Pippin needed a cool splash, I needed a hot soak and we both wanted to explore some waterfalls. Plug those three elements into an equation and the results could only equal the North Umpqua River Trail. This amazing pathway, fondly called the NUT, runs parallel to the Umpqua River for 79 miles, starting at its headwaters at Maidu Lake. Frequent access points offer hikers a wide variety of day adventures with their best friend/s.

The hot springs segment (miles 47-54) winds past creeks and streams on the way to soaking pools with a view. When the water is tame, summer and fall, Deer Creek is an excellent place for a doggy splash-a-bout. The hot springs is too hot for your dog, though, so if you’re stopping for a quick soak, your pet will have to wait in the shade.

Or skip the soak and enjoy the upcoming springs, meadows and waterfalls on the trail.

Vital Stats
6.2 miles one way
Moderate hike: 4 hours
Water available in numerous tributary springs
Best Seasons: Summer and Fall
Elevation: 2,512 – 3,135 feet

The Trailhead
Take Oregon Route 138 east from Roseburg (at Interstate 5) for 59 miles. Turn north toward Tokatee Lake onto Forest Road 34. Continue 2 miles, past Tokatee Campground and bear right towards the Umpqua Hot Springs on Forest Road 3401. About half a mile later, you’ll cross a bridge, and see a small parking turnout on the right.

Start your our-and-back hike here, or leave one vehicle here and head back to Forest Road 3401. You’ll start your hike at the Thorn Prairie trailhead. Travel 4 miles north on Forest Road 3401 to the road marked North Umpqua Trail. Turn west (left) onto Spur Road 700. In a half-mile bear left onto Spur Road 710.

The Thorn Prairie trailhead parking area is another half-mile ahead. Northwest Forest Pass required. http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/passespermits/index.shtml

Pet-Friendly Lodging
Lemolo Lake Resort

Hotel: $80-95 per night

Cabins: $145-$250 per night

RV: $25 per night

Tents: $12 per night

$5 per pet per night

Steamboat Inn
Hideaway Cottages: $215 per night

Campwater Houses: $245 per night

No pet fees

Diamond Lake Resort

$79 – $559 per night

$10 per pet, per night

Nearby Lakes & Waterfalls
Clearwater Falls
Diamond Lake
Lemolo Lake
Tokatee Falls
Watson Falls
Whitehorse Falls

Other Resources
Southern Oregon Visitors Association
North Umpqua River Trail Guide
Umpqua National Forest
Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway

Google Map

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