I-5 Trail

Oregon

I-5 Trail Facts

States: Oregon
Counties: Douglas
Length: 4.1 miles
Trail end points: NW Garden Valley Blvd. (Roseburg) and Carnes Rd. (Green)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7893358
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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I-5 Trail Description

The I-5 Trail is available in two disconnected segments that are roughly equivalent in size with each being about 2 miles long.

The northern segment begins in Roseburg’s busy shopping area along Garden Valley Boulevard and heads south along the interstate and into the pleasant tree cover of Riverfront Park. There, you can hop on the Roseburg Park Loop to visit several of the city's other parks, or cross the South Umpqua River and continue on the main trail as it skirts along Roseburg High School. The trail winds along the river, nestled between the water and I-5, separated from the interstate by a wide grassy slope and trees. The paved pathway ends just north of the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

After a short gap, the southern segment picks up on the southwest side of the fairgrounds. Here, you can visit the Douglas County Museum, which shares both the natural history of the Umpqua River Valley and the story of the region’s people. The trail continues south along the river, crossing it once just more before ending in the small community of Green.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the south end of the trail at the Douglas County Fairgrounds (2110 SW Frear Street) and the Douglas County Museum (123 Museum Drive).

I-5 Trail Reviews

The TrailBear has been meaning to ride this trail for years. He surveyed trails in Roseburg for RTC some seasons back, but never this one. So... this time on the fall migration we stopped and TB headed off on his trike.

Nice trail: wide, good blacktop. Scenic views of the river going up the hill. Scenic views of the freeway can be had both going and coming. Face it. It's a commuter trail. Riding along a freeway is said to have it's joys - but limited ones.

The trail head for this one is the parking area at the fairgrounds, close to the museum. Restrooms and water are in the RR building across from the campground there (Yes, on trail camping with hookups.).

Head south and you have the river on the left and the freeway on the right. Then you get to climb Mistletoe Hill. This worked better on the trike - you don't fall over at low speed and you can pause to Admire the Scenery as needed.

Mistletoe Lane is the top of the grade and about the half way. From here the trail heads down the back of the hill and dives under the freeway bridge in the distance.

It has it's own bridge below the freeway and comes to an end on the far bank at the end of Cairns Road at 43.167383° x -123.368066°. This puts you in a delightful industrial area in a little community called Green.

Now you can turn around and climb Mistletoe Hill. TB was doing 23.8 mph coasting down. Enjoy.

Trike on!

TrailBear
Pausing to Admire the Scenery

This trail also continues South from Douglas Fair grounds between I-5 and the Umpqua River, on very good surface, to end after crossing the River on a suspended Bridge under South bound I-5. Noel Keller Jul 7,2014

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