Collings Mountain Loop (Applegate Lake) 25-Oct-2018

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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4 thoughts on “Collings Mountain Loop (Applegate Lake) 25-Oct-2018

  1. That is a nice trail. I did it 2 and half years ago — and I was the last one to find that geocache on Collings Mtn. It doesn’t get a lot of visitors! Nice to see that you take in some geocaching breaks. I really enjoy combining the two hobbies of hiking and caching. Takes me to places I sometimes wouldn’t have found otherwise. I really enjoy getting your almost daily hiking reports. Well written and lots of pictures! I have to get out a little more often and try to find some of your trails. Thanks for sharing your passion for hiking.

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    1. Thank you for letting us know you like our posts. Geocaching is a recent addition to the hiking passion. But you’re right, it can take you to new & neat places. Just wish I’d known there was a cache on top of Red Butte the one time I hiked up there! 🙄

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    1. We parked at the Collings Mountain Trailhead sign almost directly across from the entrance to Hart-Tish. There’s room for about 2-3 cars along the side of the road. The gate to Hart-Tish is closed – I’m guessing it’s closed for the season. We’ve seen people park here too – being careful not to block the gate. You can also park at the Swayne Viewpoint (a real parking lot), which is where the Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail actually starts. But this adds 1.2 miles round-trip to your hike. All the trails are very obvious and easy to follow.

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