On the Oregon Trail: North Umpqua Trail

One of the best things in summer is spending time outside, exploring our beautiful world. This summer take to the mountains and check out the North Umpqua Trail system. This trail has something for everyone – hikers, backpackers, bikers, horseback riders, fishers and more. There are 12 different trailheads of various difficulty and lengths varying from 3.5 to 15.7 miles in length. If you choose to take the leap and do all 15.7 miles, it may be smart to backpack and spend the night due to the distance. In addition, between the months of May – October, anadromous (sea-run) salmon and steelhead can be seen jumping through Deadline Falls on their journey from the ocean.

For those seeking a short hike, Hot Springs Segment comes in at 3.5 miles, while the Dread & Terror Segment and Tioga Segment come in around 13 and 15 miles, respectively, making them great options for more strenuous hikes. On Mott Segment, you can check out the original North Umpqua Highway, which was built in 1926. Now it serves as Riverview Trail, which is a great mountain biking or hiking spot.

Each segment of the North Umpqua Trail system has so much to offer. From bridges to river rapids, and hundreds of years old trees to waterfalls, there is always something amazing to see. So, get out this summer but remember to be safe and leave no trace. Happy hiking!

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