Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Brice Creek Trailhead

Provides access to: Brice Creek Trail No. 1403 which follows Brice Creek for 5.7 miles. Brice Creek Trail is a popular hike that traverses a scenic canyon with numerous small waterfalls, pools, and rocky outposts, the last of which provide spaces for picnicking and sunbathing along the creek.

Brice Creek Trailhead

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Rec area marker Acker Rock

Acker Rock is located on the Tiller Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest. There are 20 established routes on Acker that range in difficulty of 5.5 PG to 5.10d. Some of the most popular of these are the Peregrine Traverse (Oregon’s longest II to III 5.6 climb, 9 pitches) and Eagle’s Dare (III 5.9, 8 pitches). In addition, Oregon’s longest multiple rappel from the ridge of Acker Rock Lookout to the base of Eagle’s Dare is close to 550 feet in length. This is some of Southwest Oregon adventure climbing at its best.

Gear

  • A 60-meter rope is recommended for all routes in this area.
  • A minimum of 2 ropes per party is encouraged, as pitches will generally average 150 to 200 feet in length.
  • All routes are protected with fixed anchors; however you may find it desirable to carry a light rack of cams to supplement the occasional run-out.
  • Most routes, except the Peregrine Traverse, will not have chains at belay anchors, so carry extra webbing.
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Rec area marker Limpy Rock

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Rec area marker McKinley Rock

Approximately 350 feet in height, McKinley Rock has a broad open face with a dome-like appearance. There are nine established routes on McKinley ranging from 5.7 to 5.10d. Two of the most popular routes are HangTen (5.10a) and Testosterone Monkey (5.10a). McKinley Rock sits at the top of the Steamboat Creek watershed on the North Umpqua Ranger District. Access to the base of the rock requires a one mile hike in on the Long Ridge Trail. Reconstruction of this historic trail and signs directing climbers to the Long Ridge trailhead were funded in partnership with the Umpqua National Forest and an Access Fund grant.

Gear

  • A 60-meter rope is recommended for all routes in this area.
  • A minimum of 2 ropes per party is encouraged, as pitches will generally average 150 feet in length.
  • All routes, except the first pitch of Testosterone Monkey, are protected with fixed anchors.
  • The average bolt spacing is roughly 10-feet with few if any opportunities for supplementing with gear.
  • Testosterone Monkey requires a rack of cams (1 to 3.5 inches) for the first 100 feet.
  • There are no chains at belay anchors on McKinley. However, there are now chains for rappelling from the register on top (four rappels down south face using a 60-meter rope).
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Rec area marker Mt. Thielsen Wilderness: Umpqua

Mt. Thielsen Wilderness encompasses 54,914 acres and runs along the crest of the Cascades 80 miles east of Roseburg and just north of Crater Lake National Park. Elevations range from 5,000' to the 9,182' summit of Mount Thielsen. Born of the same volcanic activity that created Crater Lake, this is the land of fire and ice.

Much of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness is made up of high alpine forests and open meadows. The terrain is moderate but becomes very steep toward the crest of the Cascade Mountains. Timberline stands at about 7,200 feet, just above a forest of mountain hemlock and fir mixed with whitebark pine. Lodgepole pine dominates the vegetation at lower elevations. The many streams in the area carry a substantial amount of snowmelt in spring. 

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail winds through the Mount Thielsen Wilderness for 26 miles along the summit of the Cascade Range. For a more serene wilderness adventure, hike into Lake Lucille or Maidu Lake on the North Umpqua Trail #1414. The trail passes over deep pumice that was deposited when Mt. Mazama erupted to form Crater Lake. The famed North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River begins at Maidu on its long trek to the Pacific Ocean. 

For the more experienced, the climb to the top of 9,182 foot Mt. Thielsen is a nice challenge. The Mount Thielsen Trail enters for approximately five miles from the west to rise above the tree line and, after 200 feet of hand-over-hand scrambling, finally reaches to within 80 feet of the summit and a breathtaking view. The summit itself requires a short technical climb. Sitting at the top of the sharp volcanic pinnacle, it is easy to see why Thielsen has been called "the lightning rod of the Cascades.

