What’s your ideal hike? Taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Umpqua National Forest including lush landscapes, noteworthy waterfalls and a breathtaking river? Perhaps you’re seeking a challenging climb? Or maybe you’re just wanting some fun on the trail with the family? Whatever it be, your perfect hiking match awaits you along the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail.
Susan Creek Falls Trail
Susan Creek Falls Trail is a moderate 1.5-mile out and back trail located 29 miles east of Roseburg on Highway 138. The trail features a spectacular 60-foot waterfall and historic Indian mounds. The trail is accessible year-round and hikers are advised to watch out for poison oak.
Fall Creek Trail
Fall Creek Trail is a short and beautiful hike for families including a wooden bridge and waterfall. The easy, mile-long trail is located in Fall Creek on Highway 138, about 6 miles east of Steamboat.
While the Mott Trail is rated moderate, it does stretch 5.5 miles one way. The trail begins at the south side of the North Umpqua River and gently proceeds along the riverside for beautiful views.
Boulder Creek Trail
The 10.6-mile trail starts from the end of Soda Springs Dam Road. Boulder Creek is a critical spawning site for fish and a gorgeous trail to witness the creek weaving itself between rapids, pools and small waterfalls through a deep canyon. The trail is a combination of ridgetop, sidehill and stream bottom trail locations and a view of Boulder Creek Gorge.
Toketee Falls Trail
What a sight to see on this hike. Toketee Falls pours down the side of basalt cliffs into a blue pool on this easy, .8-mile round trip hike. Turn off Highway 138 onto Road #34, the west entrance to Toketee Ranger Station. In the summer, the pool below the falls is a popular swimming hole.
Watson Falls Trail
Watson Falls is the third highest waterfall in Oregon and highest in Southern Oregon. It’s an easy, .5-mile hike to see this gorgeous waterfall plunging 272 feet and the basalt cliffs surrounding it. The trail is off Highway 138, just past the east entrance to Toketee Ranger Station.
Mt. Thielsen Trail
Get spectacular views on this challenging hike up Mt. Thielsen. The trail begins at the Mount Thielsen Trailhead just 1.5 miles north of the Highway 138 and 230 junction near Diamond Lake. The climb connects with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and proceeds up the summit. It is a gradual to steep climb and caution is advised the last 200 feet. Also keep in mind that no water is available.
Mt. Bailey Trail
Sitting above Diamond Lake and staring at Mount Thielsen is Mount Bailey. The mountain’s 5-mile trail starts at the South Shore of Diamond Lake and ascends the mountain to the summit. Mount Bailey is rocky and steep, lending it to be a difficult climb.