Trail Running Vacation with Lodges North Umpqua Trail Adventure

A scenic trail running vacation

The North Umpqua River canyon slices through the western edge of the Cascade mountains on its way to the Pacific Ocean.  As to plunges from high in the mountains towards the flatter coastal plane it falls through a spectacularly green and luscious canyon filled with cascading waterfalls and picturesque basalt columns. Paralleling the river on this journey is a trail perfectly designed for trail running and an ideal way to experience this canyon.  If you love to run this is the journey you want to experience.

Over three days travelers run three different sections of the trail culminating in the famous 13 mile, “Dread and Terror” section of the trail.  Don’t let the name scare you away, but do expect some incredible scenery and the day concludes at the incredible, North Umpqua Hotsprings.  These hot springs are carved into the cliffs overlooking the river and provide the ideal place to relax for an hour after a run.  Each day includes incredible scenery, wildlife, and breath taking views of the river.  At the end of each days run we stop for swimming or short detours to some of Oregon’s most famous waterfalls and on two of the day a possible stop in the hot springs.

Unlike our Rogue River Trail Running Trip this trip is not continuous.  We run a section on day one and then drive to an incredible little lodge where our guides prepare dinner and we sit around the outdoor fire pit to enjoy our evening.  Both nights are spent at the same lodge which means you can move in and make yourself comfortable.

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North Umpqua Trail Running Trip Itinerary

Trip Logistics Overview

Day 1: Meet customers at our facility in Merlin or at one of our meeting locations in Roseburg.

Run Option 1: Panther Trailhead to Soda Springs Trailhead – 11.4 miles

Run Option 2: Calf Creek Trailhead to Soda Springs Trailhead – 7.7 miles

Today’s section offers many a bird’s eye view of the river below, the trail winds through moss-covered rock bluffs, fern-covered hillsides, lush forests, then passes above an old-growth Douglas-fir grove that features several 5 to 7-foot diameter giants over 800 years old!

As we leave lunch the trail will take you along an old roadbed, into Dark Canyon, through a forest of Douglas-fir and big-leaf maple, and below the volcanic remnants of Eagle Rock and Old Man Rock.  This is a beautiful day where you will likely see many rafters coming down stream towards you.  Many distance options are available today depending on how much everyone wants to run.  At the end of today’s run it’s off to Lomolo Lake Resort for the evening.

Day 2 run: Soda Springs trailhead to Hotsprings trailhead – 13.1 miles

Named after a volcanic plug that rises 1500-feet above the river, this trail segment follows high along the canyon rim. At the western end, you’ll pass by the Soda Springs Dam and Reservoir, then cross Medicine and Slide Creeks. Look for a great view from an open bluff 500 feet above the North Umpqua River.  Around lunch the group will arrive at the incredible Toketee Falls where a quick stop is an absolute must.

After lunch is a bit shorter but no less spectacular.  The trail will cross over the much smaller river a number of times before concluding at the North Umpqua Hotsprings.  A quick (or long) soak while taking in the views of the river and the group will be off to our lodge for the night and another great meal before relaxing around the campfire.

Day 3 run: White Mule to Hotsprings – 13 miles

The famous, “Dread and Terror” section.  While this section does have some beautiful cliffs the name actually comes from the challenges one would face in fighting a forest fire in the forbidding canyon.  Today is the highlight run for most with numerous waterfalls and certainly the most remote feeling of the trip.  The 102 ft. Lemolo Falls is an incredible site.

Today ends back at the North Umpqua Hotsprings, so another soak might be in order before loading back into the vans for the final time and heading back to civilization.

Travel Information for the North Umpqua Trail Running

Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips

You can choose to meet us at one of two locations for this trip depending on where you are coming from and where you are going after.

1. Our shop in Merlin Oregon at 9:00 AM. We are located at 210 Merlin Rd. Merlin, OR. 97532. Exit I-5 at exit 61 and drive 3.2 miles. We are on the right hand side. If you are coming from the south meet us here.

