North Umpqua Trail

April 2, 1989

I met a car of five at the Del Rey Cafe, Winchester area of North Roseburg. After a short stop we headed up the North Umpqua River past Glide in two cars, as a car shuttle was planned at the other end of the trail. While this was taking place we were joined by John and Jane. This part of the trail starts about 40 miles east of Roseburg, crossing the river on the Wright Creek Bridge and going a short distance to the parking area by the trailhead. It was cool and cloudy most of the trip with a light rain at times, but not enough to dampen our spirits. I think everyone enjoyed the scenery — the flowers that were out, the heavy moss covering all around us, the sound of the river and its rapids as it went rushing by most of the way, the footbridges we used to cross the streams cascading down to the river, Zane Gray’s campsite by one of the streams, even a little sunshine at Steamboat Ranger Station, the trial’s end! We all had lunch at one of the stream crossings. The several obstructions on the trail this early in the season posed no problems. I hope those who had never been to this area enjoyed the trip and will return again. Forgive me for rambling on, but it was a very nice trip with good company. A special thanks to Miki, who took care of the Eugene end for me. Those making the trip were Dorothy Burton, John and Jane Corliss, Miki Hutchison, Robin Prentice, Sandy and Ed Ragusa, and yours truly, leader (Chief Posy) Lloyd Plaisted.


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