Middle Fork Applegate

The Middle Fork National Recreation Trail is a beautiful hike or horseback ride that follows the Middle Fork of the Applegate River.

photo: Middle Fork of the Applegate River

Length: 5.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
     Lower 2 miles generally snow free March 1 thru Dec 1

Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - Off leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips

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Location: Backcountry and wilderness on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest southwest of Applegate Lake. Accessed from Whiskey Creek Road at Sweaty Gulch Trail.
State(s): California
Counties: Siskiyou
Longitude: -123.20798
Latitude: 41.974

Driving Directions

Road 1035 Trailhead: From Applegate Ranger Station drive south on Upper Applegate Road 13 miles to the junction with Carberry Creek Road. (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.


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 trailhead on the 1035 road 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/Cameron Meadows Trailhead.

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.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 2,860
Elevation High Point: 4,200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Steve Johnson
Recreation Specialist
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Applegate Ranger District
69451 Upper Applegate Rd.
Jacksonville, OR 97530
(541) 899-3800
[email protected]



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