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We did this segment on our second day of backpacking and I would rate it as difficult. It was almost all uphill the first 6 miles, many narrow spots, many washed out spots, at some points you have water from the falls rushing down the path at you so it is very slippery, we had to crawl over 5 long jams that crossed the path, some on inclines where it was treacherous. While there are many falls to see, only the two at the end are close up; you only see lomolo from the top and there is another across the river. Bring lots of water as access to the river is not great for most of the way. The forest service map is incorrect on landmarks as we never saw the ones it listed and saw many that weren't on the map. The trail also splits at one point and that is not on the map (take the lower trail).
Regardless of all the unexpected obstacles this was easily the most beautiful portion of the hike with many different landscape and scenery changes. It also ends at the hot springs so you can give your feet a good soak :)

I would rate this trail as easy. It was so beautiful, but a little confusing. we started at the hot springs trailhead. Go over the bridge and turn right, the path will "y" when you see the sign that says "hot springs" and points to the right. it's hard to see that there is a y there as you're coming up an incline and there is no sign saying anything goes to the right. About half way in you'll be dumped onto a road, again with no signage. Go left over the overpass and a trail will open up to your right. About 100 feet in on the trail you will finally see a sign saying tokatee lake is 2 miles.

We started at Kelsay Valley Trailhead and were surprised that there was no river view for the whole hike. It is a nice, albeit muggy, hike, but there is a road positioned between you and the river the whole time. Only a few glimpses of the lake unless you get off the trail at the damn.

Trail was intense but awesome all at the same time. Many steep hills to climb and just some downhills. Very narrow and tricky in spots. Did not see a single person on my backpacking trip. I enjoyed the solitude immensely. Passed by many waterfalls and beautiful views. I loved that it follows the river basically the whole time.

Hiked from Lemolo Falls Trailhead to Umpqua Hot Springs. Total distance - 17.5 miles. I personally would rate Dread and Terror Segment as difficult and not intermediate. It is the hardest hike that I have been on thus far. I would hike it again for sure.

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.

3 months 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).

3 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!!!

Glorious all the way in with a spectacular finish at the falls. Loved every step of the way!

mosquitos are really bad right now so bring lots of repellant. Beautiful waterfall!

The trail is 1.6 miles from the sign that says lemolo no1 warm springs falls trail. Entrance is on the left between two trees. If you get to the open area with the Warm Spring sign you have gone too far.

5 months 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.

I started at the Toketee Lake trailhead and trail-ran up to the hot springs and back. It was really beautiful. There was one section close to the hot springs trail junction where there was a big landslide and a fallen tree. Had to scramble uphill around the tree trunk and scramble back down on loose rock. It was definitely do-able, though, just use caution.

An amazing 8.7 miles round trip trial to the hot springs from a parking lot near Toketee fall, with 1,676 elevation gain. It's trail for those who want to experience what Oregon Trail is all about via "sole" :)

5 months 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.

6 months 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

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.

Short easy hike, the sign marking the trail was gone but if you follow directions that include miles you can find the wide spot and trail on the left side of the road. Long drive, short hike, beautiful trail and falls! Did Lemolo falls as well.

9 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.

Visited this waterfall twice. Once in March 2017 and again in October 2017. In March, the trail was completely snowed over. We made our own trail, post-holing through the snow (we didn’t expect snow, thus we neglected to bring snowshoes). It was an absolutely beautiful sight. When we visited the waterfall in October, it was just as impressive but easier to access. I recommend visiting this waterfall and Lemolo Falls during the same visit as they are close to each other.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

I am a big fan of trails where I can get a soak in after (or before), heck if I could be in a hot spring on my bike I would be in heaven.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nice easy walk with a rewarding view.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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.

Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is an amazing segment. I can't put into words the fun you'll have here and how much you'll be mentally tested. Still some logs fallen but they are being taken care of one by one. You won't regret this run.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Visited late May, still had some snow in places. Wonderful view of falls and basalt columns. Great add on to any trip you are already making,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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

Beautiful falls with a very short hike! The falls were beautiful and we took a little offshoot trail to get a closer look! I love all of the basalt formations in this area!

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