North Umpqua Trail: Jesse Wright Segment is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Idleyld Park, OR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Roseburg: Western Trailhead) Travel east on Highway to Forest Service Road 4770. Turn right and follow 4770 south to the Marsters Trailhead on the east side of Marsters Bridge. The trailhead is approximately 600 feet downstream with no restrooms or water. Horse trailers need to park at the wide area along 4770, 300 feet from the highway. Eastern Trailhead) Travel east on Hwy. 138 and turn onto Forest Service Road 4775; then immediately turning left onto Forest Service Road 4775-011. The Soda Springs Trailhead is at milepost 1.3, between Soda Springs Dam and Soda Springs Power House. A parking area is available for up to three horse trailers and up to three standard vehicles. The actual trail is accessed from parking area by following Road 4775-011 1.2 miles west, past the power house. Parking and trailhead location are separated by a primitive road.
This section of the North Umpqua trail is not too difficult. It parallels the river and all for a small section that has a few hundred foot climb and descent, tracks right along the river bank. Because of the recent heavy rails, the river was flowing high and all small creeks and inlets were gushing as eel. It was obvious that during the high water of last week that portions of the trail had been submerged. A lot of forest debris littered the trail and there were a few places where the trail just washed out. A small bit of cross country trekking got us back on the trail. We saw not another soul on the trail all day.