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Flat but interesting singletrack along the west shore of Applegate Lake.


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Map Key

4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Singletrack

2,087' 636 m

High

1,980' 604 m

Low

264' 81 m

Up

236' 72 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

This trail is easily ridden in either direction.

From the Swayne viewpoint parking area near the dam, head south along the west shore of the lake. Occasional rocky stream crossings give this trail the "blue square" component to its rating, but otherwise it is pretty buff: smooth and reasonably flat. When the lake is low, there is some limited exposure to a 150' drop as the trail traverses across steep slopes. The trail is generally well marked.

Within the first 1/2 mile, the Hart-Tish Campground is passed. Here, when in doubt, follow campground trails that follow the contour close to the lake. There is one mowed grassy area with no visible trail, but the trail is easily picked up on the far side. Four miles later, there is an unmarked junction by a wooden footbridge. This is in the vicinity of the Watkins Campground. Go right, uphill, for a short-cut up to the campground, otherwise the lakeside route will bring you to the same point after one switchback.

This trail ends here at Watkins CG. Across the road is the southern terminus of the Collings Mountain Trail. To continue around the lake, follow roads around the south end of the lake to find the start of the Payette Trail.

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Shared By:

Peter Carse

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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#516

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Copper boat ramp
Jun 27, 2014 near Williams, OR
Along Da-Ku-Be-Te-De
Nov 3, 2014 near Williams, OR
Da-Ku-Be-Te-De and Applegate Lake in the fall
Nov 3, 2014 near Williams, OR
Applegate Lake in wetter conditions
Nov 3, 2014 near Williams, OR

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Aug 2, 2017
Adrian Martinez
7.5mi
May 24, 2016
Brady Smith
Rode clockwise from Watkins CG. I disagree about the difficulty doe to a washout and large rocks at stream crossings. Confronted by a bear at TH. — 1h 30m
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