We've spent quite a bit of time on the coast so decided to head back into the Cascades. We drove the "old" McKenzie Highway (SR 242) which runs from the McKenzie Bridge area east to Sisters. There is a restriction of 35' total vehicle length to drive this road and it seems to be enforced and for good reason. I've driven a lot of narrow, twisty, turney roads over the years, but this just might take the prize. If your driving from the west entry, the McKenzie Bridge side, you're on the inside of the road. That way, if it get really tight, it's the other guy that falls off the cliff and not you.
Mostly we drove it so we could return to one of our major camping discoveries of our 2008 trip. It's a disbursed site right on beautiful, spring fed, Craig Lake. The last time it was just the three of us. This time we shared the spot with a couple tent camping. (44.24950 -121.83721)
|The lake from our campsite|
Right across the street is this meadow and then miles of lava field.
This goes down as one of our all time favorites.