Outdoor Study Area Trails - Prospectors Loop Trail
This is a 1.6 mile loop offering views of Applegate Lake and surrounding mountains. Starting at Dagelma Trailhead, pass through a pedestrian stile on the right at the far end of the parking area. The trail climbs steadily for 0.2 miles to a ridgetop, then begins a short descent to the junction with Sinns Bar Trail #972. The Prospector Loop trail continues to the left at this junction and traverses a hillside offering good views of the surrounding mountains. The trail winds its way through a mixed conifer forest before reaching the junction with Osprey Trail #973. Stay to the left and return to the parking area. Evidence of past mining activity may be seen along the trail. Shallow exploration holes were dug in the early 1900s in search of mercury and copper ore.