The "Aufderheide", a National Forest Scenic Byway,
Find it on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway in Oregon

the roaring river found in between the south mckenzie and north fork of the middle willamette, a wild and scenic river, on the west cascades national scenic byway.

The Roaring River, located between the south McKenzie River and the north fork of the
Middle Willamette, a wild and scenic river on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway in Oregon.

The Aufderheide on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway, 70 miles of outstanding beauty and wonder, is clearly marked from the Willamette Pass, just west of the town of Oakridge, Oregon. The sign also says "Westfir", giving directions to a small community where the scenic byway begins.

  • The Aufderheide leads one first along the north fork of the middle fork of the wild and scenic Willamette River. If you get there early enough in the year, you'll find some great swimming holes. Regardless the time of year - the views are spectacular.

  • Leave the Willamette behind and travel an expanse of national forest land before coming to the Roaring River, a tumbling churning flow of cerulean blue water.

  • Not long after the Roaring River, find the south fork of the McKenzie River, a beautiful and charming flow. Stop at different turnouts to enjoy the view. Swim if you like. Continue and you'll find Terwilliger (Cougar) hot springs in the vicinity of Cougar Reservoir, known as the Cougar Recreation Area. Terwilliger hot spring is beautiful - six pools descending mountain steps & quite popular. A few years ago the forest service started charging a per person fee of $5.00, so plan ahead.

  • The reservoir at Cougar Dam is great for boating, fishing, any water sport, and there are many campgrounds. After the reservoir, you'll come out on the McKenzie Pass, but before you make that new, and also, quite beautiful, journey, you might want to stop at Delta Campground. Perhaps you'll spend the night, regardless, you might seriously consider the Delta Old Growth Nature Trail.

  • Delta Old Growth Nature Trail is only .5 mile; it's wheel chair accessible and some of the trees are 650 years old. Find the trailhead in the campground. When you're ready to, take on the McKenzie Pass and everything it has to offer, you won't be disappointed.

If you want to explore this area more, check out the Tour of the Western Cascades Scenic Byway and/ or the Scenic Byway of the McKenzie Pass: Travel Directions, Map: page 1 and page 2, and Scenery.

Protect our National Forests and Wilderness Areas. Leave NO Trace!
Be sure to check out fire conditions at the Ranger Station before traveling,
hiking or camping in the forest.


Forward ~ Travel Directions on the Willamette Pass, Hwy 58.

Back ~ Hiking trails on the McKenzie Pass - Santiam Pass Oregon Scenic Byway.

Brad and I invite you to explore the West Cascades National Scenic Byway: Directions, Map and Scenery, and also, the Willamette Pass in the Cascade Mountains: Directions, Map and Scenery. If you're interested and have a suitable vehicle, try the Crescent Lake Oakridge "inback" Tour as Brad calls it. Enjoy wild and scenic rivers, waterfalls, hiking trails, old growth forests, campgrounds, lakes, scenic byways, mountains and volcanoes and more.

mt shasta photographed from klamath basin in oregon.  

Travel Oregon and northern California while staying at Gathering Light ... a retreat
located in southern Oregon near Crater Lake National Park.


Travel to on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway to Gathering Light .... a retreat: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery and the Willamette Pass, Hwy 58: Travel Directions, Map & Scenery.

Travel Directions to and Day Trips of around 100 miles the retreat.

Little known Scenic Places, opportunities to photograph nature: hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, birding, and more, all near to Crater Lake and the retreat: Directions Map & Scenery.

Cabins on the river at gathering light ... a retreat in southern oregon near crater lake national park: cabins, treehouses in the forest on the river.  

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