February 6, 2019 3:50 a.m.
Staff with the Umpqua National Forest has closed a temporary gate to the Umpqua Hot Springs near Toketee.
That location is just past the junction of Forest Roads 34 and 3401. Mark Turney of the Forest Service said anyone wanting to visit Umpqua Hot Springs must be prepared to hike, ski, or snowshoe approximately 1.5 miles to the trailhead and then another steep quarter-mile of snowy trail to access the pools.
Turney said the closure comes at the request of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Toketee residents to reduce adverse impacts on DCSO and Search and Rescue personnel. The closure is to prevent vehicles from getting stuck on the road. Turney said closing the gate addresses public safety by limiting vehicle access to a parking area at the junction of the two roads.
Call the Toketee Ranger Station at 541-498-2531 for more information.