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.

hiking
3 days ago

An absolute gem and worth the long drive to get there. If you are lucky there is a hidden wonder to be found....

Highly trafficked place, many varieties of people... I went twice at night and once in the day. Seeing it in the light was so disgusting that I will never go back (and I am not a germaphobe). It is a beautiful place but it is ruined by the amount of people that flock to it. Road to hot springs is very pot holy, high clearance vehicle recommended but not needed.

hiking
9 days ago

Took my mom on this trail, first half mile was a climb but with lots of breaks she made it. The lake is amazingly clear and pristine. Great place to spend the day enjoying the area!
Trail is clearly marked and easy to follow.

hiking
19 days ago

We took on this hike as a family on a cloudy Sunday after it rained the night before. The trail is a really well worn trail although in a few places the vegetation is encroaching on the trail.

The fire a few years ago really took a toll on some of the area but it is starting to make a comeback. The lakes are just as beautiful as they've always been.

There is a shelter and a bathroom near the biggest lake. There used to be a second shelter but it burned in the fire.

If you'd love a great overview of the lakes then take the upper trail to the rock outcropping that overlooks both lakes. The view is amazing!

hiking
27 days ago

We hiked in from the Beaver Swamp trailhead, you drive past the Fish Lake trailhead about 5 miles and the hike is just under 4 miles round trip to get to the lake.

hiking
29 days ago

Great day hike. Look down into the crater lake bowl, great views of diamond lake and can see for miles. Pretty easy to the PCT junction then a fun rock scramble( just be respectful if other people around as lots of loose rocks) capped off by a fairly easy 80-100ft rock climb up to the peak. The climb down is a bit more challenging though.

At the top there is room for up to three people at the same time maybe so enjoy the views take pictures and leave your name in the metal canister there if you wish. Overall a good workout but more than worth it!

First three miles are a climb at about a twelve to fifteen percent grade, scramble starts on the last mile, the last seventy feet are the climb and if you're lucky and there's a ripe someone who's climbing it that day lets you use, you're in luck. Best hike of my life. Tough. But so good. Bring layers and something for your skin for the windburn! Last mile is exposure central!

Nice easy walk, could be beautiful view but for the smoke. 09-15-2018 no snow very dry. The road in has some washboard 1st mile than some wash spot. Most suv wont have any problems, no 4x4 needed. Unless it’s raining or snowing.

Enjoying the walk along the river with my dogs.

This was a thrilling ascend, East side. not a lot of room on top, but enough to eat a sandwich and head back down.

Trail unsustainable, crowded parking lot. Not sure where the day use fees go. Graffiti everywhere, used tampon sitting in the middle of the hot spring. All in all nature ruined by humans.

camping
1 month ago

I adore this hike. I have yet to do the entire thing, but how done some sections around Cedar Creek and Lund Park Campgrounds, including the hike up to Trestle Creek Falls. Both campgrounds, especially Lund Park which is usually less crowded, provide lovely camping with trail access and nearby swimming holes. The trail takes you through beautiful Doug fir, red cedar and big leaf maple forest filled with wild flowers and maidenhair ferns along Brice Creek. The trail sometimes goes up above the creek but often comes down close enough to allow you to swim. There are many lovely swimming holes, though the water is always very cold. There are many smaller trails that branch off the main trail which take you to beautiful waterfalls and the trail is generally easy, going up and down enough to be a mild workout but not too much to be difficult. All around lovely trail and creek!

Trail is not marked except for a small sign on a tree. It's easy to go the wrong way when trying to hike down to the parking lot. Clothing is optional there so beware if you don't want to see naked people.
There are at least 9 pools each ranging from very hot to luke warm. One pool is near the river. The 4th pool up is my favorite. It has a great view of the gorge and river.
The incline on the hike is 1,000 ft long. There are rocky areas. There is hand rail on the area that has difficult footing.
I highly recommend seeing Tokepee Falls just 3 miles from the hot springs.

fishing
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Had an amazing time. The fire damage, yet heartbreaking, is interesting in itself. We caught some Brown Trout of the the larger lake and they were beautiful! I recommend visiting!

Great climb up to the top of Thielsen! The route is snow-free and tail is well-defined, basically up to the pinnacle.

For the summit pinnacle, head to the east face (right side) and look for a small gully. From the top of the gully, begin your accent on the far right and stay on that side for the entire scramble, shading slightly back to the south (left).

Not a terrible scramble if you're experienced, maybe class IV... if you don't have experience this one will scare the crap out of you due to its exposure.

