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Jacksonville–Applegate Lake Cruise Professional Review and Guide
"This tour begins in the historic community of Jacksonville and climbs more than 400 feet to Applegate Lake in Rogue National Forest. This lake is nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains and offers camping, hiking, and swimming opportunities during the summer months. Additional highlights of this tour include an opportunity to sample fine wines at the Valley View Winery and to stop and view the McKee covered bridge. This route is also close to Ashland, which is host to the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival."
--Lizann Dunegan, Road Biking Oregon (Falcon Guides).
I'm a beginner rider and thought the ride was challenging. If I lived in the area I would do the trail again. While there were not any "climbs" the rolling hills were tough for me. I didn't end up doing the entire trail because the road gets rough which challenged me more. I ended up doing 35 miles round trip. I probably would of pushed myself the entire way had I had anothe rider with me.
I would recommend the trail, but not for a beginner. Drivers were respectful and I only had one guy to pull over and try talking to me. I just ignored him and kept pedaling. I never felt unsafe because there are enough houses/cars around. Jacksonville is a very cute town to visit.
Nice entry level trail. Great surface, but a little dusty this time of year. No climbs, just a rolling, mostly flat ride around Applegate Lake. The lake is very pretty with nice views of the foothills. A bonus to this ride is a dip in the lake after a hot dust ride.
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