Gate Closed to Umpqua Hot Springs -- Recent Snow Caused Forest Service to Safeguard Traffic by Closing Gate on Forest Road 3401

Contact: Mark Turney, (541) 430-5124

Due to predicted heavy snows for the Toketee and Diamond Lake areas this weekend, the Umpqua National Forest Service staff closed a temporary gate leading to the Umpqua Hot Springs, near Toketee, just past the junction of Forest Roads 34 and 3401. Anyone wishing to visit the Umpqua Hot Springs must be prepared to hike, ski or snowshoe approximately 1.5 miles to the trailhead and then another steep quarter-mile of snowy trail to access the pools.

This action is coordinated with the Douglas County Sheriff's office and Toketee residents to reduce adverse impacts on the Sheriff’s office and Search and Rescue personnel. The closure is to prevent vehicles from getting stuck on the road. Closing the gate addresses public safety by limiting vehicle access to a parking area at the junction of the two roads.

To find out if the gate has been re-opened as well as local weather and driving conditions, call or visit the Toketee Ranger Station at (541) 498-2531 or (541) 496-4020, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also check the latest conditions on the Facebook page for the Umpqua National Forest.