UPCOMING TRAIL WORK PARTIES:

Next Up:  FEBRUARY 21, 2015, mark your calendars for a fun TRAIL work party!   Please plan on the dates and check back for updates.  Thank You!  Come enjoy the beautiful trails and magical scenery !
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

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!

The First Annual Yodeling Trail Work Party ~ 2015

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Come Join Us for The First Annual Yodeling Trail Work Party on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail!

Please join SUTA at the first annual yodeling extravaganza on the scenic Wolf Gap Access Trail on January 17th !  We’ll also be doing some maintenance of this gorgeous access trail while we are at it. You can work off excess holiday calories with the rest of us while having fun.

Our January 17th yodeling work party will focus on the trail section from the top of Wolf Gap down to the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, doing light trimming and much needed tread work.  We will hike no more than about 3 miles roundtrip, returning to the Wolf Gap Trailhead for lunch.  This sunny, lovely portion of the trail passes across meadows, through some lovely oak and madrone woodlands with great views of the mountains to the south.  We will take a short detour for those who have not seen the enormous double madrone right off the Wolf Gap trail!    And if you are wondering about the yodeling part, someone we met on the trail recently said to us that going down the Wolf Gap trail made him feel as if he were on the movie set for the Sound of Music.  So….yodeling seems appropriate.

When:   January 17th– Saturday   8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (includes lunch provided by SUTA)

Where:   Wolf Gap Trailhead, turn onto the Deming-Armstrong Road off of Sterling Creek Road close to the 9 mile marker – bear left at the “T” and drive about 3 miles up to the trailhead ( going past the Deming Trailhead). For detailed driving directions click here.

What:  Brushing and tread work on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from Wolf Gap Trailhead down to the Ditch trail.

What to Bring: Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers and bring gloves and your yodeling voice.  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

February 21st, 2015

March 21st, 2015

April 18st, 2015

To receive notices of trail work parties and other events, email us at sutaoregoncontact@gmail.com or check back here and “like”  us on Facebook!

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

2014 Accomplishments

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Happy New Year to all of you,

2014 has been an amazing year for SUTA and our community trails.  Thank you all for your contributions of time, ideas, money, hard work, and enthusiasm.

In 2014 we have:

  • Gained Oregon Scenic Trail status for the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (SMDT)
  • Maintained and improved almost 30 miles of trail with help from a huge number of volunteers and the Medford BLM
  • Supported Southern Oregon Runners’ third hugely successful “Run the Ditch” 5 and 10 mile runs in May
  • Participated in the Medford BLM National Public Lands Day event in September to re-route a section of the SMDT at Tunnel Ridge
  • Hosted 6 trail work party days to keep poison oaks, whiplash from branches, holes in the tread and more under control – all while eating & laughing
  • Fine-tuned the trail route for the Jack-Ash thanks to the tireless efforts of Duane and Katy Mallams slogging up and down the landscape!
  • Installed Kiosks at all trailheads with a generous grant from REI and Jim Reiland’s excellent kiosk design and construction
  • Helped you find your way by posting more trail signs with more still to come
  • Seen trail use continue to grow substantially
  • Received another REI grant for bridge across Deming Creek – to be built in 2015
  • Had a huge amount of fun, met great people while working or enjoying the trail, and more.

None of this would be possible without community support, a terrific dedicated board, a growing set of enthusiastic volunteers, and generous assistance from the Medford BLM.   The Medford BLM  provides enormous help in accomplishing our work through funding work crews and providing BLM staff assistance on many projects, clearing large downed trees, and responding to our endless requests.

In 2015 – the Jack-Ash Trail will be taking shape.  We will send you a separate email about this, but we have great news to end the year.  The scoping document, which is part of the public environmental review process for gaining BLM approval for the proposed trail, was issued by BLM just a few days ago.

A terrific year for SUTA, the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, and now the Jack-Ash Trail.  Thank you all.

We wish you a healthy, fun-filled  2015.  See you out on the trail.

Hope Robertson

SUTA