Umpqua Hot Springs is one of the many geothermal mineral springs of the Cascade Mountains, yet it is one of the most beautiful. The hot springs pools are situated on the cliff perch, facing a canyon of the North Umpqua River.
It is unclear how exactly the Native Americans, who settled along the river bank hundreds of years ago, shared the hot springs. We now know what at least four tribal groups used to live separately along the river, but all conflicts between tribes were put aside when they came to the hot springs for healing and spiritual purposes.
Some visitors say these springs are slightly harder to find due to more turn-offs having to be taken. However, if you follow the signs that are provided and you will get there easily. There is a short 0.3 miles walk-up between the parking area and the springs; though it is a bit steep and can be slippery. So, use appropriate shoes.
Natural mineral water emerges from an active fault at a temperature up to 115 degrees. Slightly acidic geothermal water with a high mineral concentration (8,000 ppm), builds the colorful travertine deposits.
There are eight pools of different sizes. Water temperatures range from 100°F to 108°F. The sheltered pool, 6 by 6 feet in diameter and 2 feet in depth, has wooden beams as walls with a large opening at one side. The hot water is transferred by the hose. If the water is too hot, it can be cooled by diverting the hose.
Other smaller pools cascade down the hillside. The further down to the river, the cooler water in the pool. On the riverbank, there is one more pool nestled inside of a colorful travertine grotto.
Be careful, when moving between pools, as the cliff is covered by mineral deposits and it is very slippery.
There are a few hiking trails that pass and come quite close to Umpqua Hot Springs.
Umpqua Hot Springs | General Description
Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset; the gate can be closed due to snow or road conditions
Managed: US Forest Service
Location: Umpqua National Forest
Development: Undeveloped, sheltered pool
Services: No services, pit toilet
Activities: Soaking, hiking, fishing, rafting
Accommodations: Camping is not permitted near the trailhead; the campground at the Toketee Lake
Distance from the parking: 0.3 miles
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Elevation: 2,640 ft (805 m)
Umpqua Hot Springs is located:
- 63 miles east of Roseburg
- 121 miles southwest of Bend
- 130 miles southeast of Eugene.