Welcome to the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association Website!

To optimize your immune good health, HIKING is still okay, however only with good self judgement and awareness for others. Besides opting for more remote trails, the other way to avoid people is timing: there are a lot fewer people out at after 6 pm on a Tuesday vs 2 pm on a Saturday.
Reminder: Don’t put yourself at heightened risk of an injury right now.

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.


OREGON OUTDOORS VIDEO: Trail (Re)mix, pt. 1

by Mark Freeman, Jamie Lusch & Ryan Pfeil of the Mail Tribune

Duane Mallams with the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association plots a trail in Wolf Gap. (Jamie Lusch, Mail Tribune)

On a beautiful mountain meadow just outside of Wolf Gap, the views of the Little Applegate Drainage are just amazing, but a view from a nearby bluff could make them even better.

A year from now, if everything goes right.  You’ll be able to get there pretty easily.

OREGON OUTDOORS VIDEO: Trail (Re)mix, pt. 2

by Mark Freeman, Jamie Lusch & Ryan Pfeil of the Mail Tribune

Duane Mallams of the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, maps out a new trail in Oregon’s Applegate Valley. (Jamie Lusch, Mail Tribune)

While bushwhacking through Wolf Gap in Oregon’s Applegate, you’ll see there’s no trail there. Yet.

But there’s going to be . . .thanks to volunteers like you.

OREGON OUTDOORS VIDEO: Trail (Re)mix, pt. 3

by Mark Freeman, Jamie Lusch & Ryan Pfeil of the Mail Tribune

Duane Mallams of the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association lays out a trail along Wolf Gap in the Applegate. (Photo by Jamie Lusch, Mail Tribune)

About 30 years ago, it would have been the Bureau of Land Management marking off new trails like the one that’s in process along the Applegate’s Wolf Gap. Not volunteers.

If communities want trails, they have to step up to the plate.

Join Annette on another great sharing of a horse ride on the SUTA trails.

  Riding the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail with Patti! 

Thank you Annette! 

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Featured Video by Jeffrey Judkins



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SUTA is a volunteer organization and relies on donations from users like you to create and maintain the community trail system we all enjoy.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to

SUTA for 2020.

You can either donate using PAYPAL or send your donations to:
SUTA, PO BOX 901, Jacksonville OR 97530

SUTA is an IRS approved 501(c3) non-profit. All donations are tax deductible.

OR by Donating via MightyCause ~ Fundraising to continue the Jack-Ash Trail

See Our MightyCause Page Here


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 2020!

Thank you for your support!