Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, photography, fishing and sightseeing opportunities are plentiful among the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail along the North Umpqua River.
The trail starts at Swiftwater Park, 22 miles east of Roseburg, and ends at Maidu Lake, the source of the North Umpqua River, in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness.
In the early 1970s, hiking enthusiasts envisioned a trail through the Umpqua National Forest. Through the efforts of volunteers and federal and local governments, ground was broken in 1978. The trail was completed in 1997.
Segments of the trail vary from 3.5 to 15.7 miles in length and can be accessed by 12 main trailheads.
Primitive camping is allowed along the trail.
Several spectacular sites can be viewed from the trail.
The 9.6-mile Deer Leap Segment boasts the Medicine Creek Indian Pictographs and Toketee Falls, a double-tiered waterfall that plunges 80 and 40 feet over a sheer wall of columnar basalt into the emerald pool.
Hikers can follow a half-mile trail off the Hot Springs Segment that leads to a 108-degree hot springs covered by a log structure.
Natural occurrences such as slides, forest fires, fallen trees and snow pack affect trail conditions during the year.
Trail users are also advised to watch for signs and detours on pathways and should contact these offices for updated maps, trail conditions and information:
Roseburg District Bureau of Land Management
777 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Umpqua National Forest
2900 N.W. Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97470
North Umpqua Ranger District
18782 North Umpqua Highway
Glide, OR 97443
Diamond Lake Ranger District
2020 Toketee Ranger Station Road
Idleyld Park, OR 97447
Trail Segments of the North Umpqua Trail
Difficulty: Difficult, steep terrain, long distance
Trailheads: Swiftwater and Wright Creek
Trailheads: Wright Creek and Mott
Length: 5 miles
Trailheads: Mott and Panther
Length: 3.7 miles
Trailheads: Panther and Calf
Length: 3.6 miles
Trailheads: Calf and Marsters
Length: 4.1 miles
Trailheads: Marsters and Soda Springs
Length: 9.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (west to east); difficult (east to west)
Trailheads: Soda Springs and Toketee Lake
Length: 3.5 miles
Trailheads: Toketee Lake and Hot Springs
Limitations: The Deer Creek Bridge was destroyed. To reach the Umpqua Hot Springs, go to the trailhead off Forest Service Road 3401, hike past the restroom and make a hard left onto the North Umpqua Trail. To reach the hot springs, cross the trail bridge over the river.
Dread and Terror
Length: 13 miles
Trailheads: Hot Springs and White Mule
Length: 6.3 miles
Trailheads: White Mule and Kelsay Valley
Length: 9 miles
Trailheads: Kelsay Valley and Digit Point Access