This scenic and twisty highway rises up the west side of the Cascade Mountains through the Three Sisters Wilderness over the pass and down the East side into the High desert country of Central Oregon.
As you approach the summit you begin to pass through the lava beds created long ago by some of the Peaks you will see up close.
At the Summit, there is a a great wayside called the Dee Wright Observatory, built of lava stone in such a way that, on a clear day you can see many of the Peaks along the crest of the Cascades.
The North Sister is very close by to the SE and to the North are Mt. Washington, Jefferson and others.
The road continues twisty and scenic right into to the little town of Sisters (picture a small version of Jackson, Wyoming) and as you continue East toward Bend, Oregon you can look back at a panorama of snow-capped peaks that is breathtaking.
I've ridden motorcycles over that road many times and it's one of my favorite in Oregon.
I'm taking a long road trip in August and hope to return through Sisters and come over one of my most cherished roads, and hopefully take some video for this site.
It's closed in winter and usually opens in June or July, so be sure and check on that.
- Rider from North Bend, OR (5/30/13)
Rode the Makenzie Pass, Highway 242, on Monday September 15th and it was pure fun.
The road reopened mid August with a couple new bridges and some short sections of new pavement.
My daughter and I, she was on back, had no problems with the other traffic.
It was fairly busy for a Monday with quite a few motorhomes, sport cars and bikes sharing the road.
There is still some gravel and other debris on the road, so keep an eye out.
I did hit one patch of gravel on a blind corner that slid me an inch or two.
It was my first time back on two wheels after 10 years, couldnít believe that I had missed it that much.
Lotís of fun sweepers and switchbacks to just let the road float by.
- Mike Whittle (9/18/08)
Road is currently closed for construction (summer 2007) and it is doubtful if it will open this year.
Check out Oregon Department of Transportation for road conditions.
- Tom, Portland, Oregon (9/4/07)