Steep terrain, Long distance
The Swiftwater Trailhead is the western end of the
North Umpqua Trail. The Tioga Segment is the lowest
in elevation, and provides year-round recreation opportunities.
The trail winds through old growth forests of Douglas-fir,
hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet
The first quarter-mile of the trail is accessible to
persons with disabilities and provides easy access to
Deadline Falls. Travel another 1.5 miles through the
attractive forested fern groves to the small, but picturesque,
Fern Creek Falls. Day-hikers can venture a few more
miles through riparian and forested areas, to Bob Butte.
Then it's up the trail to a rock outcrop meadow and
suggested turnaround for day-hikers. Beyond this, the
trail drops down and meanders for many miles, close
to the North Umpqua River.
Hikers who want to complete all 15.7 miles might consider
spending the night due to the long distance. There are
no developed campsites, although primitive "no-trace"
camping is allowed off the trail.
the months of May and October, anadromous (sea-run)
salmon and steelhead can be seen jumping the falls
on their journey from the ocean to their spawning
grounds. Interpretive information is available on-site.
FERN CREEK FALLS
on the footbridge will give you a good view of delightful
Fern Creek Falls on one side and the North Umpqua
Wild and Scenic River on the other.