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Great singletrack along the east shore of Applegate Lake.


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Map Key

8.2

Miles

13.1

KM

Point to Point

2,204' 672 m

High

1,972' 601 m

Low

586' 179 m

Up

773' 236 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

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 singletrack, with occasional sections of wider, grown-in, old road cuts. When the lake is low, there is some limited exposure to a 150 foot 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.

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Peter Carse

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#366

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#11,886

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Drought-stricken lake from Payette Trail
Aug 21, 2017 near Williams, OR
Collings Mountain above Applegate Lake
Dec 11, 2017 near Williams, OR
French Gulch (at full pool) from the end of the Payette Trail.
Dec 19, 2020 near Williams, OR
French Gulch (at full pool) from the Payette Trail.
Dec 19, 2020 near Williams, OR
Along the Payette Trail
Aug 21, 2017 near Williams, OR
Applegate Lake (at full pool) from the Payette Trail.
Dec 19, 2020 near Williams, OR

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Mar 21, 2021
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Used Witcome Trail to make a loop
Feb 22, 2021
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Between Osprey and Calsh Trails
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Jan 26, 2017
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Great trail for winter/spring hiking. Connects with several shorter loop hike options on the Latgawa Peninsula.
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