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.

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Applegate, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information


Use Dagelma Trailhead

General Notes:


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.6 miles

  Elevation : 
2,000 feet