Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon

The Collings Mountain Trail (USFS #943) is one of several trails near Applegate Lake that offer hikers a low-elevation option in the winter months.  We last hiked it in late 2016. Today seemed like a good day to do it again, what with some weather (rain ❤ ) finally predicted to be heading our way. Thanks to persistent drought conditions, Applegate Lake is currently almost 100 feet below full pool. We combined the #943 with the Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail (USFS #940), which traverses the western shore of the lake between Hart-tish Park and Watkins Campground, to make a nice 10.6 mile, 1,700-foot gain loop. We found two geocaches along the way but didn’t stop to linger at the world famous (we hope) Bigfoot Trap!

Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Morning on the Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Mixed clouds and sun over a very low Applegate Lake
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Applegate Lake noir
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Applegate Lake a winter drawdown (100+ feet below full pool)
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Along the Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
The Red Buttes above the south end of the lake
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Along the Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail near the Copper Boat Ramp
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Climbing the Collings Mountain Trail
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Looking west past Little Grayback Mountain (L) from the #943
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Descending the Collings Mountain Trail
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
The world famous Bigfoot Trap 🐻
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Lake Oregon
Fall color along the Collings Mountain Trail
Collings Mountain Trail Applegate Valley Oregon
Hiking the Collings Mountain Loop
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