North Umpqua Trail (Calf Segment) is a 3.7 mile trail located near Idleyld Park, OR and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Roseburg: Western Trailhead) Travel east on Highway 138 to Forest Service Road 4714. Turn right onto 4714 and follow it to the Panther Trailhead, near Apple Creek Campground (south side of river). Limited parking is available at this trailhead. Horse trailers should proceed 200 feet past the trailhead to a wide area on the road. Restrooms are available at Apple Creek Campground.Eastern Trailhead) Travel east on Highway 138 to Forest Service Road 4750. Turn right onto 4750 and follow it a quarter mile to the Calf Creek Trailhead. Roadside parking is available before and after the trailhead on Road 4750. Dispersed campsite nearby, no restrooms or water available.
Our winter weather has been unseasonably dry and the lack of rainfall for the past week prompted me to go hiking on Christmas Eve. As suspected, when we drove out of the valley along Interstate 5, the fog cleared and we were met with clear blue skies, interspersed with the occasional low flying cloud. We hiked the Calf segment downstream. There were remnants of the freezing snowstorm a few weeks back as we ran into melting icicles still clinging onto rock overhangs where water now flows. Some of the well maintained trail was still covered in snow but for the most part, it was a great hike. With the river still quite low, large boulders that normally are surrounded by water were forming the shoreline. This hike takes you through a part of the forest that was burned in 2002. Although the forest is recovering, many tall dead trees still stand along the steep embankment and make striking silhouettes looking uphill against the sky. The trail hugs the south embankment of the North Umpqua River for the majority of the hike with an occasional side trek up a feeder creek and accompanying bridge. The trek is not difficult but narrow in parts and it is a steep slope down to the river below which ranges from a few feet off the river to a few hundred feet.