Lemolo Falls Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Lemolo Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idleyld Park, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles
285 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers

Lemolo falls can be viewed by two approaches, north and south. The south trail drops down into the North Umpqua Canyon for a view of Lemolo Falls as it cascades 150 feet to the canyon bottom. A spur trail accesses the bottom of the canyon below the falls. Take the "south" trail (#1468) to experience the rush of the North Umpqua River as it roars 150 feet to the canyon below. It is a steep climb back to the top. From Trail #1414 (the "north" trail) several cascades can be seen before reaching an impressive view of the falls from across the canyon.

5 days ago

5-20-18 did the hike that puts you at the Viewpoint above the falls. very lovely hike with a lot of beautiful Cascades that run along the river. The view of the actual Lemolo Falls isn't fantastic from the upper because it is too dangerous to get out to a point that is unobstructed. but still well worth the adventure and the view is decent just not totally unobstructive to see the entire Falls. did not run into another person the entire hike. would like to go back and do the other trail that would put us down at the bottom of the falls. I did not have any trouble with mosquitoes this time of year.

18 days ago

First read the instructions in the review by Francie Skinner from 2012. There are two different trails to get to these falls. If you use Google Maps, you'll be taken to the trailhead on the west side of the river. This is the more difficult trail but it was worth it. We had 7 kids with us ranging from 3 to 8 years old and all did just fine on the way down. Near the falls there was a lot of assistance needed as the mist makes everything slippery and muddy. The smaller kids then had a hard time on the way out because it was all uphill. This was a very empty trail. We only saw two other people who were coming down as we were leaving. Looking to the other side of the river where the other trail is supposed to end, it looks like you'd get a good view of the falls from above but not be able to get close to them. Anyway, I'm glad Google maps took me to this trailhead rather than the one shown on the map here at All Trails.

1 month ago

Did this hike on Saturday May 5, 2018 in the late afternoon/early evening. Not a soul to be seen; had the trail and the falls all to myself. Link to my video of the falls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUrA9kOYThw&t=1s

1 month ago

I wanted to do the "head on view" hike, some trail signs knocked over and missing. There was just a little snow left on the sides gravel road and the dirt road had some covering it still entirely - no big deal to drive in or walk in. There were quite a few branches on the one gravel road as well.

If you're not in a high clearance vehicle I don't recommend trying to drive down the dirt road, snow or no snow. I took my car instead of my pickup and thought I'd see how far I could go and made it about 20ft before scraping, and it only gets worse from there. So I parked by the dirt road entrance and walked to the trailhead, it's not that much further.

After you pass the "trail - >" sign around 1/4mi stay right at the fork and when it seems to split off, go left (there is a sign this direction,)

It's a great leg workout so it'sworth the hike, the falls were absolutely gorgeous! The drive was a bit long though.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, absolutely worth the trip. It is a little challenging as most of the hike to the waterfall is downhill, therefore the hike back to the car is entirely uphill. If you visit this waterfall during spring, expect snow. I attempted to visit in March and the road leading to this waterfall was buried under 3 feet of snow (but the roads surrounding Lemolo Resort were plowed). I completed the hike in October, which is the perfect time to avoid both snow and mosquitoes. The waterfall was impressive even though we visited during Fall.

10 months ago

Fantastic hike. Great views along the Umpqua River of Rapids, Hot Springs, waterfalls and the grand finale is breathtaking. Better bring some extra heavy Mosquito repellent and at the moment there is a tree collapsed over the trail with cutouts to climb over. Not the easiest for children.

10 months ago

Great hike. I would not take little kids on this one. Trail goes into a foot trail and winds along a steep drop on one side as you work your way down to the falls.

10 months ago

Great short hike all around. The signs were a little hard to follow for the first route but it was worth the extra effort. The mosquitos were horrid I will be more prepared next time but the falls were amazing and in the heat the most was wonderful!

Took the south trail. Beautiful hike. Lots of mosquitoes. Steep hike back up. Kids loved it, just be prepared with lots of snacks, water and mosquito repellant. We will try this one again in the late fall or early spring to view a different flow hopefully without mosquitoes!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It is a beautiful waterfall. The first part of the trail has a lot of rocks so it is easy to twist an ankle. There were several trees down across the trail that you either had to climb over or crawl under. I hiked it with my dog.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The waterfall and the little cascades along the way were gorgeous! The heat was a lot of handle (bring lots of water--stay hydrated), and the mosquitoes were out to kill. We ran out of bug spray between the three of us applying and reapplying! (Bring more bug spray!) Other than the heat and the blood suckers, it was a beautiful hike with a beautiful reward! We approached from the top of the falls. Next time we will approach from the bottom if we can ever find Thorn Prairie Road (or whatever it's called)! (Also, don't forget the sunblock!)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I came up the hill to hike these falls because it was so hot in Roseburg and I figured I would beat the heat. No such luck. 88 degrees at the trailhead made this trek a scorcher. I took the northern approach to the falls and realized once I arrived at the falls that the better view and preferred hike would be the southern approach. See "getting there" for directions. Francie Skinner's review below has good directions. This trail follows the North Umpqua Trial and parallels the river. There are several areas along the trail you can scramble down to deep pools and splash around in the water if you wish. Mid July and there is still significant water coming off the hills via small creeks that cover the trail in shallow water at some points.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This trail was easy to find and easy to hike!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I took route 1 for this waterfall. Getting down to the falls is great and all downhill, coming back up was longer as it is all uphill. The only complaint was being constantly attacked by mosquitos. As soon as our car door opened the bugs were on us. The waterfall itself was gorgeous. You can make your way down the short hill to walk up to the falls. The area is lush and green. The hike to the falls is worth it as long as you have a good bug spray or repellent to use. The falls were fabulous in July. You will need to wait until all snow is melted to be able to drive to the first route.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Route 1 is an amazing trail! Pleasant, well maintained, quiet...and the payoff at the end is out of this world. The falls are beautiful and the base is easy to reach. Be sure to bring mosquito control. There are swarms throughout the wooded areas. We went in June 2012 with our 9 year
old son. Perfect!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

There are 2 routes to get to Lemolo Falls. I have hiked both routes. Route 1 (Best View): At milepost 72.8 on Hwy. 138, turn north on Road 2610, proceeding 4.2 miles. Turn left on Road 3401, Thorn Prairie Road. Go about 0.5 mile, turn right on Road 3401- 800. Continue 1.75 miles, turn right at Road 3401-840. The trail is at the end of the road 0.25 mile. The trail works its way down the canyon to the base of the falls. Route 2 (Limited Topside View): At Milepost 72.8 on Hwy. 138, turn north on Road 2610, proceeding 5.2 miles, crossing the dam to the fork in the road. Take fork to the left, Road 2610 -600. Proceed 0.5 mile, turn left across wooden bridge and park at the trailhead. This trail is 1.5 miles in length, following the North Umpqua Trail. Route 1 is rated difficult and is 1.7 miles. Route 2 is rated moderate and is 1.5 miles. Route 1 has the best views by far!!

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