Bicycling Magazine Indulgent Singletrack: Umpqua River Trail, Oregon 

Hardy souls can grind out the 75-mile-long Umpqua River Trail in a single day. But don’t be one of them—for to devour this masterpiece in a single session would be as misguided as swigging a tumbler of 18-year-old Scotch in one ravenous gulp. Each should be savored in small doses.

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Author: mapeditor
Date: 18 Oct 2011 3:54:24 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: Oregon (OR)
Distance: 58.92 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 10920 ft
Total Loss: 8704 ft
Net Change: 2216 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: Glide, Oregon, Umpqua National Forest
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The trail, consistently ranked as one of America’s best, begins 5,000 feet high in central Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, near Lemolo Lake. The path unfurls westward along the North Umpqua River, weaving over ridges and rolling along the water’s edge. The route is dotted with numerous campgrounds, which allow this epic to be divided into easily digestible 15- to 20-mile sections. Each has its own flavor—from the cliff-side exposure near the start to the smooth singletrack lower down that spins through old-growth forests of Douglas fir and hemlock.

Although the trail loses more than 4,000 feet of elevation, it also offers heavy doses of leg-searing climbs along the way. But you can fend off the burn with a post-ride dip in the Umpqua’s bracing waters—most campsites are adjacent to popular swimming holes, and a few are a quick pedal from natural hot springs, where riders can soak in 110-degree pools overlooking the river.

On a trip this indulgent, you’re better off leaving the chores to professionals. Based out of nearby Bend, Cog Wild offers three-day excursions with experienced guides who lead the way, reserve prime waterfront campgrounds, cook near-gourmet meals and produce coolers of ice-cold Deschutes beer after rides. They’ll even tackle the dishes, leaving you free to relish the next tasty section of trail.

—Lou Mazzante

Sign Up: Cog Wild,
Length of Trip: 3 days
Cost: $545
Best Time To Go: June-September

Position Format: Datum:

Umpqua River Trail #1 - Lemolo

Distance: 12.75 mi Points: 233
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Umpqua River Trail #2 - Dread & Terror Hot Springs Deer Leap Jessie Wright Marsters Road Bypass

Distance: 32.89 mi Points: 820
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Umpqua River Trail - Marsters Calf Panther

Distance: 13.28 mi Points: 439
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest


Location: 43.318933, -122.095356
Start section one


Location: 43.326801, -122.203202
Section one end/section two start


Location: 43.291264, -122.564249
section two end/section three start


Location: 43.291139, -122.619610
section two end/section three start #2


Location: 43.342658, -122.735567
Section 3 end

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