North Umpqua National Recreation Trail, Oregon

Multi-use trail follows the Umpqua River for 79 miles into the Cascade Mountains.

by American Trails Staff


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Designated in 1978


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Beginning near Glide, Oregon, the path parallels the North Umpqua River eastward for most of its 79 miles. The trail leads high into the Cascade Mountain Range near Maidu Lake and connects with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The higher elevations of the trail are snowed in during winter months, while the lower segments are open most of the year.

Gradients range from moderate to easy for much of its length, however, there are short sections that offer more challenge. Several spur trails lead to waterfalls, fishing holes, camp sites, and "outdoor classrooms," where plants and wildlife can be observed in a natural setting.

The North Umpqua Trail has also been recognized as one of the IMBA Epic Rides of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Celebrations of these trails typically include a trail work session.

The mission for the day was to build a bridge over a creek bed with sponsors Patagonia, Hydrapak, SRAM Corporation, and BIKE Magazine. First envisioned in the early 1970's, construction of the North Umpqua Trail started in 1978.

Through the cooperative efforts of the Umpqua National Forest, Roseburg District Bureau of Land Management, Douglas County Park Department, and many dedicated volunteers, it was completed in 1996.