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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Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Se;f Guide Map 100212

Come Join a SUTA Trail Work Party

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Now that the Sterling Mine Ditch is an Oregon Scenic Trail, we need to make sure the trail  continues to live up to that designation!  Trimming brush and leveling uneven tread are ways community volunteers can help keep this trail in great shape and enjoyable to use.  And it will help keep you in shape, too!

We’ll meet once-a-month – usually the third Saturday– November through April.   Come join us for a morning work party and lunch, and if you like, you can hike in the afternoon and see tangible results from your work!

Our first work party will focus on the trail sections around the new Armstrong Trailhead.  We will hike about 6 miles roundtrip, returning to the Armstrong Trailhead for lunch.  This lovely trail section passes through lush forest, oak woodlands, and dry south-facing slopes, affording views of mountains to the south and west.

When:   November 15th– Saturday   8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (includes lunch provided by SUTA)

Where  Armstrong Trailhead, turn onto the Deming-Armstrong Road off of Sterling Creek Road close to the 9 mile marker. For detailed driving directions download these directions.  Click Here.

What:  Brushing and minor tread work on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from Armstrong Trailhead south towards Wolf Gap.  We will hike about 6 miles roundtrip from the trailhead.

What to Bring: Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers and bring gloves.  If you have them, please bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, Grubber, or sturdy shovel.  Bring water and whatever snacks you like.  SUTA supplies additional trail tools.

RSVP:  If you plan to come, please email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so we can plan the work party and food!  Thank you

Here are the dates for the future work parties on Saturdays 8:30-1:30PM

November 15th  2014

December 13st, 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!

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