Explore the most popular camping trails in Umpqua National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Twin Lakes Trail

11 days ago

Beautiful trail with a wide variety of plants. Early June day brought a fluke snowstorm, which only added to the incredible scenery. Evidence of last year's massive forest fire is everywhere. Great people tirelessly cleared the trail and brought it back to life. 2 beautiful lakes close together, easy hike.

Great hike with amazing views! Rock climbing was super sketchy. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

The comments below are not correct. The MOTT segment of the North Umpqua Trail is NOT closed. The NUT is broken up into segments, the Tioga and Marsters segments are still closed due to fire damage, per US Forest service as of 5/29/18.
I just hiked the MOTT segment May 28, 2018. It’s in great shape. In my opinion it’s the easiest of the segments, it’s nearly flat the entire time. Minimal elevation change.

This was a very challenging hike, yet very rewarding. We still had patches of snow that were deep higher up the trail and it made it almost impossible to keep eyes on the trail, so we blazed our own. The climbing is not as easy as some make it out to be. The summit block may be class 3-5, depending on your abilities and experience, however, on the way up there is a section of class 5 climbing with quite a bit of exposure. This was my first summit, however, I went with two experienced friends who have summited Mount Hood 8 times between them. The variation we took, according to them, is more difficult to climb than Hood. Be safe, make smart decisions, and have fun.

on Fish Lake

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful hike and full of history! Bring bug spray!

trail running
1 month ago

First, this trail is still closed and I do NOT recommend anyone ignore the closure. However, the trail is still passable, if not a little sketchy in areas. The closure technically starts 3 miles in from the Tioga bridge side. I did find a forest service vehicle and crew out working on this section, so it may be opening up shortly. It's a lot of uphill and downhill, great cardio. Some very nice flat forest sections. The trail does get a bit narrow around the 3 mile point as your climbing up above the river, but not bad at all.

Great adventure, extremely peaceful . Is low foot traffic. Awesome swimming spots . Dogs on leash. Great photography.!

hiking
1 month ago

Did about 3 mi round trip South of Cedar Creek. Great places to get off the trail and access the creek. Some of the footing is challenging when wet. Saw two kinds of orchids. Fawn Lily and Trillium are plentiful but were past their peak today. Literally no invasive plant species seen!

Attempted this 3 times and only made it to the top once. The last bit is insane.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail. Hiked this last April 2017. Brice creek is so clear and beautiful. Well maintained trail. I started lower than the campgrounds, I think at Cedar Creek. It ended up being about a 5 mike hike. I ran out of time and had to turn back right below Trestle Falls. I came back later in the summer and hiked to the falls. Cool falls, would’ve prob been more impressive in the spring when there is more water.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, clean, well maintained trail and day use areas. The campgrounds are closed till May but the restrooms are open and clean. Excellent for kids, grandparents and dogs. Didn't see any litter or animal poops.

Closed due to recent fires.

Beautiful hike. Really recommend taking upper trestle creek. Well maintained trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Started at Cedar Creek Campground and added Trestle Creek Falls so haven't done the full trail but of it is still incredible out here. You will turn a bend and have a perfect, postcard worthy photo. Very quiet when we went. There are some very narrow sections that are likely to become dangerous if they are not maintained this spring, but overall a great year round hike.

Love hiking along the North Umpqua

Not a long hike and super sweet springs

backpacking
4 months ago

This trail is home to my first backpacking trip ever. We left Kelsay Valley Horse Camp around 4:30 pm (we were hiking in early August) and set up camp at Lucielle Lake, which is about 1 mile from Maidu Lake. We wanted to go the extra mile that night but we had completely ran out of daylight. The next day, we made it to Maidu Lake and spent a couple hours eating lunch, napping, and taking in the scenery. We tried a little fishing, to no avail. Maidu Lake is significant because it is the source of the North Umpqua River. This segment is the first portion of the North Umpqua Trail. The hike from the horse camp to Maidu Lake is primarily uphill. There is potential to be virtually eaten alive my mosquitos so bring ample amounts of repellent. I ran out of repellent while on the trip and brought home about 30 mosquito bites as a souvineer.

hiking
4 months ago

Visited Twin Lakes in July 2017. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. The two lakes are absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t have a problem with mosquitos when I visited. We were there mid day, around 1-2 pm. I highly recommend this hike. At this time, however, the road leading to Twin Lakes is closed due to fire damage that occurred during the summer.

As of 10/24/17, NF 4770 (the forest road that leads to Twin Lakes) is closed due to fire activity. The trail is unlikely to be accessible until late next spring.

on Soda Springs Trail

7 months ago

I had a fun time in this area I was apart of both builds along this trail. if you visit these sites in early spring you'll have the Beautiful view of butterflies. if you're around when the salmon and steelhead run then you'll get to see the fish spawning.

This was a rewarding hike. We hiked in to Thielsen Creek and camped for the night and then summited the next day. It was a tough hike for me, but it was worth it at the top.

Amazing hike, quite difficult without gear. I had to turn around a few hundred feet from the summit because I was alone and didn't want to risk it. I would recommend going with someone and bringing climbing gear.

trail running
10 months ago

Hot midday, smoke filled, solo summit. Left the car 1pm got back 5:30pm two groups of two as I was headed up. 1 man at junction of PCT. take plenty of water don't forget the electrolytes. 1 grouse

hiking
10 months ago

I would absolutely not advise attempting to get towards the summit with dogs. Beyond the PCT, things get progressively steeper and more sketchy.
About .75 miles after the junction with the PCT, we had no choice but to turn back as the trail was impassable except through bouldering.
Even so, we considered turning around before then as we cilmbed through a large amount of loose dirt and rock that was very difficult for our (in shape) dog. Please do not try to get near the summit with your pet unless it is a mountain goat.

There are beautiful view though and the lower part of the trail was very nice walking with our dog.

The trail was clear and obvious up to its Junction with the PCT at which point it meanders/splits and rejoins itself up to the scree fields and beyond.

I would recommend using mid-height approach boots and potentially ankle gaiters to help deal with the sand and scree up and down.

If you are comfortable with rock climbing and scrambling the summit push will be a class 3 as long as you avoid exposing yourself. Otherwise, I would consider this a class 4 and recommend a belay up and down along with a well-planned route for the climber.

Also be aware the sun at altitude is very strong and there is a high level of exposure beyond the the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Plan accordingly.

A beautiful trail with old growth forest. fantastic views, 2 beautiful lakes and wildflowers. The mosquitos were thick at the parking lot (thank you, previous hikers, for the warning) but there were very few at the lakes. The lakes are exceptionally beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy and beautiful hike. My three year old daughter loved it. Would do it again!

very nice hike but mosquitoes were bad.

trail running
11 months ago

Went in February/March Great section for trail running, fairly flat and right next to the river!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Went when there was still some snow, pretty spicy without rock climbing gear, but with trad gear it was very cool!

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