Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) is part of the 220 mile West Cascades Scenic Byway, which runs north to south, skirting the northern half of Oregon's Cascade Mountain Range. 

Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19) connects Highways 126 (McKenzie River) and 58 (Oakridge), winding through the lush undergrowth of the majestic Willamette National Forest and meandering along the cold, clear waters of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. Popular with cyclists and hikers, the road connects Oakridge / Westfir with the McKenzie River communities. Many popular recreation sites are located along the route, including Cougar Reservoir and Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs. This route is not maintained during the winter, generally from November until April.

  • Length: 60 miles / 96.5 km
  • Time to Allow: Take two hours to drive the byway or four hours to stop at places along the way

An audio cassette or CD is available for travelers of the Robert Aufderheide Memorial Drive segment of the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. It can be picked up and returned, free of charge, at the Middle Fork Ranger District and the McKenzie River Ranger District offices.

Learn more from Travel Oregon at

Oregon Scenic Byways Official Driving Guide

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Road is not maintained for snow and ice. Sections may not be passable in the winter. Call 541-822-3381 for conditions.
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Oakridge, OR
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413
541-822-3381 Middle Fork Ranger District
46375 Highway 58
Westfir, OR 97492

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