North Umpqua Trail - Maidu Lake Segment

photo: Maidu Lake (the source of the North Umpqua River) in the Cascade Range. Photo by Rick Swart/ODFW.

Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing

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Location: Diamond Lake Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Douglas, Klamath
Longitude: -122.09607
Latitude: 43.31823

Driving Directions

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The first mile of trail from Kelsay Valley Trailhead follows the river as it meanders through a broad, grassy flat. At 2.7 miles, near the Tolo Creek Trail #1466 junction the trail enters Mt. Thielsen Wilderness (this segment is closed to mountain bike use). As the trail climbs toward Lake Lucile and Maidu Lake, you will travel over deep deposits of pumice deposited over 7,700 years ago by the eruption of Mt. Mazama that created Crater Lake. Both of these High Cascades lakes are often stocked with fingerling trout. Lake Lucile covers 9 acres and averages a depth of 15 feet. Maidu Lake, the source of the North Umpqua River, averages a depth of 12 feet and covers 20 acres.

From Maidu Lake, Kelsay Valley Trailhead is 9 miles to the west and Digit Point Trailhead is 4.75 miles to the east at Miller Lake in Fremont-Winema National Forest.

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 junction with North Umpqua Trail is about 1 mile southeast of Maidu Lake.

Be prepared for hordes of mosquito's during the late spring and early summer months.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 4%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 4,260
Elevation High Point: 6,240
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Lemolo and Maidu Segments
Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Michael Kinney
Umpqua National Forest
Diamond Lake Ranger District
2020 Ranger Station Rd
Idleyld Park, OR 97447
(541) 498-2531
[email protected]



Maidu Lake (the source of the North Umpqua River) in the Cascade Range. Photo by Rick Swart/ODFW.

Maidu Lake (the source of the North Umpqua River) in the Cascade Range. Photo by Rick Swart/ODFW.


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