Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail

Umpqua Wilderness, Oregon

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Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail

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  • White Mule Trailhead parking area for the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • White Mule Trailhead along the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Information signs along the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Dread and Terror Segment sign along the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • North Umpqua Trail. - Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Lush plants and tall trees line the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Many sections of the Dread and Terror Segment of the trial have small streams running over them.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Small wooden footbridge along the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • The trail follows the North Umpqua River, making for some beautiful views and relaxing sounds as you hike.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Smaller falls are found along the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • The North Umpqua Trail along the North Umpqua River.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • The North Umpqua River along the Dread and Terror Segment of the North Umpqua Trail.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Lemolo Falls along the North Umpqua River.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • 165-foot Lemolo Falls on the Umpqua National Forest.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • The spray from Lemolo Falls makes the base of the canyon lush and green.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • Lemolo Falls along the North Umpqua Trail. - Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • North Umpqua Trail. - Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
  • North Umpqua Trial.- Lemolo Falls via the North Umpqua Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Waterfalls.
Cons: 
Trail can become muddy and waterlogged.
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Region:
Umpqua Wilderness, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,920.00 ft (1,194.82 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Dread and Terror segment of the North Umpqua Trail is a unique section filled with some amazing waterfalls. From the White Mule Trailhead the trail follows the North Umpqua River with smaller falls cascading over rocks and logs. About a mile in you can start to hear the roar of the lager Lemolo Falls. You will get a glimpse of the falls, but continue on to a small outcropping for a better view. On a clear day you may even see the Cascades in the distance. 

The trail is muddy, even in the dry summer season. Some fallen trees and waterlogged sections of the trail can make travel a bit difficult, but the trail remains passable. For a longer hike you can continue on to the Hot Springs Trailhead, about 12 more miles north. The whole North Umpqua Trail is about 79 miles long, and is perfect for those looking for a larger adventure. This is also a popular trail for mountain biking, both on the Lemolo Segment and on the Dread and Terror Segment. The trail is managed by both the Forest Service and the BLM. 

Two separate trails lead to Lemolo Falls. The North Umpqua Trail #1414 approaches from the south: The White Mule Trailhead is easier to reach and the route follows the river and is more gradual, but it is also muddier and stays along the top of the canyon with no real trail down to the base of the falls. The Lemolo Falls Trail #1468 approaches from the north: This trailhead is harder to reach, and the trail is steeper and sometimes blocked by downed trees or landslides. That being said, it's worth the hike because it leads you all the way to the base of the falls for a stunning view of the canyon. Either trail will give you an amazing view of the falls, and the trailheads are close enough and the trails short enough that you can easily do both in the same day. 

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