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Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail #940

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

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


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Point to Point

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 Leashed

Features Lake · Swimming · Views

This trail is open year-round. Applegate Reservoir is designed so that its water level rises and falls in response to rain - the lake is at full pool usually only between June and September. Parking is free at Swayne Viewpoint. Parking (for a fee) is available at Hart-Tish Campground when it is open, which is only during the summer months.

Description

This trail is easily done 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 #943. 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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  3.8 from 5 votes

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Trail over looking lake, water level extremely low.
Jan 17, 2021 near Williams, OR
Along Da-Ku-Be-Te-De.
Oct 4, 2017 near Williams, OR
Washout
Mar 26, 2019 near Williams, OR
Da-Ku-Be-Te-De and Applegate Lake in the fall.
Oct 4, 2017 near Williams, OR

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Jan 17, 2021
Courtney McAra
LOVELY! well maintained, limited traffic. day. Lots of small undulatin hills, none particularly steep or difficult but after 3 hours definitely sore! 8.8mi — 3h 00m
Dec 18, 2020
Bruce Hope
Dec 9, 2019
Bruce Hope
Mar 26, 2019
Greg M
Oct 25, 2018
Bruce Hope
Trail good. Lake is very low this year.
Dec 17, 2016
Bruce Hope
Done as a loop with the Collings Mtn Trail. Nice views out over the lake and of the Red Buttes.