Payette Trail For Mountain Biking

The 44th most popular mountain bike trail in Oregon.

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Near Jacksonville in the Rogue River National Forest, the Payette Trail (#970 / 9.2 mi.) parallels the eastern shoreline of Applegate Lake, contouring just above the reservoirs high-water level. Several connecting trails provide opportunities for alternate loops. Additionally, three walk-in campgrounds are found along themountain bike route including Latgawa, Harr Point, and Tipsu Tyee. The camping facilities have restrooms, picnic tables and fire grills. Water is not available in the campgrounds or on the trail. Poison oak is prolific along the trail and an occasional rattlesnake may be seen. Beginning at French Gulch Campground, the trail contours above the French Arm of Applegate Lake. Passing through a mixed conifer and hardwood forest, the trail continues along the shoreline for 4.5 miles to the mouth of Squaw Arm. Here the trail intersects a fire road, and follows the road east for 1/4 mile to the Squaw Arm parking area. From the parking area, follow the stock driveway south for 400 feet to rejoin the Payette Trail on the right. From this location, Harr Point Campground is 0.5 miles, Tipsu Tyee Campground 1.5 miles, and Manzanita Trailhead 6 miles. Good views of Applegate Lake, and Kinney and Collings Mountains are offered on this section of trail, ending at Manzanita Trailhead. Vine maple, black oak, and madrone become the predominant tree species. This would be a good section of trail to view autumn colors!

Overall, Payette Trail is the 44th most popular mountain bike trail of all 56 mountain biking rides in Oregon. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Payette Trail including Fort Clinch State Park, Middle Fork Trail, Stein Butte Trail, Little Talbot Island State Park and Holloway Loop.


Local Contact(s):  RRNF (503) 858-2200; Oregon Tourism (800) 547-7842.

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Base Camp:  NFS French Gulch C.G.

Luxury Loding:  Weasku Inn (800) 493-2758

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/18/2016

ID:  6352


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