ElevationAscent: 1,192' 363 m
Descent: -1,181' -360 m
High: 2,217' 676 m
Low: 1,972' 601 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
Popular rides nearby
Cook and Green Trail
14.2 mi 22.8 km • Loop • 2,392 ft Ascent 729.21 m Ascent
Sturgis Fork TH to Bigelow Overlook
5.7 mi 9.2 km • Out and Back • 1,247 ft Ascent 380.13 m Ascent
Bear Gulch - Tunnel Ridge Loop
4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 729 ft Ascent 222.16 m Ascent
Wagner Creek Loops (including Chucks Chips & PBR)
28.3 mi 45.6 km • Loop • 5,288 ft Ascent 1611.88 m Ascent
Jacksonville Forest Park
10.4 mi 16.7 km • Loop • 2,054 ft Ascent 626.16 m Ascent
5.1 mi 8.2 km • Loop • 832 ft Ascent 253.45 m Ascent
“Beautiful, flowing, well maintained singletrack around Applegate Lake.”— Peter Carse
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Generally below the snow line, and above the valley fog, this year-round ride is also rarely muddy thanks to predominately DG soils. This is a smooth, forested cross-country singletrack that follows the shoreline with some beautiful lake views and even opportunities to 'dive in' on those hot muggy summer days. It's best to do this ride early morning in summer.
Need to Know
Da-Ku-Be-Te-De ends at Watkins Campground. Turn south here on the paved Applegate Road and follow it to the end of the lake to Seattle Bar. Here, turn left on a small gravel road (Manzanita Road). Within a couple hundred feet, the Stein Butte Trail heads up the hill on your right. Continue on Manzanita Road for 1-3/4 miles, gaining 250 feet, to a sharp turn in the road where you turn left on Payette singletrack trail.
Payette starts with a downhill run, then resumes the swooping contouring, heading north along the east shore of the lake. There are occasional junctions with feeder trails in the vicinity of walk-in campgrounds and a short section of gravel two-track near Squaw Creek. Three-quarters of a mile before you reach the French Gulch trailhead parking, pay attention to a signed intersection: a couple of dead-end trails go left here out to a peninsula.
When you reach the paved road at the northern end of Payette, go left for a little over a mile, crossing the dam back to your starting point.
Local Club: Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association
Feb 18, 2020: Advocacy Alert!
Jan 6, 2020: 2019 RVMBA Treasury Report
Land Manager: USFS - Rogue River & Siskiyou Nat. Forest Office