Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Schedule – July 28 through October 20, 2018

Meet – The group meets before 8 am in the Douglas County Courthouse parking lot behind the old Douglas County Library. In general, most hikes take an hour to an hour and a half driving time each direction.

Bring – Each person should bring water, lunch, layers of clothing including raingear. If you wish to carpool then please come prepared to share gas expenses. Driving time to trailheads and hike length are estimates only.

Be Prepared – Wear seasoned boots. Stay with the group and on the trail. If lost, stay put. Each hiker hikes at his or her own risk and is responsible for his or her own health, safety and welfare. Hiking destinations may be changed due to weather conditions or other concerns.

The hike coordinator will have you sign a SignInWaiver to participate.

Hikes are submitted to the News Review for publication. A schedule is also listed on this website and is often posted on the club’s Facebook page.

Hike destinations are subject to change at the hike coordinator’s discretion due to weather conditions, etc.

July 28 – Mount Bailey: Strenuous 5.4 miles – Want to see what Diamond Lake looks like from 3’000 feet above? Well, come join us on our hike to the summit of Mount Bailey. The round mountain serves up epic views of southwest Oregon and the route skirts around Bailey’s crater, which you will not see from Diamond Lake. For more information call Edwin Case 541-839-4334.

August 11 – Fuji Mountain: Strenuous 6 miles – Fuji Mountain looks down upon Waldo Lake, Oregon’s second largest natural lake reposing below the Three Sisters. But wait, there’s more! For a few more miles, the club will visit peaceful Birthday Lake. For more information call Edwin Case 541-839-4334.

August 15 – 19th – Club Campout: Our destination this year is Lassen National Park and we have two group campsites reserved at Lost Creek Group Camp. There are still a few spots available. For more information call or text Lane Harris 541-643-9278.

August 25 – Tidbits Mountain: Strenuous 4.5 miles – Tidbits Mountain may be a small peak, relative to its nearby mountain neighbors, but the views are airplanesque from the craggy summit. Stunning views abound, from the Three Sisters to Mount Jefferson. For more information call or text Lane Harris 541-643-9278.  

September 8 – Lemolo Lake Loop: Moderate 9.3 miles – Last year, a brand new trail was put in place along the south shore of Lemolo Lake that, when joined up with existing trails, allow hikers to walk around the many-armed lake. This will be the first time the club will hike this route. Come enjoy the new-trail smell with us! For more information call or text Richard O’Neill 541-643-3550.

September 22 – Dellenback Dunes: Moderate 7.5 miles – Dellenback Dunes is Oregon’s biggest sandbox. The wind-carved dune landscape might resemble Saudi Arabia (except our Douglas firs give the location away). Dellenback Dunes a club itinerary staple but hiking here is always a good time. For more information call John Malone 541-673-1973.

October 6 – Fish, Cliff and Buckeye Lakes: Strenuous 10.2 miles – Eons ago, Grasshopper Mountain split in two and the resultant landslide created lakes that currently reside at the foot of the Mountain. This hike will visit three lakes and also provide views of the surrounding peaks of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. Bring your camera! For more information call Edwin Case 541-839-4334.

October 10 – Potluck and Planning Meeting (conference room at the YMCA): Bring your own plates, utensils and something yummy. Potluck begins at 5:30 with planning meeting to begin shortly after. We will be planning hikes for the next four months. Please come prepared with ideas of where you would like to hike. For more information call Rheo 541-677-0799 or Dollie 541-673-2365.

October 20 – Upper Rogue River Trail: Moderate 8.3 miles – The Upper Rogue River Trail is the place to go to catch the spectacular fall colors, thanks to the ample quantities of vine maple growing along the river. In addition to the orange and scarlet vegetation, we will observe where the Rogue River disappears underground at Natural Bridge. For more information call or text Richard O’Neill 541-643-3550.