When you come to hike on the Bohemia Trail, you may not expect all the rich history and old sites that populate the area. The trail itself is pretty small, only 2 feet wide and mostly made of packed soil with overgrowth along the sides. Although small, the trail is pretty intact and cuts through the Umpqua National Forest and to the top of Bohemia Mountain.
Starting out, park at the Bohemia Saddle Trailhead, where you'll get your first peek at the dense forests that make up the area. The open lot is made of gravel, with plenty of parking space for cars, trailers, and RVs. Once parked and secured, you and Fido can start heading south along the trail, which begins at a steep 10% grade. The trail is covered nicely, with lots of shade and views of the tall pine trees. It won't be long until you and your pup reach your first landmark: the Bohemia Mine.
The trail itself is actually over 100 years old and was originally made as the first road that connected the nearby trail to the then working Bohemia Mine. Once working, the mines have since been abandoned and only work as a scenery piece. Thankfully, the trail has remained intact and continues to follow through open meadows and the forested Calapooya Ridge for 4.2 miles. Afterward, the trail descends down towards Shane Saddle, where hikes can find a trailhead with shade and picnic tables to sit at and rest.
Once rested, you can camp at the trailhead or along the trail in the open meadows, or head back to your car. From historic sites to gorgeous views of the nearby ridgelines, this alpine forested trail shows off more than can be seen, and also provides a calming place to hike with your pup.