North Ump. Trail — Dread and Terror

Rating (Out of 5): 4.5

Location: Near Glide, Ore.

Distance: 13 miles one-way; 4 miles to Michelle Creek

Difficulty: Difficult/easy

Camping: Yes on the trail

Quick hit: The name of this trail might sound intimidating, but between the endless springs and waterfalls shooting out along the trail, the better description would be stunning.

There are basically two options here.

The first is to either hike or mountain bike the entire section one-way, all 13 miles. There are trailheads at both Umpqua Hot Springs and near Lemolo Lake.

This trail is very challenging for mountain bikers, between the rocky terrain, slippery and wet conditions and steep exposed areas where a fall could mean real trouble. For hikers, the trail is simply very long.

The better option for those looking to experience the best of this trail without the very long hike is a 4 miles round-trip jaunt from the Umpqua Hot Springs trailhead to Michelle Creek and back.

The first mile from the Umpqua Hot Springs trailhead passes multiple springs and waterfalls, and is so lush it feels as though you’re walking in a rainforest.

After about two miles, you’ll hit the third bridge and find water leaking out everywhere, out onto the trail to the point that it’s difficult to keep your shoes from becoming soaked. A sign denotes Michelle Creek. This makes a good turn-around spot since the scenery beyond this point is much less dramatic (though still nice).

See below for a link to a full map.

Directions: Take North Umpqua Highway 138 east from Roseburg to the Toketee Lake turnoff near milepost 59 onto Forest Road 34. Continue two miles, staying left at a turn on paved Forest Road 34. Veer right onto gravel road 3401. Two miles up Road 3401 is the Umpqua Hot Springs Trailhead.

For more info: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/recreation/umpquatrails/dread_and_terror_segment.htm

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