The Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Road 19) connects Rainbow OR (1,209 ft., on the McKenzie River) with mountain-bike mecca Oakridge OR (also 1,209 ft., on the Willamette River), crossing a 3,620-foot divide at the rustic Box Canyon Forest Service facility.
The north side of the climb is heavily forested and very scenic, with constant views of the South Fork of the McKenzie River and Cougar Lake reservoir. The climb begins at the Delta Campground, one mile west of Rainbow OR on State Highway 126. From the campground, continue on Forest Road 19, cross the bridge over the McKenzie River, and take the first right turn (continuing straight is a dead-end road ending at the powerhouse below Cougar Lake reservoir).
The road is narrow, in good condition, with a few short gravel patches. Enjoy the views.