Applegate lake Trail - Trail, Applegate, Oregon

Applegate lake Trail - Trail, Applegate, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

It's a cool inderence ride with hills jumps.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 03, 2013]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

FUN & BEAUTIFUL Describe this trial. ........ i ride this 'lake loop' about 2x a month....... BEGINNERS: You can take a beginner on this trail just make sure they have full crash equip, stay in front of a beginner and s-l-o-w down when You come to the water bar - creek crossing - switch back with the accompany sharp elevation change and make them dismount, also be very careful when passing some of the trees as they reach out towards the trail and want to 'touch' you lol........Beginners will also want to 'walk' some of the sections that are real real skinny with a long drop off on the lake side.......Poison Oak is thick at the south east French Gulch trail head side for the 1st mile or so , so it's a good idea to use those pre-contact towelettes and then scrub down with the post contact towelettes from any outdoor store because in the Summer the P-Oak will sometimes slap your exposed arms and ankles ...........INTERMEDIATE This has 'intermediate' written all over it , You can push pretty hard because there us no scary DH or rock gardens, but You can hurt Yourself because of some sections have a S-T-E-E-P cliff like drop off on the down hill / lake side ( just sayin ) it's basically single track XC course........ EXPERTS: Well it's a cake walk for You, a good change of pace from Your usual DH adrenaline rush but i have followed expert riders and they too like the Applegate Lake Loop as an XC fresh air aerobic pump ........ Early in the morning and on week days is best because there are no poodle walkers - bird spocker's or happy campers on the trial....... START: Start from the Seattle Bar far south-east side, You will follow the edge of the lake shore all the way to the far north French Gultch = dam side so You will 1st climb for a half mile once You leave the lake from Seattle Bar then it's all fun from there on, also cell phones have zero reception out here so leave the cell in the truck......PEACE

Similar Products Used:

COOK & GREEN DH : Way up above AppleGate Lake on the Siskiyou south mountain ridge line above of the lake....... C & G has a not very well known single track advanced level DH that starts way up at about 6000ft level on the California side ( Apple Gate Lake is only 1 mile from the CA / OR border )........Drive past Seattle Bar south from the far south end of Apple Gate Lake and when the instant the black top paved road turns into gravel You are now in CA, stay to the right follow the Cook & Green truck trial sign leading to a winding gravel road up for about 35 min ( bumpy ride up ) then look for a pine forested parking - turn out on the right and go west to a single track trial head....... Ask Bill of 'Ashland Mountain Adventures' MTB shuttle service for the details and better directions as he has done trail work on Cook & Green....PEACE

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 23, 2012]
chappy59
Cross Country Rider

Great trail! Has a little bit of everything, not too techinical, but has just enough tricky spots to keep you on the edge of nervous, some really fun rolling hills, and canopy covered downhill. There are a couple washouts to be careful of....one on the backside just past the squaw arm, and a couple on the frontside about midway down the lake. all in all, one of the most complete trails you will find here. Just under 20 miles makes this a good length to tire you out but not totally gas ya for the day. Take a stop at Seattle bar at the end of the lake and take a dip off the bridge, well worth it on a hot July day in Southern Oregon

Customer Service

either way has it's benefits, I like to start at the dam and ride clockwise, get the first half mile of easy pavement to the French Gulch Trailhead. A good way to warm up the legs

Similar Products Used:

Collings Mountain trail, Grouse Loop, Cook and Green

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 28, 2011]
ShastaSteve
Weekend Warrior

This was a really nice ride. The scenery is amazing and it's not too difficult. A few places on the single track get a little hairy just because of the drop off to the lake but that's the fun part of the ride. We rode this trail counter clockwise and that's what I suggest but that's just me. I think clockwise would be more of an uphill battle but to each thier own. All in all it was a great ride.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 10, 2009]
Heather Bratt
Weekend Warrior

