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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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Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Se;f Guide Map 100212

National Public Lands Day Event at the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail –  September 24, 2016

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Who:  BLM is hosting a National Public Lands Day event on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail – with help from SUTA.

What:  Volunteers will help re-route a steep section of trail that currently goes over the tunnel.  At the 2014 Public Lands Day event, we re-routed the trail on the other side of the tunnel with the crew shown below.  This time we will tackle the section shown in the picture, making a smoother and safer route for trail users to enjoy.  We will create a new trail segment between the Tunnel Ridge access trail and Sterling Mine Ditch Trail and decommission the old trail section.  Great views, fun work and entertaining people!  There is a moderate 1 mile hike to get to the work site; volunteers should be prepared to hike and be away from their vehicles for several hours. Bring water, and gloves.  A bagged lunch will be provided to carry up to the site.  Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) will bake treats for everyone to enjoy during the morning.

Where:  Meet at the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, Little Applegate Road

When:  Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 from  8:30 AM – 1 PM

For more information about the National Environmental Education Foundation and the National Public Trails Day Official website:


Directions to Tunnel Ridge Trailhead:   PDF Download

College Dreams Crew helps SUTA with much needed Trail Maintenance Projects

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We had a great crew of eight teenagers from the College Dreams Program work on a series of projects for the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail in early July.   They spent four days trimming and widening the trail just north of the Deming puncheon bridges; from the Deming Trailhead towards the Armstrong access trail and along the length of the north Armstrong Access trail.  The crew also relocated a bench to a more useful location and did trimming of the trail east of the Tunnel .

We greatly appreciate their hard work!


The names of the crew in this picture are

Jacob, Peter, Jesus, Christian, Kyle and  Sandra.

Arturo Onesto (the crew leader) behind the bench in in the middle

and John Galego (in Orange and a baseball cap behind the bench – a stalwart SUTA volunteer), are also in the picture.