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Hikes into proposed Crater Lake Wilderness Areas sponsored by Umpqua Watersheds

July 7th & 8th - DONEGAN PRAIRIE

Umpqua Watersheds will lead a hike through a beautiful area of subalpine meadows near the Rogue Umpqua Divide wilderness, called Donegan Prairie.  This 3.7 mile hike takes us through meadows dotted with wildflowers— from an elevation of 5,200 to 5,400 feet. Since the area is some distance from Roseburg, we will be camping overnight. There is no developed campground so hikers should bring 1 gal. potable water per person, toilet paper and shovels. Also bring mosquito repellant, large one gallon garbage bag and hand clippers to trim brush on little maintained trails.  Another hike into the Rogue-Umpqua Divide will take place the following day, July 8th. Donegan Prairie is included within the proposed Crater Lake Wilderness. 

When:     Monday, July 7th and 8th.

Meet –Up: Douglas County Library   parking lot  --  9:00  am
                       9:30    --   Canyonville   Promise Health Store 
                       10: 00 ---   Tiller  Ranger Station

August 16th - WALK FOR WILDERNESS AT Diamond Lake Join the Umpqua National Forest Service and Umpqua Wilderness 50th celebratory Walk for Wilderness, a family fun experience with sack lunches and “Wilderness tokens” for attendees. This event requires Registration and a Fee to participate. Saturday, August 16th 10am to 3pm. 541-498-2531


Umpqua Watersheds will lead a hike to beautiful Indigo Lake, at the base of Sawtooth Mountain in the northern part of  “The Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal”, between Diamond Peak Wilderness to its north and Mt. Thielsen Wilderness to its south.  

The trailhead for this hike is at Timpanogas Campground on Timpanogas Lake in the Willamette National Forest.

The 1.9 mile trip into Indigo Lake is considered easy with a 600 foot elevation gain. The hike around Indigo Lake is a flat 1 mile. The total for this hike is 4.8 miles.

For those who would like to go on to the top of Sawtooth Mt., the additional distance is 5.2 miles round trip with an elevation gain 1,600 feet. Because of the elevation gain, this trail is rated difficult, but for those who feel confident, well worth the effort.

When:     Saturday, September 6th

From Roseburg and vicinity:
Meet-Up:        8am at Douglas County Library parking lot
From Cottage Grove vicinity:
Meet-Up:        9am at Jack-in-the-Box parking lot, exit 174 on the west side of I-5.
From Trailhead for Indigo Lake at Timpanogas Campground.
Meet-Up: 11am

September 27th - Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Hike
Patrick Starnes leads this hike to one of the Umpqua’s three wilderness areas. Mt. Thielsen rises out of the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness to a height of 9,182 ft. With roughly a 3,782 foot elevation gain, it is considered a steep climb, particularly above timberline.  The last 200 feet is considered strenuous hand-over-hand climb, but is worth the staggering view.  It is a 1.5 hour drive from Roseburg to the Mt. Thielsen Trailhead for a total of 81 miles. 
For more information, call Umpqua Watersheds at 541-672-7065

When: September 27, 2014
Meet-Up: 8am
Carpools should meet at the parking lot behind the Douglas County library along Deer Creek, off Fowler St.

For more information call Umpqua Watersheds   541-672-7065  or Susan Applegate at 541-849-3500



Did you know?

The Umpqua River is one of only two Oregon rivers having headwaters in the Cascade Mountains and cutting through the Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean.