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Lost Creek Reservoir Loop

Average Rating:    (3.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

About 22 miles of easy to intermediate riding. Some rocky sections but all are manageable. The only tricky part is finding the trail again at the half way point. You have to get back on hwy 62 headed south to cross the bridge. Keep a sharp eye out for the trail which climbs back off the road sharply to the right. Once there, you begin to contend with hikers on sections of the trail which are paved. That ends after the marina and campground area. You get back on single track again until you go under the gate and cross the gravel road on top of the dam itself. It's pretty easy to find your way around because the trail never strays far from the lake. Takes about 3.5 hours if you really take your time or are riding with a large group. 2.5 hours with a little more motivation.
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Latitude
42.68041629144619
Longitude
-122.67539978027344
Trail Directions
Take Hiway 62 north from Medford. Before you head up the hill to climb up to the top of the dam, take a right just after the bridge headed toward the fish hatchery. You are climbing up the northwest side of the lake. Park at the first boat launch area. the start of the trail is to the north.
Trail Length
~22 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Shady Cove Metroplex
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jamie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail today, 5/5/2013. I was a little sketched out to ride this alo ne because of the other reviews, but I am also a little stubborn so I did it anyway. For the sake of following trail signs this trail is actually named the Rogue River trail. I am a novice rider, my guy describes me as intermediate but ballsy. I parked at Takelma trail head and rode clockwise. To get to this trail head you take the first left off of hwy 62 that indicates a boat ramp, it is just before a little bridge. This is where the boat ramp closest to the dam is located. The trail is very obvious right next to the parking lot. The trail is very well maintained and mostly obvious with a few spots that you will need to use common sense. There were white arrows spray painted along the trail to help you stay on track, not sure how long they will last, or how often they are replaced. There were only a few spots that did not feel safe to ride. The one area with river rocks and deep gravel. I could not ride up this because of the steep grade, but I think even a stronger rider would have a hard time because of the depth of the rock. There were also a few areas that had some roots in the trail combined with a steep downhill, I did not feels safe on these because I was alone and not interested in wrecking. You will come to a place called Lewis trail head. There is a little parking lot and outhouse here. There is also a metal gate just at the entrance to the parking lot. This is a place where the trail gets fuzzy. Go through the parking lot and down the road a little until you see another gate on the left, that is where the trail picks back up. There is another place where you pop out on the road, this is further down Lewis road, this is the point where you ride down the road about a half a mile or so until it spits you out onto hwy 62 and you have to ride across the big bridge. You are about halfway at this point. Ride over the bridge and about 1/4 of a mile or less off of the bridge the trail picks up again to your right. It is about a 180 degree turn onto a VERY steep uphill, I walked this and slipped doing so, it does not look like the right way to go until you get to the top and the trail becomes paved. From this point on the landscape is very green and beautiful. The paved trail is very bumpy as roots have grown under it. About 3/4 of the way around you come to the marina.

Recommended Route:
I stopped here for water. The paved turns back to dirt after the marina. If you stay on the trail it will spit you out at the dam and you can ride across the top. There are many benches and several vault toilets along the way, that's right ladies not squatting in the poison oak, it's everywhere. A nice ride, but long and tiring. I stopped for about twenty or so minutes at the halfway, and for water. Did it in about 3.5 hours. Some uphill mostly rolling terrain. If you like Applegate you will like this.



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Review Date
July 21, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cruisinwheels ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Some real nice areas and some bad. Places with river rock that can not be rode must be walked, shale and pea grave in spots did crew up the tires, Moss on the paved trail that says no bikes and the pavement is real rough so no sitting on this on the south side after the hwy bridge. Took over 5 1/2 hours with 1 hour of breaks including stopping at the
store for a quick drink and taking picture around the lake. No way you are doing it in less than3 1/2 hours without stopping.
Nice views and worth the ride but not safe for non experianced riders. 38 to 40 bridges most on north side. 2 bridges will catch your tire if you are not careful. One long bridges swings side to side. 2 spots the path less than a foot wide with steep cliffs. Not one to take young kids. Did it clockwise as all the bridges are marked that way but your told ride it counter clockwise. 1 bad section steep with bad rocks only 100 foot long had to be walked up. The down hills and banked turns were great. Still enjoyed most of the ride. went 7-18-2012 26 miles and we went over the dam not the long way below the dam.I would do Applegate before this one again. Just no water at Applegate or store

Recommended Route:
clock wise start at the first stop after the dam on the northside

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Applegate lake



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Review Date
December 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: antiherohio ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We parked right off of 62 near where they launch rafts on Takelma Dr. First entrance to the park coming from Shady Cove. From there it took some time to find the trail and ended up riding up to the dam and found the trail there. We rode around the lake clockwise. Nice wide flowy single track and overgrown fireroad. Nothing technical at all but still fun. I think there is about 70 bridges that you cross. I believe it is 20+ miles.

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Recommended Route:
Clockwise seemed great. Either would be fun. We did have a nice short downhill back to the car going clockwise and parking where we did.



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Review Date
July 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: drdan52000 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail June 28, 2008
Still a fun ride, the trail is in good shape and the 30 or so bridges are in good order.
I missed the cut off to cross the dam, and rode down the road and back up the hill to the car.
It was 22 miles the long way, I could see it cutting 2 miles off going across the dam.
It took about 2 hours at average speed of 11 mph.
The trail is much wide then the Applegate lake loop, a little more room for error on this trail.
Only one get off and push, area, because of the round river rock in the trail, about 100 feet.

Recommended Route:
Park car at north boat ramp.
At the other end at the big bridge after you crossed the bridge go about 300 to 400 feet and look for a trail that cuts at a shape angle up the bank, you will have to turn 180 degrees to get on the trail.
Keep riding in the park and close to the lake to get to the dam.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Applegate Lake loop
Elk Lane



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Review Date
July 5, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by:  Howard , from Sams Valley Oregon

Summary:
This ride is fairly level with a couple of short climbs.Iwould consider this trail easy to intermidiate. Plenty of good places to haul ass but some foot traffic on weekends.Watch for rattle snakes in the summer.You can stop for ice cream at the marina on the east side of the lake.There is a side trail with a sign that says to grotto, theres a cool waterfall and cove around one mile up. I would recomend this trail for any level of mountain biker.

Recommended Route:
.park at the boat ramp on the n/w side of the lake. I recomend riding this ride counterclockwise. the trail is pretty easy to follow.By riding this direction you leave the best ten miles of singletrack for last. You should get a map but there are some pretty detailed signs along the way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Aplegate lake trail, all the trails in the ashland watershed area



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