Umpqua Hot Springs is one of the most beautiful, one of the many geothermal mineral springs of the Cascade Mountains. The hot springs pools are situated on the cliff perch, facing a canyon of the North Umpqua River.
It is unclear how the Native Americans, who settled along the river bank hundreds of years ago, shared the hot springs, as at least four tribal groups use to live separately along the river. All conflicts between tribes were put aside when they came to the hot springs for healing and spiritual purposes.
Some people 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. So, use appropriate shoes.
Natural mineral water emerges from an active fault at temperature up to 115 degrees. Slightly acidic with high mineral concentration (8,000 ppm), geothermal water creates the colorful travertine deposits.
There are 8 pools of different sizes and water temperatures from 100 to 108°F. The sheltered pool, 6 by 6-foot in diameter and 2 feet in depth, has wooden beams as walls with a large opening at one side to take in the picturesque view of the river. 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 the pools get. On the river bank, there is one more pool nestled inside of a colorful travertine grotto. When moving between pools make sure that you are careful, as the cliff covered by mineral deposits is very slippery.
Many people suggest going to the springs in either the morning or evening to appreciate the temperatures of the water.
There are a few hiking trails that pass and come quite close to Umpqua Hot Springs. Whether you’re coming back from a hiking trip, have just finished mountain biking, or are just in the area looking at some other local attractions, Umpqua Hot Springs is a great place to stop and relax.
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
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.
Directions to Umpqua Hot Springs
- Drive 68 miles east on OR-138 to Toketee-Rigdon RD (Forest Road 34)
- Turn left at milepost 58.4 onto FR 34
- Turn left across the concrete bridge and continue 2.2 miles onto North Umpqua Road and Basket Buttle Road to Forest Road 3401
- Turn right onto FR 3401 and drive 0.7 miles to a parking area on the left.
From the trailhead at the parking area, cross the footbridge over the river to the trail. Turn right, walk 0.1 miles to a junction, then turn to the right, and, finally, start climbing for 0.2 miles on a steep narrow trail.
GPS (Hot Springs): N 43°17.811' W 122°21.822' | 43.2968, -122.3637