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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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The Tunnel Ridge Interpretive Sign is IN!!!!!

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Thank you everyone who made this possible!  Starting with our former board member Mike McClain who wrote the original text to start the whole process.  Justin Glasgow at BLM who guided us through this complex production,  is responsible for  finding the artist, editing our copy and getting a fabulous professional printing job done – no small feat with the colors we used,  Lisa Rice at BLM for making sure our text was historically accurate.   Zach Million at BLM who selected the indestructible sign frame and post (we are going lighter on the next one!!!!) and for arranging for the invaluable help from  Evan Gammon from the Job Council and his crew  – Ian and Dane.  They carried the sign and the post up one mile – no small feat!!!!! Jim Reiland made sure it was level, plumb and perfect!  And definitely key – Dixie (the mule) and her trust worthy sidekick Annette Parsons –  carried 120 lbs of concrete mix and water up to the site ( the mule, not Annette).  It was quite the parade, a gorgeous day and its done!!!!  Furthermore it looks terrific.

If that was not enough, Jim Reiland and Ian walked back down the mountain, drove to Bear Gulch and carried a chainsaw around the whole loop, taking out some large fallen trees!  While they did that, Evan and Dane did some excellent treadwork on the Tunnel Ridge access trail.  Plus we got some directional signs up on a post.

A highly productive day.

Thank you everyone!

Hope Robertson

SUTA

Wildflowers Abound Come Join Us March 21, 2015

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Triliium - April 28, 2012 SMDT

Triliium – Photo by Hope


Come Enjoy the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail’s Diverse Wildflowers at our next Trail Work Party

With the warm winter we have had so far, we expect many wildflowers to be in full bloom by March 21st.  The Little Applegate to Tunnel Ridge trail section has an amazing array of wildflowers.  Come join us to help maintain this wonderful segment of the trail.  This trail work party will concentrate on light trimming and some tread work. Great views, lovely woods and a rigorous 6 mile hike.  We may split into two groups, hiking in from both trailheads and eating a picnic lunch at a scenic overlook.

When:  March 21, 2015 – Saturday   8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (includes lunch provided by SUTA)

Where Meet at Tunnel Ridge Trailhead on Little Applegate Road at 8:30AM.   For detailed driving directions click here.

What: Brushing and tread work along the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from Tunnel Ridge to the Little Applegate Trailhead (6 mile hike).

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 and the classic SUTA snacks.

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

The last spring 2015 work party is April 18th, Saturday 8:30-1:30PM

To receive notices of trail work parties and other events, email us at sutaoregoncontact@gmail.com.

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

Fight the February Blues with a Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Work Party

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Want a rewarding and fun way to spend a February weekend morning?  Come join SUTA for a trail work party on February 21st.  We will be hiking from roughly the center of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (accessed through a private property) to the Bear Gulch Trailhead. This trail work party will concentrate on light trimming and some tread work. Great views, lovely woods and an easy one-way 3.5 mile hike to the Bear Gulch Trailhead – where we will have lunch.

When:   February 21st– Saturday   8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (includes lunch provided by SUTA)

Where:   Meet at Buncom (corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road) no later than 8:30AMWe will carpool to a private property along Little Applegate Road to access the ditch.  Here’s a map of the area:  Tunnel Ridge to Little Applegate to Bear Gulch

What:  Brushing and tread work along the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from Wolf Gulch down to the Bear Gulch 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 and the classic SUTA snacks.

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 2015 work parties on Saturdays 8:30-1:30PM

March 21st, 2015

April 18st, 2015

To receive notices of trail work parties and other events, email us at sutaoregoncontact@gmail.com or “LIKE US” on FACEBOOK.

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