Beginning at the Dagelma Trailhead, four trails extend throughout the Outdoor Study Area. These relatively short trails range in length from 0.6 to 1.6 miles. When used in conjunction with the Payette Trail #970, several loop opportunities are available. Excellent views of Applegate Lake and the surrounding vicinity may be seen at various locations. Drinking water is not available.
CALSH TRAIL #971 - This trail is 0.7 miles in length and connects to the Payette Trail near Latgawa Campground. Starting at the Dagelma Trailhead, pass through the pedestrian stile at the far end of the parking lot. The trail takes off to the right and begins a moderate descent through a mature Douglas Fir forest. This trail offers good views of Applegate Dam.
SINNS BAR TRAIL #972 - This is a 0.8 mile trail connecting the Prospectors Loop Trail with the Payette Trail. From the Dagelma Trailhead, take the Prospectors Loop to the right and follow it for 0.6 miles to the Sinns Bar Trail. The trail begins a short moderate descent through a large stand of ponderosa pine, offering views of Applegate Lake. The trail ends on the Payette Trail, 0.8 miles from the Latgawa Campground. Sinns Bar is named after a Chinese prospector who mined the gravel bars along the Applegate River during the Gold Rush years of the 1850's and 1860's.
OSPREY TRAIL #973 - This trail is 0.6 miles long and extends from the Dagelma Trailhead to the Payette Trail above the Squaw Arm of Applegate Lake. The trail begins on the left side of the parking area and follows the Prospectors Loop Trail for 400 feet before reaching the Osprey Trail junction on the left. The trail begins a gentle to moderate descent through a mixed conifer forest of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white pine, changing to a beautiful forest of oak, madrone and Manzanita. After 0.2 miles, the trail follows an old road to its junction with Payette Trail. Beware of Poison Oak which is common along the trail.
PROSPECTORS LOOP TRAIL #974 - This is a 1.6 mile loop offering views of Applegate Lake and the surrounding mountains. Starting at the 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. The loop then continues to the left 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 the Osprey Trail. Stay to the left and return to the parking area.
Directions from Ruch: Travel south on County Road 859 eight miles past the Star Ranger Station to the Applegate Dam. Turn left, crossing the dam, and drive three miles on Squaw Creek Road #1075 to the Dagelma Trailhead. No facilities are available other than off-road parking in the paved parking lot.Two trailheads are located at Dagelma. The trailhead to the right of the parking lot leads to the Calsh, Sinns Bar and Prospector Loop trails. The trail head to the left leads to the Osprey and Prospector Loop trails. If hiking the Prospectors Loop Trail, it is best to take the trail to the right and return on the left side of the loop. This makes for less climbing and more downhill travel!