Hwy. 242

Winter conditions remain in the mountains

On Friday afternoon (06/21/2013) Samantha Kennedy, 33, from Waldport, was dropped off at Elk Lake for a solo hike north on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). On Saturday at 6:18PM a 911 call was received from Kennedy stating she was on the PCT but was in deep snow and unable to continue traveling north. She also stated that she was unsure if she could find her way back to Elk Lake as she only had a cell phone and no additional navigational tools.

Share road signHighway crews have installed signs reminding motorists that cyclists have become more a part of the traffic mix on Hwy. 242.

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Old McKenzie Pass, which has been open to pedestrians and bicyclists - from milepost 8 to 28 - will officially open to all traffic at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 16th. That’s about a week earlier than last year, when it reopened on June 21st.

The route annually closes due to winter snows. On May 1st, the route had been opened up for non-motoring traffic.
The Oregon Dept. of Transportation closed the highway for the winter on November 14th. This year’s reopening is over one month ahead of the latest ever, which occurred back on July 29th of 1999.

Snowbank on Hwy. 242By Ayleen Crotty

MCKENZIE BRIDGE: Follow the path of an 1860s wagon route and get ready to climb. The Old McKenzie Pass is a special region of Oregon that, due to extreme snowfall and narrow winding climbs, is only open a few months out of the year. At the beginning of the season, ODOT plows the road and opens it exclusively for non-motorized traffic. The smooth, clear pass is now available to bikers likely until June 16th – so get out there while you can.

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