2. The Windmill Inn in Roseburg Oregon. The Wildmill Inn is directly off of I-5 at exit #125. We meet here at 10:00 AM.


If you are coming from the South or will already be in Grants Pass Oregon meeting us at our shop in Merlin these are some great spots in town.

If you are coming from the north like Eugene, Portland, or Seattle it will be easier for you to meet us in Roseburg Oregon. If you want to meet us in Roseburg we meet customers in the parking lot of the Windmill Inn at 10:00 AM. You can also choose to stay up on the river at the beautiful Steamboat Inn. If you stay at the Steamboat we can pick you up there around 10:30 AM.


The North Umpqua River corridor is strewn with incredible camp grounds. If you plan on adding a day of rafting on the North Umpqua River to a family road trip, a night camping in the area will be a great experience. If you plan on camping in the area talk to us and we will coordinate the right place and time to meet you.

North Umpqua River Camping Information

Flying In

The closest commercial airport is in Eugene, Oregon which is about an hour and fifteen minutes north of Roserburg. If you fly into Eugene you will need to rent a car and meet us at the Windmill Inn in Roseburg.

Typical Weather

  • May · High (F) 71 Low (F) 46 Avg. Rainfall 1.82 in.
  • June · High (F) 78 Low (F) 51 Avg. Rainfall .92 in.
  • July · High (F) 86 Low (F) 55 Avg. Rainfall .44 in.
  • August · High (F) 86 Low (F) 55 Avg. Rainfall .57 in.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How much is the deposit and when is the balance for my trip due?

    For the Trail Running Trips on both the Rogue River and North Umpqua River trails the deposit is $300 per person. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the trip launches. Upon making your reservation you have the option to set up your credit card to automatically run the balance on the due date.

  • Q: What does OTT supply to drink and if we want something specific can we pack it?

    Orange Torpedo Trips will supply water and Gatorade, which is always available from the raft throughout the day. This water and Gatorade is stored in large dispensers and you will need a water bottle to dispense into. We also supply a variety of soda that will be available at lunch and at the lodges. For those over 21 years old OTT will supply red wine, white wine and beer in the evenings at the lodges. The wines come from either, one of our many wonderful local Applegate Valley vineyards or our partner vineyard in Napa Valley. You are more than welcome to bring hard alcohol with you, but we no longer supply it as part of our service. Please label it and give it to us the morning the trip starts and we will store on the raft for you during the day.

  • Q: Gratuity, is it common to give tips and how much?

    Gratuity is certainly appreciated but by no means required. At the conclusion of a trip please just give any gratuity to the head guide who will divide it evenly among the crew. Standard restaurant gratuity percentages tend not apply on these trips, so what we have seen over the years on the Trail Running trip is an average of approx: $50 per person in a group. So a group of four would be about $200. That is what we typically see on this trip as an average, please don’t feel obligated. Also, when thinking about gratuities, please feel free to tip the staff at the lodges during your stay there.

North Umpqua Trail Running Trip Rates/Dates

2015 North Umpqua Trail Running Trip Dates

2015 Trip Dates


  • Monday and Thursday Starts - $949

Trip Start Dates:

  • June - 8,11,15,18
  • July - 6,9,13,16,20,23
  • August - 10,13,17,20,24,27,31
  • September - 3

Other dates are available for groups of 6 or more. A single occupancy rate of $150 does apply.  If you have a question about the single occupancy rate just give us a call.

North Umpqua Trail Running Trip Packing List

On this trip we set up a bit of a basecamp so space is not a huge concern and your stuff will not be going in raft.  So feel free to bring whatever you want to be comfortable (within reason).

What to pack

On the Trail

  • Trail running shoes (trail is rocky in many places - minimalist or barefoot shoes are not advised)
  • Sports sandals (something you can swim in if you choose at lunch or at the lodge)
  • Running clothing for both hot and cool/wet weather
  • Hydration pack or water bottle for running with
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

At the Lodge

  • 2 pair pants/shorts
  • 2 shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal Items (medications, hygiene; keep personal grooming items to a minimum)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera with memory cards and batteries