North Umpqua - Tioga Section

The Swiftwater Trailhead is the western end of the North Umpqua Trail. The Tioga Segment is the lowest in elevation and provides year-round recreation opportunities. The trail winds through old growth forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet in diameter.

photo: Trail mile 0. Photo by Michael. Type: Backcountry
Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Along Umpqua R near Glide and Idelwyld Park. East of Roseburg, Oregon
States: Oregon
Counties: Douglas
Latitude: 43.33315   Longitude: -123.00476

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Description

The Swiftwater Trailhead is the western end of the North Umpqua Trail. The Tioga Segment is the lowest in elevation, and provides year-round recreation opportunities. The trail winds through old growth forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet in diameter.

The first quarter-mile of the trail is accessible to persons with disabilities and provides easy access to Deadline Falls. Travel another 1.5 miles through the attractive forested fern groves to the small, but picturesque, Fern Creek Falls. Day-hikers can venture a few more miles through riparian and forested areas, to Bob Butte. Then it's up the trail to a rock outcrop meadow and suggested turnaround for day-hikers. Beyond this, the trail drops down and meanders for many miles, close to the North Umpqua River.

Hikers who want to complete all 15.7 miles might consider spending the night due to the long distance. There are no developed campsites, although primitive "no-trace" camping is allowed off the trail.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1992

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: BLM - Trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Laura
BLM, Roseburg District
777 NW Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg , OR 97470

 

Photos

The Umpqua River from Stillwater Bridge, at the start of the trail. Photo by Michael.

The Umpqua River from Stillwater Bridge, at the start of the trail. Photo by Michael.

Trail mile 0. Photo by Michael.

Trail mile 0. Photo by Michael.

 

Puffballs along the trail. Photo by Michael.

Puffballs along the trail. Photo by Michael.

 Photo by Michael.

Photo by Michael.

 

Tioga bridge, a pedestrian crossing across the Umpqua.

Tioga bridge, a pedestrian crossing across the Umpqua.

Reviews

A classic trail, but never far from the highway.

This section of the Umpqua River Trail follows the north bank of the river, starting across the bridge from Stillwater Park. Old growth douglas fir and big-leaf maple are highlights of this section. The trail provides a well-maintained path with footbridges and even a massive pedestrian only wooden bridge, the Tioga bridge. In all, this is a really nice experience. My only complaint, in the sections that I walked, was that the traffic noise from across the river sometimes bled into the silence. Highway 138 is never far away and can be quite busy on good weather weekends. Still, for an easily accessible recreation trail, the Umpqua is a treasure.

October 30, 2017

 

 



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