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I rode the pass last year on May 12th and did a ride report on it.. you've got to do it, it's an amazing experience.

ODOT was still removing debris on the west side of the pass. I'm sure the pass will not open before May and given the deeper snowpack this year, I wouldn't be surprised if it's mid-late June before the west side is clear. The east side is more exposed and was free of snow last year but the west side had up to 4 feet of plowed snow on each side down to 4,000 feet. I took a risk last year and just showed up. I'd personally call ODOT or keep an eye on the region 4 website.. they have a table of the historical opening dates and the range is pretty broad - bear in mind these are the dates the pass opens for cars, the "open to cyclists only" period is usually 10-14 days.

Hope this helps.

tristan said:
Hi all-

I've heard that the gate closing Mckenzie Pass (OR) to traffic remains closed a week or so after the snow clears. This allows for a car-free ride. Jsut wondering if anyone knows when the snow shoudl be gone up there and when I should try it. THanks
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