Welcome to SUTA!
Southern Oregon’s Siskiyou Upland Trails Association!
SUTA’s mission is to create a community trail system across the Siskiyou upland ridges linking the existing trail systems of Ashland and Jacksonville. Running above the western side of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, our Jack-Ash trail will provide a permanent recreational resource for our local community while protecting our natural resources into the future. It will also provide an additional draw to visitors to our region.
SUTA’s Jack-Ash trail system hooks up many long-established trails and roads that run from the Ashland trails at Wagner Butte across the scenic ridge lines to Anderson Butte and on into the Jacksonville trail system. Taking advantage of our area’s jaw-dropping vistas and beautiful forests found on the ridges above Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, and Jacksonville, SUTA’s trail runs through a wide diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. The trail includes the historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail as part of a loop around Anderson Butte. This community-created trail will provide close-to-home recreational opportunities for all non-motorized activities, including hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, and runners, as well as local residents wanting a lovely stroll through the woods with their families and dogs.
The trail can be enjoyed for a short outing or for a long-distance experience. As we formalize this trail system over the next several years, we will be working with the local community of recreational users, the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, the US Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and private land owners. Our goal is to meet the recreational needs of our local community while insuring our trail is carefully sited and maintained to protect the resources we all want to enjoy well into the future.