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 (21) 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.
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 hoards of mosquitos during the late spring and early summer months.
(21) Lake Lucile and Maidu Lake: At about 6,000 foot elevation, both of these High Cascades lakes are 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.
At a Glance
Western access, Kelsay Valley Horse Camp and Trailhead:
From Roseburg, OR take Umpqua Highway 138 east for about 74 miles. Then turn north off Highway 138 approximately 1 mile east of Lemolo Junction, onto Road 60, the Windigo Pass Road. Follow for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Road 6000-958. The trailhead sign is at the end of the road in 1.5 miles.
North Umpqua Trail is accessed via 0.3 mile Porcupine Connect Trail 1412A that leaves from the trailhead.
Eastern access at Miller Lake (Fremont-Winema National Forest):
From Miller Lake, at Fremont-Winema National Forest, via Digit Point Trailhead, take Maidu Trail west for 4.5 miles to Maidu Lake where the Maidu Lake Trail meets the North Umpqua Trail #1414. Maidu Lake Trail crosses the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 (PCT) on its way to Maidu Lake.