Hot Springs With a View

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.

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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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: In the episode "Road Trip to Spectacular: National Park, Hot Springs & Hikes" the Weekend Sherpa team discuss their adventures in Southern Oregon and visiting Umpqua Hot Springs.

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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