The North Umpqua Trail (N.U.T.) offers thrill-seekers a mountain biking experience like none other. This rare gem is an IMBA Epic trail system that carves its way through the lush Umpqua National Forest for 79 miles.
Starting just 22 miles northeast of Roseburg off Highway 138, the N.U.T. sits in the lap of the Cascade Mountain range and weaves alongside thundering waterfalls, hot springs, old growth trees and the scenic North Umpqua River.
Avid mountain biker and Mudslinger Events Director, Mike Ripley, called the N.U.T. “one of the most unchanged and beautifully rugged single-tracks in America.”
While offering plenty of campgrounds and picturesque pit-stops along the way, the point-to-point trail brings to the table a whopping 95-percent singletrack — more than 4,000 feet in ascension and 7,880 feet in descension. With 11 different sections dividing up the route, each ranging from 3 to 16 miles in length, this adventure is a great one to spread out over a few days.
Planning Your Ride
The trail can be ridden in either direction - although downstream is recommended. The N.U.T. is best during the spring, summer and fall months, and is categorized intermediate to advanced. Parking can be limited at the trailheads and there is no shuttle service unless you have an outfitter. If you prefer a guided trip, check out Oregon Mountain Guides.
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