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Jack Ash Trail OverviewJacksonville to Ashland Proposed Trail System: “Jack-Ash” Trail

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The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) develops and maintains a non-motorized community trail system focused on the ridges between Jacksonville and Ashland – including Bald Mountain, Point Mountain, Anderson Butte and many unnamed mountains.

Our community trail system currently includes the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail – an historic and state-scenic trail with seven trail heads totaling about 26 miles for equestrians, hikers, runners, and bicyclists.

The Jack-Ash Trail is a new trail being developed in two phases:  Phase 1 connects both ends of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail using new trails and existing dirt roads creating about 42 miles of trails and loops, all located on federal lands managed by the Medford BLM. 

Phase 1 of our trail was approved by the Medford BLM in September 2016 and construction began November 6th, 2016.  We hope to open this trail by Spring of 2017. Phase 2 of the Jack-Ash trail planning and development will occur over the next several years and connect to the Jacksonville, Ashland, and Applegate Ridge Trail systems. The Phase 2 route is proposed through federal lands managed by the BLM and the US Forest Service, as well as private property.

Sterling Mine Ditch February 18th Trail Work Party

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We would love your help keeping the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail in top shape for your use in 2017! Our second of three Sterling Mine Ditch trail work parties is scheduled for:

Saturday, February 18th. 

We will be working on the Wolf Gap Access trail and depending upon how much lopping, digging and hand-saw work is needed along the way, we will continue working along the ditch trail itself.    This is one of the most scenic access trails in the Sterling Mine Ditch trail system with fabulous views and gorgeous open meadows.  Plan on a 3-5 miles roundtrip hike.  Great results, great company and plenty of laughter assured.  SUTA will provide home-baked treats and lunch.

Where:  Meet at the Wolf Gap Trailhead.  From Sterling Creek Rd, turn onto the BLM  Armstrong-Deming Road (a small Sterling Mine Ditch Trail sign on Sterling Creek Rd opposite the turn.)  Drive about 200 yards to “T” – turn left and drive uphill about 2 miles past the Deming Trailhead.

(Detailed driving directions download pdf here.)

When:  February 18, 2017 8:30AM-1:30PM (includes lunch)

What:  Trail maintenance on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Wolf Gap Access trail

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

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

 

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2017 Trail Work Party Schedule

 March 18th 2017 – Sterling Mine Ditch Trail – location to be announced

April 22nd, 2017 – Community participation to help complete the Jack-Ash Trail Construction

 

Trail Maintenance Work Party – SUNDAY, January 22, 2017

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SUNDAY, January 22, 2017  Work Party

We would love your help keeping the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail in top shape for your use in 2017!

Our first of three Sterling Mine Ditch trail work parties is scheduled for Sunday, January 22nd , not Saturday January 21st– please note date change.  Owing to weather uncertainties, we will decide where we will work closer to the work party.  Regardless of where we go, we will take a scenic 4-5 miles roundtrip hike while doing some lopping, digging and hand-saw work. Great results and great company assured.  SUTA will provide home-baked treats and lunch.

Where:  Meet at the corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road – Buncom.  We will carpool to one of the SMDT trailheads  – to be announced.

When:  January 22, 2017, Sunday 8:30AM-1:30PM (includes lunch)

What:  Trail maintenance on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail

What to Bring: Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers and bring gloves.  Bring water and whatever special snacks you like.

If you have them, please bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber, rake or sturdy shovel.

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

 

2017 Trail Work Party Schedule

Feb 18th, 2017   –Sterling Mine Ditch Trail – location to be announced

March 18th 2017 – Sterling Mine Ditch Trail – location to be announced

April 22nd, 2017 – Community participation to help complete the Jack-Ash Trail Construction