Message me if you have questions! Cheers.

(Summit video: https://youtu.be/L9hKVbqGKtY )

It was the perfect weather, the smoke had cleared, and conditions were ideal!
The first part of the hike is pretty easy, up to the point where you intersect with the PCT.
Then the real elevation gain starts and it gets pretty tenuous on the loose rocks.
The climb to the summit is easy climbing, and we did it with minimal trad gear- I placed one piece of pro about 50’ up and there are plenty of places to anchor at the top.
Views are phenomenal, and exposure is significant but not crazy.
Rappelling off needs a 60 plus meter rope to get all the way to the base of the climb.
Super loose scree slope the way we went down which was fun in some places, and treacherous in others. Recommend ankle high boots or ankle gaiters to keep the rocks out.

backpacking
2 months ago

First day my daughter and I hiked in from the east trailhead. It was a nice hike and not as much burn damage as from the west trailhead. I then drove to & camped two nights at the west trailhead off of Little River Rd. Definitely would have been a 5 but there was so much burn damage from the fires last year it wasn’t as scenic as before the fire. Also there was smoke from fires in southern Oregon that made the views smoke-filled. The lakes are good for fishing & swimming in the summer. Beautiful spot. The forest will recover from the fires in a few years and all will be lush once again. No mosquitos mid August.

Super tough hike. Totally worth it though, I almost made it to the summit but I was by myself with no climbing gear. The worst part was going down the huge decline with a lot of loose rocks and pebbles. I would DEFINITELY recommend going with someone and bringing climbing gear!!

Hiked this today but started from the Windego Trail head a little further down the road. It takes about three miles off but based on the signs it was still and 18 mile round trip to the lake. Pretty easy hike for the first 4 miles then the trail heads gradually up hill for the last 5. I would rate it as moderate if it was and overnight instead of a day hike. Lots of cool spots along the way and make sure to take the detour to Lucile Lake on the way up. It doesn’t add much but has some cool views. Be sure to swim if it isn’t too cold! The water
Is very clear! You can also make this a point to point by taking the trail around the lake and heading down 2-3 miles to Miller lake! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike and climb! The last bit was daunting!

Definitely not an easy climb. Pretty warm and dry up at the top in mid July. Recommend lots of water, trekking poles, buff or hoodie. Bug spray for the lower part of the trail is mandatory as well. The only confusion came is when you hit the cross trial of the PCT. The trail up the mountain is not maker at all. To get to it is strait between the fork in the road after a few steps you will pick it up fairly easy. From that point on it gets rocky so take your time.

great hike. not bad at all if in halfway decent shape. tons of mosquitos so wear strong stuff
blast through the woods to ridgeline and then it gets rocky. there is a meandering trail that can be easy to lose in the shale. don't trust footing it will betray you. give person in front space.
final scramble is cake. pilot rock is more technical, no rope in needed.

Has a cool vibe and would recommend if you are able to make the trip. It seems there can be some sketchy people in the area, but everything was fine for us. :)

backpacking
3 months ago

Moderate hike from the hemlock side. Nice lakes Mosquitos weren’t too bad, but there was definitely an over abundance of them. The worst part was seeing all the toilet paper and poop holes people have left behind. If you’re going to dig a hole to use at least fill it in and pack out your toilet paper. Just behind every downed tree in the burned out section someone used the area as a toilet.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike along the river! We covered nearly 15 miles and enjoyed the waterfall at the halfway point. Escaped without a single mosquito bite! Easy to refresh with a dip in the river at almost any point. Looking forward to camping there next time!

hiking
3 months ago

We managed to go about 15 miles, water is super clear, plenty of good swimming stops along the way. There are a hang full of roots and rocks in the path, so watch your toes. bug level was very low. 7/8/2018

Didn’t summit but hiked in 4 miles to the ridge overlooking the avalanche valley and peak and camped overnight . Incredible view.

Water is clear and beautiful and the waterfalls are awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

The lakes are still beautiful. Lots of fire damage on the short hike up to the first lake (1.25 mi), but the lakes were preserved pretty well. Mosquitos were moderate.

hiking
4 months ago

I just hiked it this week and there is a lot of snow for the last 2 miles. It can be tricky to find the trail, but I was able to manage thanks to a previous hiker's tracks. The view at the top is INCREDIBLE, I had the whole trail to myself. One note on the road to the trailhead: it's heavily eroded and I would not recommend low to the ground cars to attempt it. When you drive it you'll know what I mean ;)

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