July 10, 2016
The name of this trail may sound like a line from The Sound of Music being sung by Julie Andrews, but it was actually named after a band of Native Americans who lived in the Applegate Valley. Either way, the word "trail" meant it was time for another hike!
|Time for another good long hike!|
Having hiked the previous Sunday and Wednesday for a combined 16+ miles, we decided to take advantage of the mild & smoke-free summer weather and try out the Da-Ku-Be-Te-De trail, one of the few trails at Applegate Lake that we have not hiked.
|One of many views of Applegate Lake from the trail|
|Hartish Day Use Area /Boat launch. Campground is just past the parking area|
|Sign along the trail at the campground|
|Beach area at Hartish Campground - Katie took a dip at the end of our hike!|
As you may notice in the pictures, the day was very cloudy and the temperature was in the upper 60's- very rare for July in Southern Oregon. Although the trail does have areas with lots of tree coverage, we would not recommend you hike this trail on a very hot and sunny day. When reading up on this hike, words like "ticks", "rattlesnakes" and "poison oak" stood out to us, but only poison oak was seen on our hike and that we made sure to avoid. We did see bear scat, but no bears. Twice on our hike we startled a group of deer but we able to get one to pose for a picture.
|One of our "deer" friends|
|Katie at Watkins Campground looking for a good dirty place to roll.|
|One of the "open" portions of the trail|
|Wide angle view of Applegate Lake|
Just a side note, since we hiked over 26 miles in one week, we celebrated afterwards by getting Double-Doubles at In-N-Out Burgers afterwards. But we won't torture you by posting a picture of them. Oh the rewards of hiking!!!
Glenn & Carol