Come join us hiking on current and future trails this summer!  Below is a list of several hikes we will be doing over the next few months.  The first hike is a sneak preview of the future Jack-Ash trail from Jacksonville to Ashland.  We thought we would take anyone interested on a lovely hike to give you a taste of why we are so excited to see this trail developed.  Six of us were up on this gorgeous trail over Fourth of July weekend.  A photo of the view and flowers is shown here.

For all hikes – please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. See the form below to send your RSVP in. Wear appropriate clothing for untrimmed trails (except for the Sterling Mine Ditch Full Moon Hike – that trail is trimmed).  Three of these hikes are “exploratory” hikes to fine tune our trail route so some thrashing around in the brush may happen – but it will all be in gorgeous countryside so who cares.

Directions to the meeting location will be posted for each hike and emailed to those who RSVP.  See form below to send your RSVP in.  We’ve planned four of these hikes to be 9 AM to roughly 1 PM  so bring snacks or lunch, water and dress appropriately – long pants recommended for most of these hikes.  As far as we have experienced, all of the ridgetop areas are devoid of poison oak –  too high  – in case that is a concern for you but for some areas it may be brushy or have high grass.  For the Full Moon hike on the Sterling Mine Ditch trail – there is poison oak beside the trail but owing to our heavy maintenance of the trail, unless you go off the trail its unlikely you will be at risk of contacting any poison oak.

You will be asked to sign a liability waiver in order to participate in any of these hikes.

Looking forward to seeing you out on these hikes right in your backyards!.

SUTA Summer and Fall Hikes:

HikeDate/TimeWhere and Why
Jack-Ash Trail Sneak Preview Hike POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER WHEN FALL COLOR PEAKSHike the scenic ridge between Bald Mountain and Point Mountain.  We will drive to this portion of the trail along the ridgeline – fabulous views in all directions. No poison oak, some moderate climbing but easy for most.  This trail is un-trimmed, recommend long pants or shorts with high socks, good hiking shoes.  Meet on the Anderson Butte – Point Mountain ridgeline at Section-line Gap at 9 AM to carpool to trailhead (where Anderson Creek Road and Rush Creek Road meet).  This means you can come up to the ridge on Anderson Butte Road or Anderson Creek Road if you are coming from Medford, Talent, Phoenix or Ashland or Rush Creek Road from the Applegate.  Bring a lunch and water, we’ll provide dessert.
The Pacific Crest Trail ConnectionAugust 6th:  Saturday

9 AM

An exploratory drive/hike.  Meet at the Sterling Mine Ditch Little Applegate Trailhead.  We will drive on up Forest Service Rd 2030 to the Forest Glade Trail.  Steep switchbacks, definite elevation gain on an unknown trail ending at Wrangle Gap on the PCT.  None of us has done this hike so we have no idea of trail conditions or how long it will take – which is part of the fun.  We will plan to leave vehicles at either end for a shuttle if possible.  Supposedly gorgeous views and beautiful woods but we’ll all find out when we get there.  Bring a lunch for sure. We are assuming the snow will be gone by August 6th but will send out notices if snow drifts still linger!
Full Moon Hike on Sterling Mine Ditch TrailAugust 13 Saturday

9 PM

SPECIAL NOTE – Yes it’s not a typo – it’s 9 PM.  Led by Autumn MacIvor

Meet at the Armstrong Gulch trailhead off of Sterling Creek Road (see website for directions to all SMDT trailheads).   1-hour hike or more depending upon the participants enjoying the August moon – bring a flashlight just in case and a full-moon story.  Appropriate clothes and footwear for a night time stroll.

Point Mountain north towards Anderson ButtePOSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER WHEN FALL COLOR PEAKSExploratory Hike from Point Mountain north towards Anderson Butte to determine our first choice of routes hiking on trails and the road.  Fabulous views north and south over the Applegate Valley/Red Buttes/Rogue Valley and Cascades
Wagner Gap to Bald MountainSept 17th Saturday

9 AM

An exploratory hike to find the Jack-Ash route from Wagner Gap to Point Mountain.  Fabulous views and cooler than anywhere in the valley!  Bring water, snacks or a lunch.  Elevation gains, some bush whacking possible (no poison oak at these elevations) – recommend long pants.  Return to cars by 1 PM most likely.  Meet at Wagner Gap (via Wagner Road) at 9 AM sharp.

Please note what dates you plan to hike and any questions you may have. Thank You!

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