Middle Fork National Recreation Trail #950

  

The Middle Fork National Recreation Trail (NRT) is a beautiful hike or horseback ride that follows the Middle Fork of the Applegate River. This trail offers opportunities for swimming in the emerald pools of the river, fishing for brook trout, or picnicking along the rivers edge. While several springs are found along the trail, the water sources have not been tested and may be unsafe to drink. Water treatment is recommended. This is a good hike to view brilliant autumn colors!

The upper section of this trail is not recommended for horse use due to the narrow tread and rocky creek crossings. The Road 1035 Trailhead provides the best access for a horse back rider with reasonable turnaround room for vehicles with trailers. Beginning on Forest Service Road 1035, the trail passes through lush fern grottos, unique pothole formations and deep swimming holes. The forest displays a mixed deciduous stand of alder, dogwood and big leaf maple. After 3.4 miles the trail crosses Forest Service road 1040 at the Frog Pond Trailhead which accesses both Frog Pond / Cameron Meadows Trail #953 and Middle Fork National Recreation Trail #950.

The upper section of the trail is within the Red Buttes Wilderness for approximately 0.5 miles. The forest changes dramatically to mixed stands of old growth Douglas-fir, white fir, incense cedar, and ponderosa pine. Huckleberry, hazelnut, and vine maple form a dense understory. The trail ends on Forest Service road 1040-600 at Bean Gulch Trailhead.

Difficulty: More Difficult.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 03/15/2013: No current conditions report available.
Open Season: April
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Red Buttes Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Applegate, OR; Seiad Valley, CA
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:
Directions:

Road 1035 Trailhead:  From Applegate, Oregon drive east on Highway 238 for 6 miles. Then go right onto Hamilton Road and follow for 2 miles and take a right onto Upper Applegate Road. Follow Upper Applegate Road for about 17 miles. Just after crossing the Carberry Bridge over Applegate Lake turn left and continue 1.5 miles to the junction of Forest Service road 1040 and 1050. This junction is a wide spot in a gravel road just south of the California state line. Turn right on to road 1040 follow for 5 miles to the junction with road 1035. Continue straight ahead on to road 1035 and proceed 0.1 miles to the trailhead sign and large parking area on the left.

Frog Pond/Cameron Meadows Trailhead: Follow directions as above to junction of Forest Service roads 1040 and 1050. Turn right on Forest Service road 1040 and follow for 12 miles to the "Frog Pond Trailhead" sign and bulletin board. The Middle Fork NRT may be accessed above or below the small turnout on the road.

Bean Gulch Trailhead: Follow the directions stated above to the junctions of Forest Service Roads 1040 and 1050. Turn right on Forest Service Road 1040 and follow for 14 miles to the junction with Spur Road 600. Turn left and drive 0.2 mile to the trailhead at the end of the road.


Directions:

Road 1035 Trailhead

From Applegate, Oregon drive east on Highway 238 for 6 miles. Then go right onto Hamilton Road and follow for 2 miles and take a right onto Upper Applegate Road. Follow Upper Applegate Road for about 17 miles. Just after crossing the Carberry Bridge over Applegate Lake turn left and continue 1.5 miles to the junction of Forest Service road 1040 and 1050. This junction is a wide spot in a gravel road just south of the California state line. Turn right on to road 1040 follow for 5 miles to the junction with road 1035. Continue straight ahead on to road 1035 and proceed 0.1 miles to the trailhead sign and large parking area on the left.

From Seiad Valley, CA take Seiad Creek Road north for 12 miles. Then go right on forest Road 1055 and follow for 9.7 miles then go left on Forest Road 1050. Follow Forest Road 1050 for about a mile to the junction of Forest Road 1040 and 1050. This junction is a wide spot in a gravel road just south of the California state line. Turn left on Forest Road 1040 follow for 5 miles to the junction with road 1035. Continue straight ahead on to road 1035 and proceed 0.1 miles to the trailhead sign and large parking area on the left.

Frog Pond/Cameron Meadows Trailhead:

Follow directions as above to junction of Forest Service roads 1040 and 1050. Take Forest Service road 1040 and follow for 12 miles to the "Frog Pond Trailhead" sign and bulletin board. The Middle Fork NRT may be accessed above or below the small turnout on the road.

Bean Gulch Trailhead:

Follow the directions stated above to the junctions of Forest Service Roads 1040 and 1050. Take Forest Service Road 1040 and follow for 14 miles to the junction with Spur Road 600. Turn left and drive 0.2 mile to the trailhead at the end of the road.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  5.7 miles
  Elevation : 
2,860 feet - 4,200 feet range