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North Umpqua Trail System

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Miles of trails starting at Lemolo Lake and going west almost to Roseburg. From bebinner to advanced. Crosses over bridges and big to little streams. Over big rocks and fallen trees or logs. Narrow trails with a wall on one side and a steep downgrade on the other.Switch-backs and hairpin curves along with slow winding curves. Both up and down. You gain a good bit of elevation if you start near Roseburg and go west. Camping all along the way.
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Trail Directions
East on Why 138, go pass ranger station near Tokeatee camoground and go to Hot Springs trailhead.
Trail Length
varies, many trails
Trail Level
Trail Type
Idelly Park. East of Roseburg

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Review Date
September 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: daugela ,  Weekend Warrior

It's unfortunate that I used to live near this trail before getting involved in mountain biking. Now I live 1500 miles away. Regardless, I've done this trail and for those who are not from the Pacific NW, it's awesome. The landscape is beautiful! Old growith trees, ferns and solitude.

The best time to go is between July and September. Other times of the year, you can except rain. Because of the forest thickness, they're aren't too many open range views from this trail. You're more secluded and 'boxed in' due to vegetation. Despite the summer months, the trail will be damp in some places. You MIGHT see 3 bikers on this trail. It just doens't get much traffic due to the location. Kinida off the beaten path from large cities.

Make sure you get back before sunset. The sun sets ALOT sooner due to all the big trees. It's not uncommon for it to be PITCH BLACK at 7pm.

Super clean air and quiet. ALWAYS check your clothes after your ride for ticks. They are everywhere. Especially if you crash. After lying on the ground for 15 seconds, they manage to climb on you. They are ususally found on the plant life next to the trail.

Crime is VERY low up here. Unlike other popular places. I'd be shocked if your car was burglarized. I know this is a topic as some popular biking spots in bigger cities.

No restrooms or stores along the path. However, the North Umpqua River is just 50 yards from the path at times to which is SO clean, it can be dranken with NO PROBLEMS!!!! Very cool!

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Review Date
February 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jamin Diaz , from Corvallis

The Dread and Terror section of the North Umpqua Trails System is the best trail I've ever rode on. It is ledgendary in our trail riding stories told to the non-bikers. You start with a slow downhill and cross a couple of bridges and streams. Always close to the river you start to climb. The trail gets narrow and there is a wall on your right and a steep slope to your left. Technical stuff includes lots of roots and big rocks. Standing water around moss covered rock and slow and fast moving streams. Not to many vines or limbs in the way when we rode it. You really start to climb but dont notice the uphill to much because of the beautiful scenery. Im an advanced beginner but we took some real beginners and we all made it with no problems, Hot springs trail first and then Dread and Terror in the same day.On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give it an 11. Bikers with good balance and no fear are a must for this trail. Its not the most difficult trail I've ridden, but some of the views and precarious situations can intimidate a nervuos or unsure rider.

Recommended Route:
Camp at Tokeatee hot springs and do North Umpqua hot springs trail first.3.5 miles one way. Then turn around and go back. Then do Dread and terror. A lot more technical. This trail is 13 miles in one direction. Hold nothing back on the way there and it is a nice coast back on some very advanced terrain. Or start at Lemolo Lake and camp and bike your way down the 60 to 80 miles of the entire trails system. If you do I'll see you this summer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mckenzie Trail

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