Umpqua Hot Springs Trail
The Umpqua Hot Springs Trail is a great little hike if you are looking to experience the beauty of Umpqua National Forest and also get a good soak in. While out on the trail, you will make your way across the North Umpqua River and hike through the forest, before quickly arriving at a series of clothing optional pools where you can slip into the toasty waters. Hikers should take note that parking at the trailhead is limited and fills up quickly during the summer months; be sure to arrive early in order to secure a space.
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Route Description for Umpqua Hot Springs Trail
If you want to experience the relaxation and natural beauty of the Umpqua Hot Springs, you will need to arrive early, as the parking lot fills up very quickly during the summer months (at least parking is free!). It is also a popular spot with a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts, including those of the clothing-optional variety; if that isn’t your thing, be sure to steer clear!
If you are fine to navigate the above mentioned points and want to slip into the relaxing waters of the geothermal pools, then the Umpqua Hot Springs Trail is the perfect option to explore in Oregon. If you take your time walking along the short path and enjoying the surrounding Pacific Northwest landscape, there’s no reason why you can’t turn this into a fun half-day adventure.
Setting out from the parking area, you will make your way northwest toward the rushing sounds of the North Umpqua River. Here, you will cross over the 6ft wide bride and admire the winding river, before continuing along the trail.
Now walking north, keep right at the fork in the path and continue on through the forest to quickly arrive at the hot springs. The different pools vary in temperature, so pick the one that feels best for you and slip in for a comfortable soak while enjoying the surrounding views.
After you’ve wrapped up your time in the water, simply head back along the same trail to return to the parking area where you began your adventure along the Umpqua Hot Springs Trail. If you are after another excursion in the area, be sure to check out the nearby Toketee Falls Hike.
Umpqua Hot Springs
Located along the North Umpqua River, the Umpqua Hot Springs are a series of geothermal pools that are very popular with tourists and locals alike. The two oval pools are approximately 1 m deep and have a temperature ranging from 108-112℉. Clothing at the Umpqua Hot Springs is optional, so don’t be alarmed if you’re the odd one out wearing a swimsuit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Umpqua Hot Springs free?
To access the geothermal waters of the Umpqua Hot Springs, you will need to either purchase a Northwest Forest Pass or a $5 day pass, which can be paid in cash at the trailhead.
How hot are the Umpqua Hot Springs?
The Umpqua Hot Springs are a series of very popular geothermal pools that are usually around 108 ℉/42℃.
Insider Hints for Umpqua Hot Springs Trail
- A vault toilet and trash bin can be found at the trailhead.
- Many people using the hot springs do so in a clothing optional manner. If that isn’t your thing it might be best to avoid this trail.
- There is a dropbox at the trailhead to pay the $5 per vehicle parking fee.
Getting to the Umpqua Hot Springs Trail Trailhead
The Umpqua Hot Springs Trailhead can be found along National Forest Development Road 3401, just northeast of Toketee Lake.
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