Scouting the Oregon Applegate Trail 1-22-21

Photos by Jerry

Last Friday Liz, Jerry and I fed our curiosity about the wagon train route into Jackson county. We had previously discovered a yellow marker on Highway 66 across from the Greensprings Spur turnoff to Songer Gap. Then Liz gave us all brochures about the Applegate Trail and the 14 markers placed by the Southern Oregon Historical Society in the 1970s.

The three overlapping wagon routes meandered on either side of Highway 66.
We searched for the markers in our SUVs starting from Rite Aid. The first we found was #14 in the brochure at the corner for the turnoff to Emigrant Lake Dam. Some of the others weren't so easy to find and took us past the Greensprings Summit to the Jackson/Klamath county line.

It became more of an adventure as we got higher in the mountains and started to run into snow and ice. Some of the markers were off of 66 on Buckhorn Road and Tyler Creek Road and some were on private dirt roads. And some we decided were covered in snow. We found and photographed 8 of the 14 markers and used our fingers to indicate the number of the markers on the trail map.

We got to stretch our legs at Tub Springs State Park where there was a loop trail that showed part of the old wagon route set down by Jesse Applegate and his pioneer friends.

Near the end of our search with the freezing and approaching snow we decided to call it a fun day's adventure and head home.

This could be a fun off day event post Covid for local history buffs and would include a few short hikes in the search.

Rich Stickle

Ashland Hiking Home

01-Applegate Trail Mk 14.jpg
01-Applegate Trail Mk 14.jpg
02-Applegate Trail Mk 14a.jpg
02-Applegate Trail Mk 14a.jpg
03-Applegate Trail Mk 13.jpg
03-Applegate Trail Mk 13.jpg
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04-Applegate Trail Mk 13a.jpg
05-Applegate Trail Mk 12.jpg
05-Applegate Trail Mk 12.jpg
06-Applegate Trail Mk 10.jpg
06-Applegate Trail Mk 10.jpg
07-Applegate Trail Mk 10a.jpg
07-Applegate Trail Mk 10a.jpg
08-Applegate Trail Mk 9.jpg
08-Applegate Trail Mk 9.jpg
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09-Applegate Trail Mk 9a.jpg
10-Applegate Trail Mk 8(No sign).jpg
10-Applegate Trail Mk 8(No sign).jpg
11-Applegate Trail Mk 6.jpg
11-Applegate Trail Mk 6.jpg
12-Applegate Trail Mk 5(Tubb Sprgs).jpg
12-Applegate Trail Mk 5(Tubb Sprgs).jpg
13-Applegate Trail Mk 5.jpg
13-Applegate Trail Mk 5.jpg
14-Applegate Trail Mk 4.jpg
14-Applegate Trail Mk 4.jpg
15-Applegate Trl Bklt 1(Ash).jpg
15-Applegate Trl Bklt 1(Ash).jpg
16-Applegate Trl Bklt 2(Ash).jpg
16-Applegate Trl Bklt 2(Ash).jpg
17-Applegate Trl Bklt 3(Ash).jpg
17-Applegate Trl Bklt 3(Ash).jpg
18-Applegate Trl Bklt 4(Ash).jpg
18-Applegate Trl Bklt 4(Ash).jpg