Dread and Terror Segment, North Umpqua Trail - August 4, 2012
Coordinator Jennifer Coalwell, narration and pictures by Jennifer Coalwell

A cool hike on a hot day! Twenty-two of us left the courthouse parking lot at 8:00 am and drove 59 miles up highway 138 to the Toketee-Rigdon Road turn-off leading around Toketee Lake to the Dread & Terror/Umpqua Hot Springs trailhead. It was supposed to reach 100 degrees in Roseburg, so we were happy to be up in the mountains where it would be a bit cooler.

This trail is mostly in the shade and runs entirely along the North Umpqua River. It's definitely my favorite segment of the North Umpqua Trail because it is so far off the highway. We spread out quickly along the trail and each found our own pace. The cold springs and waterfalls were refreshing places to rest. We didn't eat as a group, but mossy rocks and huge driftwood logs made fine lunch spots. John Malone even took off his boots and waded into the river to cool off his feet.

With a group this large, it was a challenge keeping track of everyone. We thought we'd lost Allen, but it turned out he had headed back to the parking lot and was taking a nap in the shade. Each cluster of hikers finished at a different time and some crossed the bridge to hike up to the hot springs before making the drive back to Roseburg. The fastest hikers did 10 to 11 miles round trip and others about six.

A great hike this time of year. Some of us thought the hot springs would be fun after the weather turns cold!


 

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