Latgawa Peninsula Loop (Applegate Lake) 22-Feb-2021

Most of the geographic features at Applegate Lake (actually a reservoir) don’t have official (USGS) names but some have local names. A peninsula, bounded to the north by French Gulch (official name) and to the south by Squaw Creek Arm (local name), juts out from the east side of the lake. I’ve taken to calling this the Latgawa Peninsula simply because there’s a campsite (actually just a flat spot next to the trail) on it by that name. The USGS spells it “Latgawa” but the Forest Service’s opportunity guide spells it “Latagawa” (and shows the campsite as a trailhead, which it’s not unless you have a boat or want to walk across a mud flat at low water). All this cartographic wizardry aside, the peninsula does harbor some pleasant, low-altitude trails ideal for a winter leg stretch.

The LovedOne was feeling a little down today – the pandemic is weighing on her as it is on all of us. But it was, after a period of gloomy weather, forecast to be a sunny day. No better natural medicine for the blahs than a good walk in the sunshine. 😎 We set off from the Dagelma Trailhead (which is actually a trailhead), circled the Prospector’s Loop Trail, dropped down the Osprey Trail to the Payette Trail, followed that around the peninsula to the Calsh Trail, and took that back up to the trailhead for 5.5 miles (8.9 km) with a mere 500 feet (152 m) of gain. It was a good walk and The LovedOne was revived to the point where we added a bonus trail, the Gin Lin, on the way home. 🙂

Visualize the pandemic
Applegate Lake from the viewpoint on the Sinns Bar Trail
Squaw Creek Arm from the Payette Trail
Spring Gold – among the first wildflowers to appear in the Spring 🙂
Squaw Creek Arm with Bearwallow Ridge on the horizon
Water level changes sculpt the banks
The main lake with Stricklin Butte in the distance
On the Payette Trail
Around the peninsula – camera symbol is the Sinns Bar Trail viewpoint, (F) is French Gulch, (S) is Squaw Creek Arm
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