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Collings Mountain Trail #943

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 2.8 (4)

A sturdy climb and somewhat gentler descent with views of the Siskiyou Mountains and Applegate Lake.


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6.2

Miles

10.0

KM

Point to Point

3,493' 1,065 m

High

2,012' 613 m

Low

1,828' 557 m

Up

1,771' 540 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Description

Make a loop with this trail by utilizing the paved Applegate road, or Da-Ku-Be-Te-De.
As described, you'll encounter a shorter, steeper climb combined with a longer descent.

From the trailhead across the road from Hart-tish picnic and boat launch area, the trail drops down to beautiful, shaded Grouse Creek, making a couple crossings as it follows it upstream.

A short detour can be made about .75 miles up the trail to an abandoned (and now completely collapsed) miner's cabin and inactive Bigfoot trap, which is located about 200 yards uphill to the west of the trail - just follow the obvious use trail.

Leaving the creek, the trail climbs steeply, gaining 1,000 feet in elevation in about a mile.
From the ridgetop, a short descent is followed by a traverse along the west side and another short climb to the high point which is just SW of the summit of Collings Mountain.
Along the way, enjoy excellent panoramic views of the Applegate Lake and the Siskiyou Crest abound.

From the high point, descend steadily for 3 miles to Watkins Campground. The last 0.5 mile of trail passes through the 62 acre Watkins fire that burned in 1981.

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Peter Carse

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  2.8 from 4 votes

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Fall colors along the Collings Mountain Trail
May 30, 2020 near Williams, OR
View Northwest from Collings Mountain
Aug 29, 2017 near Williams, OR
View of Little Greyback Mountain, Applegate Lake, and Dutchman Peak (with snow) from the Collings Mountain Trail
May 30, 2020 near Williams, OR
View of Little Greyback Mountain and Applegate Lake from the Collings Mountain Trail
May 30, 2020 near Williams, OR
On the south end of the Collings Mountain Trail
May 30, 2020 near Williams, OR
Bigfoot Trap
Nov 17, 2017 near Williams, OR

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Dec 9, 2019
Bruce Hope
Mar 26, 2019
greg M
Oct 25, 2018
Bruce Hope
Dec 17, 2016
Bruce Hope
A no- to low-snow option for good winter exercise but few views. Combine with Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail to make a loop. Easier done clockwise.
Jan 3, 2015
Bruce Hope