to Castle Rock Trailhead): Heaving logging and hauling activity may cause significant delays (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: June 16, 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 5,200 feet. Trail conditions change more in spring and fall following changing snow levels. We clear the low elevation, popular trails first.

McKenzie River Trail: Expect up to 20 minute delays at the junction of the McKenzie River Trail and Deer Creek road (Forest Road 2654) during the week of June 20-24, 2016. Bikers and hikers may experience 15-20 minute delays at either end of the construction site for the Deer Creek restoration project. Additionally, the parking area for the Deer Creek Hot Springs will be closed during this time. The Willamette National Forest is implementing a floodplain restoration project to restore floodplain function and improve habitat for ESA-Threatened spring Chinook salmon and bull trout, as well as other species. We have not seen Chinook spawn in Deer Creek since 1993; by improving habitat conditions, we hope to see them spawning in Deer Creek again… read more

Reports of some trails with very heavy blowdown such as Chucksney and Patjens. Mosquitoes very thick in places.

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 

FS 1993 is open from Echo Trailhead to Pat Saddle Trailhead 

The McBee trail is cleared from Box Canyon to the Crossing Way junction

Crossing Way trail is clear from the trailhead to the wilderness boundary

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: June 16, 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: The main access road to Trail Bridge Campground will be CLOSED starting at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20 through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24; an alternate route using FS 655 is available, although the road conditions prohibit recreational vehicles and vehicles towing trailers.​ Expect up to 30-minute delays on the road to Trail Bridge Campground June 27 – July 1 and July 11 – July 15. No restrictions will be in place July 2 – July 10. Dispersed camping sites, parking, and day use activities on FS 730 north of Trail Bridge Campground will be CLOSED June 20 through July.​.. read more

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