Carlton Pasture Trail
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The Carlton Pasture Trail switch backs through a mixed conifer and hardwood forest. Specifically look out for some old-growth madrone trees along this route. The trail breaks out into a small meadow dotted with trees and remnants of an old mining shelter presently called “Carlton Pasture”. Mature Ponderosa Pine outline this meadow. From this point, the trail heads west back into the forest which is now accented with rock outcroppings.
Look for unique plant species dotting this landscape. The trail ties in with the 1075/540 road. In order to reach the Elliott Ridge Trail #969, follow Road 540 approximately half a mile to Road 550. Turn left (west) on to 550 and follow it for another half mile to the Elliott Ridge Trailhead.
Directions: From Ruch: Travel south on County Road 589 past the Star Ranger Station and to the back of Applegate Lake. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 1041. Follow 1040 to the California border (pavement ends here) and proceed straight (1040 turns sharply to the right) onto Forest Service Road 1050. Follow 1050 for approximately 9 miles to the signed Carlton Pasture trailhead on the left. (During wet weather the last three miles is not recommended for low ground clearance vehicles because of poor road conditions.) Parking for 2-3 vehicles is available.
Seasonal Access: Normally Accessible: Year-round
Facility Type: Trail
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