North Umpqua Trail: Panther Segment is a 4.5 mile heavily 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: Travel east on Highway 138, 23 miles past the North Umpqua Ranger Station, and cross the Mott Bridge to the Fisherman's Parking Lot at the Steamboat Work Center. Trail begins here.
I hiked about half of this section from the Mott Trailhead. Beautiful trail and I LOVE the North Umpqua!
We hiked this segment in a downstream direction. The first two thirds of the trek has the trail cut high above the river into a steep mountainside. We could hear the river below but could never see it. The lush vegetation and the dense tree cover masked how steep a drop off it was off the trail to the river far below. Steep basalt cliffs rising above on the uphill side of the trail were quite spectacular. The last third of the hike dropped us down near river's edge and to a flatter terrain. A bright sunny day combined with the lush overhead canopy created both warm, bright sections of the trail and shaded, cool segments.
We only did this segment of the North Umpqua, but hope to come back to do the entire trail. It's pretty, with some rocks to climb around on. -But I just wasn't blown away by the scenery. Pretty standard river hike, friendly to all skill levels. We didn't see anyone else, there's a bonus!