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Hike to Umpqua Hot Springs in Southern Oregon

Hike to Umpqua Hot Springs in Southern Oregon

Okay, so people love a good hot spring. And Umpqua Hot Springs is a marquee attraction. What makes it so good? Well, you’re perched on a terraced mineral deposit above the flowing beauty of the North Umpqua River.

There are a few pools to choose from, with varying degrees of heat. You have to hike up to them for a quarter of a mile (15 minutes). Put on proper shoes for the short but steep hike up to the springs. You’ll cross a bridge and ascend a lean, rocky trail until you reach the pools.

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Sink in and soak it all up, listening to the rushing river and the breeze rustling through trees. Pool hop if you’re so inclined. Some like it hot.

TIP: Go early or late day to avoid the mid-afternoon crush, and make it weekday if possible. Also, some prefer their birthday suit to bathing suits, so you may get some full moons not forecasted on Farmers Almanac.

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Check the website for the area status of Umpqua Hot Springs. Here’s a map to the trailhead.

2020 Travel: Here’s more information on Southern Oregon’s health guidelines and updates.

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