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Applegate Lake

  • Length:
    45.2 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Jacksonville, Medford
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Lake Views, Rural, Wildlife Views

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Start south on OR-238 W/Medford-Provolt Hwy 7.6 miles (12270 meters)
Turn left onto Upper Applegate Rd 4.4 miles (7073 meters)
Slight right to stay on Eastside Rd 4.8 miles (7722 meters)
Turn left on Applegate Rd/Upper Applegate Rd 5.8 miles (9271 meters)
Head north on Applegate Rd/Upper Applegate Rd 5.7 miles (9209 meters)
Slight right onto Eastside Rd 4.8 miles (7766 meters)
Turn right onto Upper Applegate Rd 4.4 miles (7073 meters)

The ride to Applegate Lake and back is possible at just about any time of the year. It’s a beautiful ride, generally starting in Jacksonville, climbing for roughly two miles and 500 feet before dropping back down to the Applegate Valley. From here on the ride cruises through the pastoral and frequently spectacular valley until it reaches the usual turnaround point at the top of the dam. Ride length starting in Jacksonville is about 45 miles following the traditional out-and-back route, with a little more than 2,000 cumulative feet of climbing. The pavement continues for the length of the lake and is actually very nice riding. If you cross the dam, the pavement continues for a couple miles with a good 400-foot climb and a good view of the lake.

About This Ride:
Aside from the opening climb, and the grade to the top of the dam, the road is never steep. Between Ruch and the lake, the road gradually climbs, but the grade is barely noticable. If you would like a longer trip, you can climb Cady Road directly out of Jacksonville and follow Sterling Creek and Little Applegate Roads. Otherwise this is a simple out-and-back route following Highway 238 to Ruch and following Upper Applegate Road to the dam.

Rides may start anywhere in the valley and proceed to Jacksonville. Once you get to Jacksonville, follow 238 until Ruch. Turn left and continue to the lake.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Moderate to heavy near town; less so later on

Seasons: All

This ride brought to you by Siskiyou Velo.


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