North Umpqua Trail - Panther and Mott Sections - April 12, 2014
Coordinator Richard O'Neill, narration and pictures by Richard O'Neill
Wow! We had 32 hikers showup and about half opted for the 5 mile mile Panther Section of the North Umpqua Trail while the remaining half opted to combine the Panther with the Mott Section for a 10.7 miler. Having so many hikers to keep track of kept your intrepid hike leader busy but I'm glad to report nobody got left behind.
Setting out on the Panther, it was obvious spring was in full song and we admired the many flowers blooming along the trail. The maples were just leafing out and we hiked under a glorious blue sky. Well, to be exact, the sky was sometimes visible through the trees overhead and the sun warmed the other side of the river while we hiked in shade all day long.
Small creeks crossed the trail all day long too, some waterfalling down to the trail. And always, the North Umpqua River was a turquoise colored constant on the hike.
At the halfway point, where the Panther ended and the Mott started, we said good bye to half of our hikers and continued onto the Mott. The Mott generally was close to the river while the Panther tended to stay high above the rivers. The vegetation was not quite as lush on the Mott but we enjoyed the river time.
A good time was had by all, no matter which hiking option was taken.
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club