Join the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association’s (SUTA) second Sterling Mine Ditch Trail  (SMDT) work party of 2013– Saturday, February 16th!   We’ll pass through the heart of the SMDT – a section that few hikers see because of distance from a trail head.   The trail affords non-stop views of the Siskiyou Crest, Red Buttes Wilderness, Greyback Mountain, the Little Applegate and Applegate Valleys, and the Sterling Creek drainage.  Enjoy some great outdoor exercise, meet new and interesting people, and have fun while helping to keep the SMDT open for year-round use.   Pack a lunch, and bring a friend as many hands make light work.

When:   February 16th – Saturday     8:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Meet at Buncom (intersection of Little Applegate Road and Sterling Creek Road about 30 minutes south of Jacksonville) for shuttle to a private property trail access at Wolf Gulch.   See Calendar Event for Directions.  Shuttle cars leave Buncom promptly at 8:40!

What We’ll Do:

Except for the initial ¼ mile, we’ll be hiking a total of eight miles along a level trail.   From private property at Wolf Gulch we’ll hike a short distance uphill to the SMDT, then several miles west to reach a trail section where we’ll be doing some brushing, root digging and tread work.   After lunch we’ll continue working along the SMDT to Armstrong Trailhead and awaiting shuttle cars.  The first and last two miles of the day are an easy walk along well maintained sections of the SMDT.

What to Bring:

Dress in layers as the weather can change, and wear long sleeves (may encounter poison oak) and comfortable hiking or work boots.  Bring work gloves, lunch, snacks, and water in a small daypack.  If you have a Pulaski, Grubber, or sturdy shovel, bring it—loppers and a folding pruning saw can be helpful, too.   SUTA will provide some tools (Pulaskis, Grubbers) and our renowned mid-morning baked goods snack!


Because this full-day work party requires a car shuttle and we need a head count for snacks, please let us know you’re coming.   If you have questions, or want to RSVP contact Jim Reiland at 541-899-1091 or email

Weather Contingencies:

We cancel work parties only if serious weather threatens (pouring rain, blinding snow).  Scattered showers, mist, or flurries don’t deter us…but check the SUTA website late on Friday afternoon if you have doubts… Check the SUTA Facebook page or this website!

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