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Rec area marker Myrtle Creek-Canyonville Tour Route

This State of Oregon designated Tour Route loop explores a 68-mile section of Southern Oregon. It's so rich in natural beauty and fascinating history, pack a lunch and make it an all-day adventure. This loop route begins and ends in Myrtle Creek. The southern part of the route is along the South Umpqua River and goes past historic homes and buildings, bountiful farms, then the middle part of the route is a forest road through stands of Douglas fir, and the northern portion goes through hills dotted with cattle, sheep and wild turkeys. The roadsides are painted with wildflowers in spring and colored leaves in fall. For more information, call the Myrtle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce at (541) 863-3037 or the Tiller Ranger District at (541) 825-3100.

You can also visit the Travel Oregon web site for more information.

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Rec area marker North Umpqua Ranger District

Located in the heart of the forest and centered around the beautiful North Umpqua River, North Umpqua Ranger District offers up a cornucopia of recreational activities: fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, nature viewing, OHV trail riding, hiking, and boating. We know—it’s exciting.

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Rec area marker North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River

The 33.8-mile Wild and Scenic section of the North Umpqua River offers exciting white water boating. Permits are not required for non-commercial private boats. Commercial outfitters are available for hire. A 5-mile section upstream of Bogus Creek Campground is closed to boating between July 15 and October 31 to minimize conflicts with anglers. Also, between July 1 and the end of October, boating is restricted before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. to lessen conflicts with anglers.

Detailed information regarding white water boating on the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River is available in a brochure entitled “North Umpqua River Recreation Guide,” available from the North Umpqua Ranger District, Colliding Rivers Visitor Center in Glide, and at several boat launches along the river. The brochure provides information on boat launches and various rapids classification found within the Wild and Scenic River. The brochure also covers river etiquette, safety, and information on campgrounds and other recreational opportunities along the North Umpqua River corridor. The rapids of the Wild and Scenic section have been rated following the International Scale of River Difficulty as follows:Class II+ (9 Rapids): Rapids with waves up to 3 feet high; some maneuvering is required to avoid dangerous situations Class III (19 Rapids): Rapids with higher, irregular waves often capable of swamping an open canoe. Narrow passages may require complex maneuvering and scouting from shore. Class IV (1 Rapid): Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require precise maneuvering in very turbulent waters. Scouting from shore is often necessary and conditions make rescue difficult. Generally not possible for open canoes. Scouting from shore. Class V (1 Rapid): Extremely difficult. Life may be endangered in the event of a mishap. The one Class V rapid is deadline falls located within 1/3 mile of Rock Creek and the bottom of the designated Wild and Scenic section. Boaters takeout upstream of deadline falls. Difficulty of the rapids is primarily dependant on water flow levels. Most rapids increase in difficulty with higher water. However, several rapids on the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River become more difficult as the water level decreases.

River flows are available daily from a stream gauge downstream of Steamboat Creek. Flows are available from the Douglas County web site www.co.douglas.or.us The river difficulty ratings do not reflect potentially dangerous conditions that may be present when trees, snags, and slides enter and become part of the ever-changing river. It is your responsibility to scout and familiarize yourself with the sections of the river you are planning to float. There are several runs possible, and the North Umpqua River Recreation guide is an excellent planning tool for first time visitors.Deadline Falls is rated a Class V rapid. Boaters takeout upstream of this falls.

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Rec area marker Old Man and Old Woman Pinnacles

Approximately 280 feet in height, Old Man Pinnacle stands with Old Woman as dominant features above the North Umpqua River. Between the two, there are four established routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.11c. Dilley’s Delight (5.9, approx. 160 ft, trad) is one of the more popular climbs on the Umpqua, while The Prize (5.11c, approx. 260 ft, sport) is considered by many to be an Oregon classic. It is also not unusual to see climbers making a Tyrolean between Old Man and Old Woman.

Gear

  • The rappel off either pinnacle requires a minimum of two 50-meter ropes.
  • When rappelling from on top Old Man into the uphill notch, be aware that strong afternoon winds are the norm.
  • Rappelling by way of The Prize is not recommended without aid gear for climbing rope. The route is overhanging enough that one can easily miss a rappel anchor and become suspended away from the rock. 
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Rec area marker Poole Creek Boating Site

Boating, fishing, waterskiing.The lake contains Kokanee, Eastern Brook, and a few Rainbow trout. Large German brown trout are wild native fish and can be taken on troll and fly Waterskiing is a popular activity on portions of the lake. The lake depth exceeds 100 feet in places

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