Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

4 days ago

Beautiful but not as long as I would have liked.

A good trip, trail is steep but fairly short and the views are nice. It was also fun to rummage in the tailings of the old mine in the ghost town down below.

Bring poles for the top section. It's a great trail that gets more fun as you progress. I recommend climbing fast as this one can be used as an excellent conditioning hike.

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.

dirt bikers on the trail.

Beautiful hike! Went yesterday and then did Mt. Thielsen today. Yesterday the smoke wasn’t as bad so we could see all the way to the Three Sisters.
No water on the trail, and a good amount of sun exposure at the top. Bring water and sunscreen! Also, the “scramble” near the top was a three foot ledge to step up onto. It’s a non issue.

camping
28 days 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!

I've seen many waterfalls. This waterfall is my favorite. It's so beautiful .

I didn’t enjoyed it that much. You can’t deny the view is take breathing, but you are not able to get close to the falls, the viewpoint is really far from there. It is my understanding that another trial exists to get to the bottom, we just didn’t know where that was. The trial it’s crowded, and to be honest, I was really scared about the missing boy and probably dead by now. At one point of the trial I saw some girls getting beyond the fence limit to get some shots and selfies and they were really really close to the edges and to one of the waterfalls. So scary! A picture is not worthy, life and security first, people!

fishing
1 month 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!

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

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

hiking
1 month ago

Tourist trap. Beautiful waterfalls but too crowded

hiking
1 month ago

All those writing about hopping the fence to go see the waterfall should know that a young man did that and apparently fell to his death today. The fences are in place for a reason....stay on the trail and view the falls from the observation area.

hiking
1 month ago

Loads of stairs, I’m no fan of the heights. If you have a fear of heights, you might want to stay off this trail. There are several other nearby waterfalls where you are on land the whole time, half of this was on the edge.

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!

backpacking
1 month 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.

This trail is pretty cool and super short. You also get views of the river most of the way. Unfortunately you have to hope the fence to actually get down to the waterfall. Otherwise cool and easy. Worth your time. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists

hiking
1 month ago

This trail has ALL OF THE STAIRS! I think the sign at the trailhead said something like 97 up and 120 something down...
I was a little disappointed to find that the trail takes you to an observation deck. To get down to the falls, you have to climb over the metal fence and railing to a steep, rocky path that is not part of a maintained trail. The way down looked doable if you have good balance (I watched a group of 5 do it) but I’m not so sure about getting back up. I didn’t trust myself for the descent or ascent so there was that.
The view from the observation deck is beautiful and there is a bench.
The parking lot has a lot of garbage and toilet paper in the trees and bushes despite there being one vault toilet available for use.

Pretty easy hike, just has a lot of stairs. I didn’t climb down to the bottom though

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.

Worth it. 10/10 recommend

hiking
1 month ago

Bring your camera! Hike was considered "easy", but FYI there are a lot of stairs and uneven surfaces.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Great trail and a lot of fun

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