Oregon Subway Map
UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST
This National Forest is in the western Cascades of southwest Oregon, near Crater Lake National Park. Terrain here includes lofty peaks and basins, volcanic rock formations, cliffs and bluffs, and steep canyons. Highest elevation is 9,182-foot Mount Thielson.
In the region are some rivers, small lakes, and many streams with waterfalls. There are stands of old-growth Douglas fir, along with forests of cedar, pine, and hemlock, and open alpine meadows. Wildlife includes black-tailed and mule deer, black bear, Roosevelt elk, mountain lion, bobcat, and fox.
Umpqua National Forest has three designated wilderness areas, consisting of portions of the 55,100-acre Mount Thielsen Wilderness and the 33,200-acre Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, along with the 19,100-acre Boulder Creek Wilderness.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on about 600 miles of trails, including most of the 77-mile North Umpqua Trail and 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (see entries page 244). Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous.
Rafting and kayaking are available on some rivers and streams. Horseback riding is allowed on many trails, as is mountain biking except in wilderness areas. Many trails are suitable for crosscountry skiing during winter. Fishing is permitted, as is hunting during the appropriate season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed almost anywhere within forest boundaries, except near public use areas or where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary.
For Further Information: Umpqua National Forest, P.O. Box 1008, Roseburg, OR 97470; (503)672-6601.