ElevationAscent: 759' 231 m
Descent: -959' -292 m
High: 2,217' 676 m
Low: 1,969' 600 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
Current trail conditions
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“Great singletrack along the east shore of Applegate Lake.”— Peter Carse
To find the south end of the trail, turn north on a small gravel road across from Seattle Bar and go 1.8 miles to a sharp turn in the Manzanita Creek road. There is a sign for the trail here, and limited parking. The northern end has ample trailhead parking and is signed "French Gulch Trailhead."
Other than a short section of small gravel road in the vicinity of Squaw Creek, Payette is all fun singletrack, with occasional sections of wider, grown-in, old road cuts. When the lake is low, there is some limited exposure to a 150' drop as the trail traverses across steep slopes. Pay attention to junctions along the way: generally you stay parallel to the lake, but beware of sucker trails heading out to a dead-end peninsula 3/4 of a mile from the French Gulch parking area.
Local Club: Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association
May 13, 2019: Write now to support beginner trail in Outer Lithia Park
Apr 17, 2019: Kids MTB Clinic (April 28)
Land Manager: USFS - Rogue River & Siskiyou Nat. Forest Office
May 14, 2019: Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX)