Applegate Trails Association takes you to the Middle Fork

There's no place like the Middle Fork National Recreation Trail on the Middle Fork of the Applegate River – a streamside trail that then turns and meanders uphill through the big trees. An emerald swimming hole with big rocks and a splashing little waterfall is a real treat on a hot hike, and there's lots of shade in the deep forest. The Applegate Trails Association will lead a hike on the Middle Fork Trail on Sunday, August 16. We'll hike to the point where the trail crosses the river, about two miles from the trailhead. There used to be a bridge there, but the Forest Service dismantled it several years ago. If the river is low and the crossing easy, we'll wade or rock-hop across the river, then continue up the hill another mile or so to the end of the trail. If the stream crossing is difficult, we'll stop there. In either case, the return to the trailhead is on the same trail. The entire round-trip hike would be a little less than 7 miles (estimates vary), less than 5 if we turn around at the stream.

This trail is rated "moderate" for difficulty. RSVP the hike leader, Diana Coogle at 541-846-7447 or if you plan to attend. We'll meet at the Applegate Store at 15095 Hwy. 238 at 9:00 am. Wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water, something to eat, and, if desired, something to swim in. Please leave your pets at home. ATA would appreciate a $5 donation at sign-in.


Call of the Wild Tickets

$45 per adult

$10 per child

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Applegate Trails Association (ATA) is to create and preserve non-motorized trails in the Applegate Valley, providing recreational and educational access to public lands while protecting our natural resources. 

Welcome to the Applegate Trails Association

The Applegate Trails Association (ATA) is a non-profit Oregon group formed by community residents to develop a system of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails in the mountains of the Applegate Valley.

ATA is cooperating with public land agencies, community organizations, and private landowners to preserve and connect historic trails for future generations.

Our aim is to conserve our valley’s valuable resources―the land, the views, and the biodiversity―for the non-motorized enjoyment of people of all ages and levels of ability.


Cfertalaria.jpgThe Applegate Ridge Trail

Join us on a hike along the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), our first project. As shown on the map, follow the ridges that overlook the Middle Applegate. Be prepared to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Applegate River Valley, the Rogue River Valley and beyond. Traverse the trail with serenity as you breathe in the refreshing mountain air and delight in the majestic forests that define the Siskiyou Mountains. Enjoy a journey into history as you imagine how Native Americans and pioneers first experienced this land. Lose yourself in reflection as you walk in the beauty above the Applegate Valley.  

The Applegate Ridge Trail will be accessible from various trailheads in the Applegate and Rogue Valleys. Covering a broad range of ecosystems, our premier trail will showcase the rich flora and fauna of the Middle Applegate. With segments of varying lengths, the trail will appeal to trail lovers of all skill levels.

Join Us!

Because you enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and believe in the value of an Applegate trail system, join us in the field. Help us rediscover old trails, build and develop new ones, plan and conduct ATA events, and more. Donations are always appreciated. If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, please call David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or email