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Hiking in the Umpqua Watershed

Hikes in the Archie Creek Fire area of the North Umpqua River

Published September 19th, 2022

With the trails reopening Diana and Connie went on post fire hike to Fall Creek Falls and Susan Creek Falls. Fall Creek Trail bridge is replaced. The view is of the charred remains of the high intensity fire. There is lush undergrowth and seedlings sprouting with the falls as lovely as ever.

At Susan Creek [...]

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Published September 10th, 2022

By Paul Nolte

Over thirty years ago I began an annual trek encircling Mt. Thielsen in the Winema and Umpqua National Forests. The inspiration was Holly Jones, who was the head social science librarian at the University of Oregon. He served on the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors in the 70s and was [...]

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Wilderness Committee Update

Published June 13th, 2022

Robbin Schindele

Spring, a time of rejuvenation and renewal, is here and almost over. In a few weeks, it will be Summer, a time of fun and recreation. I’d like to begin this article with a shout-out to some Wilderness Committee members.

First, to Bob Hoehne for the fine wilderness update presentation he gave at [...]

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North Umpqua Trail Jessie Wright section hike

Published June 21st, 2021

June 19, 2021

Five folks enjoyed the Jessie Wright section of the NUT hiking below the volcanic remnants of Old Man Rock and Eagle Rock while watching the kayakers on the river. At a creek crossing we came upon a perfect place for a dunk to cool off.  We came out at Soda Springs along [...]

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Mt Bailey

Published September 8th, 2020

We ain’t what we used to be but we UW seniors wanted to give ole 8840′ Mt Bailey a go. It’s 5.7 hard miles RT from the upper trailhead with approximate 2500 ft elevation gain.  Two of the younger seniors made it to the summit while some of us elder seniors watched from safely below [...]

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Limpy Rock Cave Hike 6-20

Published September 8th, 2020

A group of UW members followed leader Tony Cannon on a bushwack to little known caves of Limpy Rock. We descended on interesting knee and ankle jolting terrain. We arrived at the cave and enjoyed the rare Kalmiopsis growing about and above the entrance. We donned headlamps and entered the large eerie cave. I’m thinking [...]

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North Umpqua Geologic Formation/Umpqua Sweets Proposed BLM Timber Sale

Published September 8th, 2020

In June a group of UW members went up the North Umpqua to the proposed BLM Umpqua Sweets Timber Sale site to see the geologic formations endangered from the sale. We hiked to the arch, an impressive several hundred foot long formation in a beautiful setting that is threatened by logging. In awe we hiked [...]

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Ilahee Rock and Wild Rose Point hikes

Published September 8th, 2020

A UW group enjoyed the challenge of the Wild Rose Point hike. It’s 2.8 miles RT with 520 ft elevation gain to a rocky bluff atop a 300 ft old lava cliff. Then we crossed the road to hike 1.4 mi RT 500 ft elevation gain up Ilahee Rock to the old fire lookout. We [...]

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NUT Hikes and Waterfalls

Published August 14th, 2020

July 2020 Lemolo Falls on the NUT Dread and Terror segment is a spectacular 3 mile RT hike in a breathtaking forest. There’s 2 notable falls before stunning 102 foot Horsetail type Lemolo Falls. An Irish Setter and 4 enthusiastic hikers love this place. In Chinook jargon Lemolo means ‘wild or untamed’. Warm Springs Falls [...]

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