Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Work Party — Saturday, February 12th, 9:00 – 1:00

The Siskiyou Upland Trail Association (SUTA) will lead half-day trail maintenance work parties on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (SMDT) the second and fourth weekends of February, March, and April. (see description of the SMDT below) Be sure to check for up-to-date information on work parties, whether we’ll work on a Saturday, or Sunday or other details.

If you are an avid hiker, mountain biker, trail runner, or equestrian and would like to help keep the SMDT open and accessible, mark your calendars for these events!

WHEN: Saturday, February 12th from 9:00 – 1:00

WHERE:  Park at Buncom (intersection of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road) by 8:45 for a carpool to this week’s trailhead,


Meet at Wolf Gulch Farm, at 7000 Little Applegate Road (about 7 miles east of Buncom),    This is a private residence whose owners have generously granted us permission to use their land to gain access to the trail.   We’ll leave Wolf Gulch Farm for the SMDT trail at 9:00 AM.

WHAT WE’LL DO: Hike up hill about 1/4 mile, then travel west on the SMDT about two miles one-way, to where we left off on our last work party.  Part of this trail section had been overgrown and impassable for years, but a BLM crew opened it up last summer.  It’s very passable, but in rough shape.  Most of this trail section faces south, affording wonderful views of the Siskiyou Crest.

WHAT TO BRING: Loppers, a folding pruning saw, and gloves.  Water and a trail snack.  Sense of humor, friends, and family!

WHAT TO WEAR: Sturdy footwear, and dress in layers.   Rain gear if rain is forecast.   Consider wearing light colored pants to see ticks more easily (they’re out now!).

Heavy rain or snow cancels; for light or threatening rain or snow flurries, dress appropriately!

Call or email Jim Reiland at 541-899-1091 or to RSVP or if you have any questions.

NOTE:  All participants must read and sign a BLM volunteer form at the trail head.  Minors working on the trail must have parental consent. If you are planning to attend the trail party and are 18 or under, please contact Hope Robertson 541-899-5665 so she can arrange for a volunteer form to be emailed or faxed for your parent’s signature in advance.

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