Welcome to the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association Website!
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 and Phase I of the Jack-Ash Trail, with four trail heads, totaling 15 miles. These trails are open 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. As of July 2017, the trail is now OPEN! with many thanks to very dedicated teams of people! 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.
PLANNING AND BUILDING THE JACK-ASH TRAIL ~ A QUICK OVERVIEW
OUR CURRENT TRAIL PROJECT
On Sunday, November 6, 2016, members of the Medford BLM and the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, armed with chainsaws, began an impressive effort to build the Jacksonville-Ashland trail, a.k.a., the Jack-Ash Trail. Branches were heaved, poison oak was pulled, and dead trees dragged off the trail. Slow slogging and dense manzanita in places didn’t stop the crew, who finished nearly 3/4 of a mile of trail.
The work on this trail continues in 2018!
Thank you for your support!