Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

beautiful trail through old growth forest with an amazing view at the summit.

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 )

A nice climb up to the summit. The snow is almost completely absent from the trail at this point.

Like the previous report mentioned, there are a bunch of mosquitos, so be prepared. We also saw the same tracks in the snow, didn't realize they were mountain lions though.

Video of the summit: https://youtu.be/rdd75xw_Zbg

Beautiful waterfall! The hike wasn’t too bad, but at the end it does get steep and I had to slide down so wear shoes with good traction.

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5 days ago

My wife and our 5 kids, ages 16-2 1/2 to Yakso Falls in August 2018. As others have said, it is a long drive, but I think it was worth it as there is a campground with a day use area and another set of falls right next door. The hike was easy for everyone including our 2 year old daughter. The falls were not gushing, but still had plenty of water coming down and the pool at the bottom was crystal clear. Two of us jumped in and swam in the pool, which was freezing cold! Overall, a very nice hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end. 4 Stars only because the drive up the gravel road is on the long side.

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.

My favorite down 138. There's something about these falls that just make me so happy every time I see it. Easy trail. I like to bring a lunch and eat it at the falls.

I didn’t actually do this complete shorter trail, but the views at the summit are amazing! One of the best hike views I’ve seen. There is a longer trail you can do but I do not recommend it unless you’re with someone who has done it before. It is not marked at all until one point and it is extremely easy to miss that sign! We missed it and ended up hiking 5+ extra miles that day. I’d stick to this shorter one and it is absolutely worth the incline!

hiking
10 days ago

Logging road 5847 was closed so we had to take an alternate route after having already traveled up the road awhile. It was very time consuming and I felt there wasn’t enough signage. Short hike, nice trail to walk on. The water was a nice break. Will have to go during a different time of year because it looks nothing like some of the pictures posted.

Easy and Fun hike with kids and dogs. Trail follows water most of the time. Beautiful cave/crack in rocks that the kids loved. Easily completed this and Susan Creek Falls before nap time with 2 year old in backpack and 4 year old hiking. Busy during summer and weekends.

One of my favorites. Gorgeous view

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
15 days ago

Fun hike and climb! The last bit was daunting!

Beautiful scenery and a decent trail. For mountain biking this trail Should be rated difficult Saw three other cyclists and we all had wrecked off the trail.

Fun hike up and down along the Umpqua River to the finale with Lemolo Falls. I also wish I could have had more time to hike to the bottom of the falls instead of the viewpoint on the side. Still and amazing experience.

Love this hike. Short enough you can enjoy other hikes in the area.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice out and back hike. We were able to climb to the upper part of the falls and the kids enjoyed playing in the water. Really shaded area with some beautiful trees and pools.

An easy out and back hike. Great falls to cool off under.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful walk in from the trailhead beginning from the south. We walked along a gorgeous, tree-shaded path along the river the whole way. Light traffic, only passed maybe 3 other parties both ways. The trail recorded ends at a top-down view of the falls (wish we had known it was also accessible from the base).

Beautiful hike. Did this hike on 7/21 with my family including an 8 year old and a three year old. I carried the younger. We made it very close to the summit but after the window/keyhole it got pretty sketchy with the little one so we turned around about 200 yards after the window. Bring lots of water, there is no where to fill up. My dog had a tough time because of the heat. She is in excellent shape but with black fur she was constantly hot and looking for shade. In hindsight I would have let her sit that one out even though she hates watching us leave without her.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked this on 7/21 with my wife and dog. starts off in peaceful forest. Gets rockier the closer to timberline you are. Above timberline, you are awarded with a crater view, false summit, and incredible ridge walking. In hindsight, trekking poles might have been useful in one or two loose spots along the ridge. There is a scramble move required, about a 3 or 4 foot ledge to lift yourself up on. Overall the views from above treeline were fantastic. Bring water and snacks. I would recommend this hike and am looking forward to doing it again some day.

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.

hiking
27 days ago

Did the trail that takes you to the side view from above and it’s pretty hard to see the falls, but still an amazing experience. The Umpqua River is gorgeous and powerful and you hike along it almost the whole time. Many little trails that go down to the water where you can sit and put your feet in! THE MOSQUITOES ARE TERRIBLE! So bring lots and lots of bug repellent. I have 40+ mosquito bites and they are terrible! But still worth it!!!

Amazing hike. It has views of crater lake, diamond lake, Mt Theilson, Theee sisters, Mt Shasta. There is a cinder cone and a key hole at the last one mile of the hike. Do carry bug spray. Hiked on 4th if July weekend.

hiking
29 days ago

Went late in the season. Not a lot of water was flowing but still an enjoyable experience. I plan on coming back when the water is really raging.

hiking
29 days ago

It’s a great easy hike. Takes about an hour to get to the trailhead from Cottage Grove and about about 30 minutes to get to the waterfall and back. Combined with some other trails in the area and it’s a decent day.

Is the water shallow enough to walk up under the falling water? How deep is it? The first time I went I had socks, cotton clothing, wallet, etc. This time I'm going prepared to swim! This is so pretty, I'm bringing several friends this Saturday.

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. :)

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