UPCOMING ”Winter” trail party dates are now posted.  Please plan on the dates and check back for updates.  Thank You!  Enjoy the beautiful trails and lovely flowers!
Enjoying our spectacular backyard!
Jack Ash Trail OverviewJacksonville to Ashland Proposed Trail System: “Jack-Ash” Trail

The Jack-Ash Trail is a “general” idea of the route for the proposed SUTA trail system and is very preliminary in nature. The combination of needing BLM approvals and private landowner involvement may mean this route changes substantially over time. SUTA will post revised maps as the route becomes developed. The trail system may also be expanded as short loops are added in key areas to enhance trail use and access or local residents come up with expansions for trails already in existence on either public or private lands.

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Scenic with a capital “S” – Mail Tribune Article

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The Mail Tribune published an article today about the roughly 20 miles of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail and its nearly 10 miles of access trails comprise the first Oregon State Scenic Trail in Southern Oregon, literally putting it on the map of the state’s most gorgeous hikes.

The Oregon Parks Commission recently named the system off Sterling Creek Road south of Jacksonville as the eighth such trail classified under the state Recreation Trails Act of 1971.

To see the actual article, click here.

Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Gains Official Designation as an Oregon State Scenic Trail!!!

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Congratulations to everyone

– the hearty volunteers who have helped clear and maintain the trail, the BLM for their support and work, SUTA’s Board  and many others  – WE DID IT!

The Commissioners for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department voted to designate the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail as a state scenic trail – the first one in Southern Oregon.  We are thrilled.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!

You will soon see our kiosks sporting State Scenic Trail signs.  OregonScenicTrail

We hope you come out and enjoy the trail this fall!  It’s a great time of the year to hike this great trail.


Hope Robertson

SUTA Board

The Work Parties continue . . .

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Attention All Ditch Users!

Unfortunately, trails don’t maintain themselves and the healthy vegetation along the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail can grow 18’ in a year!   If you enjoy using these trails, the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) would love your help keeping the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail open!

We hold trail maintenance work parties one Saturday a month in winter and spring, starting at 8:30 AM and finishing in time for a trailside lunch!   Most of the work involves light brushing with loppers and pruning saws and minor tread work with plenty of time to enjoy the views and each other’s company.  With your help, we can maintain the 30 miles of trails in the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail system every year so no section becomes overgrown and impassable.

Our volunteer trail crews are rewarded with laughter, a great hike with fun people, a sense of accomplishment, home-baked treats, and a trailside lunch provided by SUTA.  Please join a SUTA work party next winter, and help make a difference by keeping this trail open.

Won’t you join us?

Here are the dates:

2014/2015 SUTA Saturday Work Parties: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • November 15th  2014
  • December 20th, 2014
  • January 17th, 2015
  • February 21st, 2015
  • March 21st, 2015
  • April 18st, 2015

To receive notices of trail work parties and other events, email sutaoregoncontact@gmail.com or go to our website www.sutaoregon.org

We look forward to seeing you out on the trail and on a work party!