Winter Hike on the McKenzie River Trail

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This is a guest post by Ja’Ana and Alissa.

On President’s Day, we took a hike with our youth group.  We drove east of Salem on Hwy 126 towards Sisters.  We passed Detroit Lake, and then went to the McKenzie River trails.  We could not park in the parking lot because there was too much snow, so we parked on the side of the road.

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The trail led us down a pretty easy path towards 2 waterfalls.  The thing that made it harder was that there was snow on and around part of the trail.

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At times, we hiked above the river and there were steep drop-offs.  There was a part where we could see the railing, and parts where it was buried by snow.   Where we were hiking over snowdrifts, we had to follow the beaten path.  If we got to one side or the other, we sunk through the snow.  The more we got into the snow, the colder and wetter we got.

We took lunches in our backpacks and enjoyed them at the second waterfall.

In all, we hiked for about 2-1/2 hours, and went in to 2 waterfalls and back again.  We think that during the summer, this hike could have been made much quicker because it would have been easier.

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Once we got back into the vans, we soon warmed up and made our way home.  It was a fun, eventful day and we are glad we went.

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