- Easy (to Middle Fork Applegate bridge)
- 2.4 miles round-trip
- 400 feet elevation gain
- Open except in winter storms
- Use: hikers, horses
- Moderate (to Frog Pond)
- 7.9-mile loop
- 1800 feet elevation gain
- Open mid-May through November
The first of these two hikes is an easy stroll along the Middle Fork Applegate River to a swimmable pool, some log cabin ruins, and a scenic footbridge in an old-growth forest. The second, steeper trail loops past Frog Pond through subalpine Wilderness meadows. Backpackers can connect the two paths for a more challenging tour.
To drive here …
A pond may not sound like a spectacular Wilderness destination, but the Frog Pond Loop is actually one of the prettiest tours in the Red Buttes area. Unfortunately, it’s not quite a loop. …
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.