Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Work Party — Sunday, January 23rd, 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 Sunday mornings of January, February, March, and April.  Be sure to check back for up-to-date information on work parties.

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!

The STMD is approximately 17 miles long, and mostly follows sections of the 26 mile Sterling Mine Ditch dug in the late 1800s to supply water for gold mining operations at the Sterling Mine.   Although it climbs above the ditch for several miles in two places, most of the trail is level, hugging a contour line around the western and southern shoulders of Anderson Butte as it passes through forest and field, affording big views of the Siskiyou Mountains!

WHEN:  Sunday, January 23rd 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 The Wilding Center, 4873 Little Applegate Road, less than a mile from Buncom.   This is a private residence with access to the trail. We’ll leave the Wilding Center for the SMDT trail at 9:00.

WHAT WE’LL DO: Hike up hill about ¾ mile, then travel east on the SMDT about two miles one-way.  Part of this trail section had been overgrown and impassable for years, but a BLM crew opened it up last summer.  It’s 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.   Most of this trail section faces south!   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 January 9th 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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