The Umpqua Hot Springs is mostly unknown and far enough from civilized haunts not to be overused, yet it’s accessible enough for those in the know to enjoy. The springs have been developed with wooden pools and a crude lean-to shelter. It’s best to go midweek, as weekends tend to attract more visitors, forcing you to wait your turn for a soak.
To get here, go north from the Toketee Ranger Station and turn right onto County Road 34, just past the Pacific Power and Light buildings. Proceed down Road 34 past Toketee Lake about 6 miles. When you cross the bridge over Deer Creek, which is clearly signed, you will be a little less than 0.5 miles from the turnoff.
The turnoff is Thorn Prairie Road, to the right, which goes 1 mile and ends at a small parking area. Note that in wet weather this road may be impassable, and it is not recommended for low-slung cars in any season. From the parking area, it’s 0.5 miles down the blocked road to the hot springs trailhead and another 0.5 miles to the pool.