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The Da-Ku-Be-Te-De Trail was once spelled by anthropologists Ta’khoo-pee-te-di, or pronounced Daw-Kew-Bee-Tee-Dee. Named for a small band of Native Americans who inhabited the Applegate Valley, this trail is a beautiful, easy day hike that traverses the western shore of Applegate Lake. Beginning at Swayne Viewpoint, the trail passes the Hart-Tish boat ramp in half a mile. Proceed through the parking lot and rejoin the trail on a paved walkway along the lake, passing an interpretive viewpoint. The paved trail ends at the lawn area above the swimming area and resumes directly across the lawn where pavement is replaced by gravel surfacing. The trail then follows the lakeshore, crossing the Copper Boat Ramp, and continues along the high water line before reaching Watkins Campground. Just prior to the campground, the trail passes over a footbridge and intersects a quarter mile loop trail that circles the campground. Follow the trail to the right in order to reach the parking area. Be aware of Poison Oak, ticks and snakes along this trail.
Facility Type: Trail
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