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Mule Creek Trail

 2 votes

Length

4.2 Miles 6.7 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

348' 106 m

Ascent

-2,031' -619 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

3,972' 1,211 m

High

1,941' 592 m

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Challenging trail in a wild setting.

Peter Carse

Overview

Description

This trail follows Mule Creek through dense forest in the Siskiyou Mountains near Applegate Lake. Recommended direction of travel is downhill (E-W), although it certainly has been ascended as well.

It is possible to drive to the upper end of the trail via forest roads 2010 and 300, or Mule Creek may be ridden as part of a loop by ascending the Little Greyback Trail, or the Mule Mountain Trail. Using Mule Mountain is more straightforward in terms of parking, but is a more difficult ascent than Little Greyback.

In any event, once you have arrived at the top of the trail at 3960' on the Hanley Cr / Mule Creek divide, the steep descent begins immediately and continues for 3.25 miles at an average grade of 11%. The trail has many rough sections with roots, rocks, and stream crossings, and it is recommended to check recent conditions as the undergrowth can get pretty thick.

At the low point of the trail at 1950', merge briefly with a smooth doubletrack but watch for the continuation of the Mule Creek singletrack heading up the hill on your right. This final portion of the trail gains 350' in 3/4 mile as it winds up the south-facing slope through oak, manzanita, and mountain mahogany to meet the Mule Mountain Trail on the ridge top, a little over a half a mile from its trailhead on the Applegate Lake road.

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Mar 14, 2017
zach schneider
This trail should be deleted. DO NOT RIDE IT. Looks like no one has used it in years. At least 30 downed trees.

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The trail is very overgrown with lots of down logs and debris on the trail. This trail has potential but I would not recomend riding it until some significant trail work has been done. The Mule Mountain trail is in much better shape overall. Sep 2, 2016

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