“spectacular views of Diamond Peak and Kelsay Valley”
The first mile of trail from Kelsay Valley trailhead follows the river as it meanders through a broad, grassy flat. At 2.7 miles, near the Tolo Mountain Trail (#11466) you enter the 55,100-acre Mt. Thielsen Wilderness (this segment is closed to mountain bike use). The Maidu segment parallels the North Umpqua River up to the Tolo Creek Trail junction and then enters the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness. Turning away from the river, it climbs into a large Lodgepole pine flat offering spectacular views of Diamond Peak and Kelsay Valley, then proceeds into the rocky bluffs. After the trail passes Maidu Lake it continues on to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000. Directions from Roseburg: Travel east on Highway 138 to Forest Service Road #60, the Windigo Pass Road. Follow this 4.5 miles and turn right onto FS Road 6000-958, the Kelsay Valley Road. The trailhead is at the end of the road, 1.5 miles). North Umpqua Trail is accessed by following the Windigo Pass Trail #1412 for 0.1 miles and then Trail #1412A for 0.2 miles.
Revered as one of the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Epic Rides, the North Umpqua trail system sits near the southern terminus of the mighty Cascade Range and features dramatic Pacific Northwest riding. Start at Swiftwater Park and pedal east up into the mountains on the 16-mile stretch of the Tioga Trail, passing over many bridges as you wend your way through thick, old-growth Douglas Fir forests. Some of the trees are more than six feet in diameter.
A short, easier stretch on the Mott Trail brings you down near the North Umpqua River, where salmon and steelhead can be seen migrating from June to October. From there, jump onto the Panther Trail, which features many spectacular and exposed faces high above the riverbed. You’ve now reached the mid-point, and it’s decision time. Either turn around and gain a new perspective on the Panther Trail, or veer onto the Riverview Trail – either way will get you toward home.
For the truly hardy, the complete North Umpqua trail totals 79 miles in length, divided into segments of no more than 16 miles. It rises to the spine of the Cascade Range, where it connects with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
Trailhead: The North Umpqua Trail is located approximately 12 miles east of Roseburg in the Umpqua National Forest.
Length: Up to 79 miles
Elevation: 2,500-4,500 feet
Terrain: Mostly single-track over rolling terrain in old-growth forest
More information: http://rideoregonride.com/trails/north-umpqua-trail/
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