East Applegate Ridge Trail (Oregon) 11-Oct-2019

I first hiked the then new East Applegate Ridge Trail (East ART) in late 2017. The LovedOne couldn’t join me then due to pressing fiber projects (there’s a pun in here somewhere). Today was, however, a sweet spot for her between the library and the fiber, so we were off to enjoy the East ART in absolutely perfect hiking weather. 🙂 One thing I love about this trail – in addition to its great views – is its passage through a variety of our signature plant communities. Oak woodland, pine forest, madrone forest, grassy meadows, buckbrush thickets, alluringly colorful poison oak – this trail has them all.

I had hiked it as a 10-mile out-and-back from the upper trailhead, which necessitated a climb back. 😦 But with the recent completion of the lower trailhead off Highway 238, we were able to do a shuttle and hike one-way downhill. 🙂 This allowed us to focus on the wonderful views of the Applegate Valley and its surrounding peaks. And make it to Jacksonville in time for lunch. 😛 Maybe not the most arduous of hikes but a heck of a good one nonetheless. And judging from the width and compaction of the tread, and the cars parked in the lots, a pretty popular one too! 😀

The LovedOne ponders the hiking instructions at the upper parking lot
The oaks were tinged with their Fall colors
The Bishop Creek drainage and the Applegate Valley
Through some towering madrones…
Then some changing oaks (to the thump of falling acorns…)
And into the open…
A lone pine along the trail
The Applegate Valley
Local peaks: Whiskey Peak (W.), Mount Baldy (MB), Negro Ben Mountain (NB), Grayback Mountain (G), Tallowbox Mountain (TB)
The Wellington Wildlands: Wellington Butte (WB) and Mount Isabelle (MI)
Leaving the views for a pine forest
Across open ground
Birdwatching along the trail
Crossing the divide into the drainage north of Buckhorn Gulch
Descending through Fall colors
Descending, with the Wellington Wildlands on the horizon
More color along the trail
The new lower parking lot 🙂
Our shuttle-facilitated hike down the East ART
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  1. We did an out and back 10 miler at the E-ART last week. We started at the new trailhead off 238 so that the climbing was at the start of our hike. Shuttle hiking is cheating 🙂

    1. I did the 10 mile version the first time but we weren’t up for that this time. Being able to easily shuttle – now that there are two parking lots to accommodate it – allowed us the option of a shorter way to enjoy this great trail. But, yes, I felt cheated, so I carried a sack of cement around the backyard for an hour after we got home to make up for it. 😉 😉 🙂

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