From Eugene, OR: Drive east on Hwy 126. Just past the McKenzie River Ranger station approx 2.5 miles, turn right onto Hwy 242. This is the old McKenzie Pass Highway. Vehicles are limited to 34 feet total length. This Highway closes with the first snow. With in of few miles of the summit, you will see signs directing you to turn left onto the road into Scott Lake. Park in the Trailhead (fee parking). From Bend, OR: Drive west on Hwy 20 to Sisters, OR. On the west side of Sisters, turn left to access Hwy 242. Proceed up the Highway to the summit at Dee Wright Observatory. Continue west through the lava fields until you come to the sign directing you to turn right into Scott Lake.
The old Mckenzie Pass Highway 242 is a part of the National Scenic Highway system. It is not designed for large vehicles. Maximum length is 34 feet and there are numerous signs so advising. The McKenzie Pass area is blessed with abundant photo opportunties both inside and outside the Wildernesses that lie on both sides of the highway. Those wildernesses are the Three Sisters and the Mt. Washington. It is advisable to have maps and all necessary gear if you enter wild areas regardless of day trips or overnights. Entry permits are required to enter the Obsidian area at the base of North and Middle Sister.
Our family tries to hold an "end of summer" camp each year. This year we camped at Scott Lake on the Willamette National Forest. The view across the lake includes the Three Sisters mountains. These volcanic peaks lie within the Three Sisters Wilderness. My outdoor photography efforts were hampered this season by hip replacement surgery, but I made sure to take the camera on this trip. The previous couple of days were marked by heavy lightning and rain. The evening of this image we were fortunate for clearing and enough of the setting sun to light up the mountains and clouds. The McKenzie Pass area has abundant natural features with plenty of hiking trails to access viewpoints.