Great trail! My husband and I have been mountain biking in Portland and Hood River for several years. The guys at the Grants Pass bike shop on "G" street(great guys!) recommended the Applegate Lake trail to us. There were a few technical spots I had to walk around, but for the most part it is challenging enough to make it worth the drive, yet easy enough to be fun and scenic. We rode in early May, so could not take advantage of the swimming holes(brrr!), but I imagine they would be refreshing on a hot day!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 02, 2008]
kjellterskelter
Weekend Warrior

I really enjoy this trail. I don't think it's too difficult. It's mostly singletrack, with a few climbs, and a few slightly technical sections which are fairly easy to spot, so if you don't think you can manage them, you can walk them (but I always recommend going for it and riding it through). The best thing about this trail is that it's so beautiful, and it's not so difficult that you would miss the scenery.

Customer Service

Clockwise

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 18, 2008]
ezurita2005
Weekend Warrior

This trail is a great Intermediate course. plenty of variety but never to extreme or to boring. Also the trail rides along the edge of the lake and the view is amazing especially in spring and fall. Mostly a shaded trail, so you get a nice cool breeze as your riding.

Customer Service

Clockwise
Start at French Gulch and Payette Trail starts there 9.2 miles one way

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 14, 2007]
tch
Weekend Warrior

Hammered this out today and had a blast. The trail was in good shape given the mid-summer dryness. I started early - 7:30 AM - and it took me 2 1/2 hours to get through it. Speed does not come easily here as there are lots of tight corners with exposure and plenty of water-bar switch backs. This is an awesome trail to work on pedal position in corners and the transferring of weight - I always seem to learn something when I ride this trail. The poison oak was present, but a good scrubbing seems to have allowed me to avoid it. On the west side of the lake there are plenty of overgrown blackberry bushes that like to bite and hide some techy sections.

Customer Service

This is two separate trails; Payette Trail #970 on the east side and Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail #940 on the west side. Gravel and paved road connector between the two. I started at French Gulch parking lot and went clockwise. Next time I'll ride counterclockwise, but CW seems to be the chosen route. CW you have one climb of a couple hundred feet to the gravel road connector. Steep climb after the rolling 9.2 miles on Payette, but it might only be a 1/2 mile long - if that.

Similar Products Used:

There are tons of trails in the Applegate Area. I would highly recommend the Treadmaps, http://www.treadmaps.com/ Southern Oregon" Ashland, Applegate & Brown Mountain maps. Great starting point for Southern Oregon.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 18, 2006]
jcollins2
Weekend Warrior

What an awesome trail. Most of it is single-track with some small creeks, as well as logs to jump. Lots of short ups and downs around the lake. We had to clear a lot of downed tree limbs (December and no snow!).

Customer Service

Turn left from main road and cross the dam. The first campground on your right is a goo(clockwise) most of the way. Be careful in the beginning not to follow too close to the lake or you'll end up on a game trail and have to hike your bike back up a steep hill (someone was kind enough to string up a cable to assist you). Eventually Payette will come to a small bridge. Cross this and keep going. There's a good climb just before the south-eastern most part of the lake. At the top you'll get to then ride down a pretty fast fire road. You'll eventually meet back up with the highway, and then you can either take the trail or highback back along the north side of the lake.

Similar Products Used:

Collings Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 13, 2006]
chrisdabiker
Cross Country Rider

Rolling singletrack with short paved and gravel sections. Only one climb, approx. 100'vert. Nice swimming holes along the way. Takes less than 2hrs if you hammer down.

Customer Service

I like to go CW, seems like the more popular direction so there's less chance of a head-on. To be sure you're on the right trail just stay as close to the lake as possible.

Similar Products Used:

See my site for this and other trails in the area:
http://rvhpa.net/mtbike/

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 04, 2004]
annie
Weekend Warrior

This trail was the first one I have ridden on, and I managed to effectively crash a few times. For me, it was insanely crazy going on this trail for my first time. If I wasn't already a girl it surely would have made one out of me... It was fun though.

Customer Service

clockwise; counterclockwise is extremely difficult.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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