Applegate Trail (So. OR to Willamette Valley)

The Applegate Trail is broken into 3 segments by the Trails West guidebooks. One or more of these books may be available for purchase in the CTIC gift shop or you can purchase them directly from Trails West on their website. They have an online photo tour along the Applegate Trail.


The Applegate Trail was opened in 1846 by group of men on horseback led by Jesse Applegate. Starting in Oregon, they sought a better wagon road. Working their way east and south they eventually intersected the California Trail below the big bend of the Humboldt River. They then headed on to Fort Hall to lead incoming wagons back along their new route.