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

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!

Open house on designating the Sterling Mine Ditch Trails as an Oregon State Scenic Trail

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SUTA’s efforts to have the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail designated an Oregon State Scenic Trail continue to move forward.   The next step in the process is another public meeting sponsored by the Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to hear any public comments about this proposal.

The open house will be held at the Jacksonville Library, 340 West “C” ST, Jacksonville, OR  97530 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM on July 8, 2014.


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Bridge to cross Deming Creek

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REI has generously awarded another grant to the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA).  The new trail kiosks you see at every trailhead are  thanks to REI’s 2013 grant to SUTA.  This year we applied for funding for a bridge to cross Deming Creek.  This bridge will allow us to re-open a gorgeous section of the Sterling Mine Ditch and safely cross the Deming Creek.  Right now, when you hike or ride north from the Deming Trailhead towards the new Grub Gulch access trail, there is a confusing section of the trail where you go downhill on a road and then over a series of humps, across Deming Creek and finally back onto the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail.  Our future bridge will take us off the road onto a lush, gorgeous section of the ditch currently closed off and across Deming Creek, allowing an almost seamless use of the  ditch trail.  The plan is to build a bridge that will be solid and last a long time and one that will provide a sense of the ditch’s history.  Flume Trail

We hope to make the sides of the bridge mimic what a flume would have looked like – there no doubt was one that crossed above Deming Creek at the very spot we hope to build the bridge.

Here is an historic shot of a flume.  waterman

We have speculated what on earth these folks were doing but we doubt anyone will need to do the same on our future “FLUME” bridge.   But we thought you would enjoy the picture.  Our first steps will be to work with the Medford BLM to do an environmental assessment of the bridge crossing, then if all goes well we will get the designed and bridge built over the next year.

REI Medford

REI  ~ Medford

We thank  REI for its generous support.  Be sure to go into the Medford REI and thank them for their support of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail!

Hope Robertson