Hiking - North Umpqua River


A beautiful and scenic 11.7 mile loop along the whitewater North Umpqua River, between Wright Creek and Steamboat.

Trail Info: A 11.7 mile loop along the river, that gains just 350' of elevation gain. The trail is rated as difficult, primarily due to the length and the rugged terrain.

Details: I plan on leaving Eugene early enough to enjoy the trail for the day. Plan on eating a lunch somewhere along the trail, hopefully near Steamboat. I will allow time for taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. Expect this hike to take up most of the day.  We will be hiking together as a group, and stopping at all trail junctions.  Enjoy your surroundings and the journey, not just the destination.

Driving Directions: Drive 71 miles south on Interstate 5 to Exit 124 in Roseburg. Follow signs for Diamond Lake east on Highway 138 for 33.5 miles. Beyond Fall Creek Falls 1.4 miles, turn right on Wright Creek Road across a bridge. Don't park at the hiker symbol sign just beyond the bridge, but rather drive 0.2 mile farther to the signed Wright Creek Trailhead on the left. Park here and walk up the road another 100 yards to the actual start of the trail.

Fees and Requirements: No parking fee is mentioned. Bring cash for the drivers, for getting everyone to and from the trailhead.  The trip is about 210 miles, so expect to pay about $15 to $20 a person for the trip.  Please pack a lunch and your ten essentials in a small backpack, along with two liters of water for the day. Dress accordingly for a long day hike, and avoid wearing cotton. Proper shoes are highly recommended.

Dogs: Please, no dogs on this hike.

Contact: Matthew Howell - (541)[masked]

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  • Sandy

    It was a beautiful hike. I'd love to hike some of the other trails around the area too.

    1 · May 20

  • Audrey

    Really nice. Thanks Matt!

    1 · May 20

  • Matthew H.

    A short video I made of our hike along the North Umpqua River. http://youtu.be/uPbSClm5S_c

    1 · May 20

  • Jeanine T.

    Thanks, Matt for organizing a wonderful hike. I had a great time on my first Meet Up adventure and would like to do it again. And I really appreciate the group ending by 7 pm. I'll know not to commit to a future trip on the same day that I have evening plans. Nice to meet all of you.

    1 · May 19

    • Matthew H.

      I'm glad that you came, and that you enjoyed your first trip with the group. Our trips don't usually go that long, but it was a longer drive and hike than what we sometimes do in a day. Eating together afterwards is sometimes spontaneous, so I can't always factor that in. Otherwise, I'm pretty good at predicting how long things will take. I hope to see you join us again soon.

      May 20

  • Audrey

    Thank you Matt. It was fantastic day! Enjoyed everyone's company.

    1 · May 18

  • Sandy

    Had a great time everyone! Such beautiful scenery, great weather and such a great group to have as hiking companions. Thanks again Matt!

    1 · May 18

  • Matthew H.

    I had a great time! I was happy to see that all seven members that signed up, showed up. That is what I like to see. I appreciated everyone being ready this morning, and the communication was much appreciated. It's when trips run smooth and everyone enjoys the time outdoors together that makes my time and efforts all worth while. Thanks everyone that came for an amazing day of sunshine, blue skies, and wonderful views of the wild North Umpqua. I definitely want to do this trip again.

    1 · May 18

  • Jeanine T.

    Beautiful views and perfect weather.

    1 · May 17

  • Kathy

    Another fantastic hike! Thanks, Matt!!

    1 · May 17

    • David Y.

      Yea, it was ok......I guess......not much scenery though. Hee hee

      May 17

  • charles e.

    What a great hike and fun group of people!

    1 · May 17

  • Matthew H.

    If you have not done a hike over 10 miles in the last year, please take the time to get in a few longer conditioning hikes first. I want to make sure that each member that signs up for this hike is capable of covering the 11.7 miles at a comfortable pace. Thanks.

    1 · May 4

    • Matthew H.

      Good to hear. It currently looks like we will be taking two cars for the trip. I will be picking up David and Kathy in Cottage Grove, at the Walmart. We will all continue down together. I can put a small cooler in the trunk of my car, for us to put bottled water, fresh fruit, and snacks in. I'm looking forward to this hike. It should be a good one.

      1 · May 15

    • Kathy

      I'm willing and able to drive if needed.

      1 · May 16

  • Laura

    Matt,
    Sorry I will have to miss this hike. I hope it will be a fun one, and hope to see you out on the trail again soon!
    Laura

    1 · May 15

  • Kathy

    If anyone lives in the Creswell or Cottage Grove area I would be willing to pick you up and head south. If not, then I will see everyone at Best Buy!

    1 · May 5

    • Kathy

      Might I suggest the WalMart parking lot instead? More room.

      2 · May 11

    • Matthew H.

      Sure. Just park out away from the store, so it is easier to find you. Try for 7:30AM. It will give us a bit of time at Best Buy to set up carpool and drive down.

      2 · May 11

  • Audrey

    Perfect See u then. Do you facebook? If so I'm Audrey Michele Weiss.

    May 6

  • Sandy

    Been hiking every weekend Matt. Using my min-step master daily. Ok Audrey for Blanton Rd. hike on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the trail head. 10+ miles would be a good conditioning hike.

    2 · May 6

  • Susanna

    WREN's 8th annual Walkin & Rollin and 20th anniversary of the West Eugene Wetlands.

    1 · May 4

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