A GUIDE TO THE APPLEGATE TRAIL
FROM LASSEN MEADOWS TO GOOSE LAKE
(Third Edition – 2010)
180 pages covering Markers A-1 through A-33
A GUIDE TO THE APPLEGATE TRAIL
FROM GOOSE LAKE TO SOUTHERN OREGON (First Edition – 2011)
123 pages covering Markers A-34 through A-73
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The first guide, A GUIDE TO THE APPLEGATE TRAIL—FROM LASSEN MEADOWS TO GOOSE LAKE, is for the eastern section of the trail and includes information on 46 markers located along this portion. The second guide, A GUIDE TO THE APPLEGATE TRAIL—FROM GOOSE LAKE TO SOUTHERN OREGON, is for the western part of the trail and includes information on 40 markers located along this section.
The following is an example of what is included in each of the guides.
1. Here is an example of the inscription plates that are attached to each marker. (This is a California Trail plate, not an Applegate one.)
2. The How To Find driving instructions are included, along with Maps, that show the driving routes to each marker. These detailed instructions are planned to take the traveler along the trail by the quickest and safest route. The position of each marker is shown with GPS coordinates. Cautionary notes are included where appropriate. An example of a How To Find instruction is shown below.
A-38: LEAVE FLETCHER CREEK
HOW TO FIND: From Marker A-37, return 0.4 mile north to a bladed road on the left (FS Route 136). Turn left. G0 3.9 miles to the bladed FS Route 46 at a “Y” road junction. Bear left. Go 3.0 miles to a dirt road on the left. Turn left. Go 100 yards and park. Walk about 1.5 miles northeast, following down the small, usually dry drainage, to the marker located on the west bank of Fletcher Creek.
Caution: Do not attempt to locate this marker unless you have a GPS unit and are proficient in its use. Also, this hike is fairly difficult due to the rocky terrain that must be crossed.
UTM: 10T 683470 E, 4630946 N
3. Diary quotes are included for nearly every marker in order to give the modern traveler a taste of what the early emigrants experienced along the trail. A sample of one of these Overland Narratives is shown below.
“Sept. 20. 6 miles to a steep decent and good camp on creek [Jenny Creek] the decent is not dangerous though it is very steep Mrs Brown is vey sick the weather is pleasant.” William Cochran Stoddard, 1852
4. Trail Descriptions describe the route of the trail between the markers. On the general maps, the map key indicates whether the trail shown is in original condition, has been used by vehicles or is located approximately. A sample description is shown below.
From Marker A-37, a short section of the trail, followed by the trail route, goes west along Fletcher Creek for about 1 ½ miles to a small meadow where the creek makes a bend to the left. Here, the trail route turns southwest and continues about a quarter mile along the creek, past a large, blazed pine tree, to Marker A-38. The marker is located where a small creek, usually dry, enters Fletcher Creek from the west.
5. Side trips and Hiking trips are described at appropriate locations. For most of the side trips, a high clearance or four-wheel drive vehicle will be required.
Here is a sample of the information on one of the Additional Trips presented in the Applegate Guide From Lassen Meadows To Goose Lake:
A SIDE TRIP TO LASSEN-CLAPPER MURDER SITE
“To reach the Peter Lassen and Edward Clapper murder site from Marker A-15B, continue 0.9 miles east on the dirt road from Wheeler Reservoir to a four-way road junction. Continue through this junction and go 1.3 miles to a road on the left. Continue straight ahead for 0.2 miles to a road junction. Turn right. Go 0.8 miles, crossing two deep gullies, to a parking area on the left. From the parking area, walk about 100 yards up the dirt road to the murder site. The reamains of Clapper were found in 1990 protruding out of the side of the creek bed about 10 feet from a large boulder.”
6. Numerous photographs of scenes along the trail are included and identified. Many of these photos are unique to the guides.
7. Special features include an introductory history of the Applegate Trail and historical commentaries on events and sites along the trail, such as emigrants’ post office, murders, sufferings, humor, and deadly encounters.
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