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    poison oak on McKenzie river trail?

    We'll be up in Oregon biking in mid August, and are thinking of doing the McKenzie river trail but looking at the elevations, there must be poison oak on the trail.

    How bad is it?

    Can it be avoided?

    thanks

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    Never noticed any. The only place I might imagine finding it is in the lower sections around Belknap, Paradise, and the ranger station.

    Was just up there last weekend. The lava below Tamolitch Falls / Blue Pool and the exposure around Trailbridge Reservoir had much more of my attention.

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    I don't recall any either and I had a couple of off-trail "excursions" that definitely would have resulted in a overall body-coating if it had been there.
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    I'm highly allergic to poison oak & I never have had any problems on the McKenzie River Trail. If there is any there, staying on the trail will avoid it.

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    I wouldn't worry about it. Ridden it dozens of times and never have seen any nor heard of anyone getting poison oak from riding MRT. Not that I really stopped and looked....but the oak likes to grow in places that get a bit of sunshine, and most of McKenzie river trail is in pretty thick/shady forest canopy.

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    I am so allergic to poison oak that I get the stuff just thinking about it. Didn't get any on my MRT ride. But if you have doubts, just hit yourself with Tecnu after the ride. That stuff is the best.

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