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June 4, 2014
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79 miles of scenic wilderness on the North Umpqua Trail

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


Length:15.7 miles

Difficulty: Difficult, steep terrain, long distance

Trailheads: Swiftwater and Wright Creek


Length: 5.5

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailheads: Wright Creek and Mott


Length: 5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailheads: Mott and Panther


Length: 3.7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailheads: Panther and Calf


Length: 3.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailheads: Calf and Marsters

Jessie Wright

Length: 4.1 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailheads: Marsters and Soda Springs

Deer Leap

Length: 9.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate (west to east); difficult (east to west)

Trailheads: Soda Springs and Toketee Lake

Hot Springs

Length: 3.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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

Difficulty: Difficult

Trailheads: Hot Springs and White Mule


Length: 6.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailheads: White Mule and Kelsay Valley


Length: 9 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Trailheads: Kelsay Valley and Digit Point Access

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