The Maidu Lake Segment of the North Umpqua Trail is a nine-mile long National Recreation Trail in the Umpqua National Forest. This natural-surface pathway tracks through the grass and woods between Maidu Lake and the Kelsay Valley Campground trailhead. You'll follow a river, then enter the wilderness as you climb along deposits of pumice until you reach the lake. Be ready to encounter lots of mosquitos if you come in the summertime!
To reach the western trailhead, head toward Kelsay Valley Campground on Windigo Pass Road and turn onto Forest Road 6000-958. The trail is at the end of the road. The starting point is a grassy space by the water. You'll pass through Theilsen Wilderness on the way to Maidu and Lucille Lakes. The pumice you climb over here is from the Mt. Mazama eruption that formed Crater Lake many years ago. Look for the fingerling trout in these High Cascades lakes. There are also scenic views of some of the area mountains along the course. If you continue east on the connector trail, you'll arrive at the eastern trailhead by the Digit Point Campground.
You can put a leash on your furry pal and bring them with you when you hike this trail. Help to protect the natural beauty of the backcountry area by collecting and packing out any waste. Check with the Diamond Lake Ranger Station before lighting any fires out here. Mountain bikes and horseback riders can also use this pathway. Yield by pulling to the right side of the road when others are passing you.
Hike through woodland and grass flats as you follow the North Umpqua River Trail - Maidu Segment. You and your canine pal will enjoy a rigorous workout as you walk over volcanic pumice in the forest. The mountain lakes at the end of the road offer a peaceful area to enjoy the scenery.