You and Fido can take a challenging hike through the Umpqua National Forest on the Tioga Segment of the North Umpqua Trail. This gravel and dirt pathway travels through mature woods and tracks the Wild and Scenic Umpqua River. There are some steep climbs, fern-covered ground, and scenic waterfalls along the route. If you can, plan your trip between May and October to look for steelhead and salmon jumping up the falls to reach their spawning grounds.
The western trailhead for the Tioga Segment starts at Swiftwater Park. Park in the lot on the south side of the North Umpqua Highway. A short way into the old growth forest, you'll come to Deadline Falls. Watch the whitewater churning over the boulders and look for salmon and trout struggling to get upstream. From here, you can continue east along the river. Walk among fern groves to Fern Creek Falls. This site has a footbridge where you'll be able to look down on the cascading water. Further on, the route becomes more rugged and steep as it climbs Bob Butte. Continue down the other side of the hill and wander by the river for the second half of the trek. The next portion of the North Umpqua Trail starts at the Wright Creek Trailhead.
Forest Service regulations permit you to bring Spot here on a leash. You won't find potable water sources on this trail segment. Bring some with you for your outing. Collect and carry out your pup's waste when you hike.
Hiking the Tioga Segment of the Umpqua National Forest gives you an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife like eagles, osprey, elk, and deer as you travel through hemlock, sugar pine, and Douglas fir forests. Enjoy the scenic views of the river and its waterfalls as you and your pup get a workout on this route!