Payette Trail - Applegate Lake 2-1-16

As we approached the Applegate Dam, a road crew was at work clearing the debris from a landslide.  Fortunately, one lane was still open, so we were able to reach the trailhead.  The debris clearance work was still going on when we returned four hours later.

Four people started out at the Manzanita trailhead in very cool conditions on the shaded side of Applegate Lake,  The others were presumably recovering from the annual group get-together the previous evening at Mike and Gladys Sansons' home.  The get-together was terminated after two hours by an urgent need on the part of most participants to get home in time to see the latest episode of Downton Abbey.

The lake was still very low, but it was a treat to see the snow-covered peaks of the Siskiyous.  We stopped for lunch on a sunny slope above the lake when we reached the first picnic bench.  We don't know whether this was Hank's Point, because none of us was present at the naming of that particular feature.

Shortly before we got back to the trailhead, we were passed by a runner, who, believe it or not, was probably older than any of us.  He waved to us when we drove by him later on Elliott Creek Road, so we can only surmise that he was doing a complete circuit around the lake.  This would be less than a marathon but somewhat more than half a marathon. Pretty impressive.

Refreshments at Boomtown in Jacksonville.

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