December 15 – Tahkenitch Dunes: Moderate 7-9 miles – Come explore the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area at Tahkenitch Dunes, north of Reedsport. This hike is a dune ecosystem tour-de-force as we will climb hills, amble through a mossy forest, stroll on the beach, and maybe cross a large creek twice. This hike will be .............click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator Richard O’Neill It was a damp and sodden day that greeted 8 hikers lacing up their boots at the Panther Creek Trailhead. Fortunately, all the dampness was on the ground and vegetation and rain never materialized on this hike. From the trailhead, the trail ambled up and down across a steep and forested ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator Richard O’Neill With our Cascades being overly populated with firs, cedars, and pines, autumn can be not very autumny. So, if you want to see fall colors, you have to go where the vine maples grow, which generally will be next to a river, creek, or lake. One of the best places to ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator Edwin Case Five hardy hikers braved the possibly wet weather for this hike. We almost didn’t reach our destination because on the drive to the trailhead, where the bridge crossing the South Umpqua River used to be was no bridge at all. There were no signs to direct drivers to an alternate route ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator Richard O’Neill This is a relatively new trail, having been constructed and finished late summer of 2017. Naturally, this was the first time the club had ever hiked this 10’ish mile trail and 8 or so hikers set on the trail with an expectant air of discovery. The first part of the hike ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator Lane Harris Tidbits Mountain is a small peak with epic views. It’s also a small peak with a long drive to the trailhead. On that drive, as we headed up the McKenzie River valley, the air became hazy, then hazier, then haziest. Before long, thick choking smoke from the brand new Terwilliger Fire ………….click here to read more.
There were two gigantic wildfires burning in central California and Roseburg’s skies were clogged with smoke from the twin conflagrations. It stood to reason there’d be plenty more acrid smoke and ash in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. But 9 intrepid hikers drove three hours through dense choking smoke while the rest of the “fluffies” ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator – Edwin Case Three Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club members journeyed to the Fuji Mountain trail head located in the Willamette National Forest near Oakridge Oregon. We hiked uphill just over three miles to the peak of Fuji Mountain and were rewarded with views of Waldo Lake and the Three Sisters. ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator – Edwin Case The road was rough and we had three 4 wheel drive vehicles ferry our 11 hikers to the upper Mount Bailey trailhead. We enjoyed a respite from Roseburg’s upper 90 degree heat with the temperature being a relatively cool 80ish degrees with a steady breeze blowing. Unfortunately, smoke from the ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator – Lane Harris Despite a long drive and one flat tire, 11 people enjoyed this one-way 6 mile mostly downhill hike on the newly developed Jack-Ash trail near Jacksonville and Ashland, OR (thus, the Jack-Ash name, which surely conjures up snickers from those of us still in the 2nd grade, mental-wise). The weather ………….click here to read more.
Hike Coordinator – Edwin Case Only four hikers showed up for this hike. Lindsey, Brad, Larry, and I arrived at the trailhead near Tipanogas Lake Campground at 10:30. We hiked along the north side of Lake Tipanogas then up and around the valley, walking through forest and past ponds up to the summit of Cowhorn ………….click here to read more.