The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a community trail system across the Siskiyou upland ridges linking the existing trail systems of Ashland and Jacksonville.    Since 2009 we have re-opened the entire Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, an 18 mile path designated for non-motorized activities including hiking, trail running, mountain bike and horse riding, and birding and wild flower walks.  Rich in natural and human history, this vital link in the planned Jack-Ash Trail passes through a varied landscape as it contours along the mountain side above the Upper Applegate River and Sterling Creek.

SUTA signs for community youth service hours earned during trail work parties (usually 4 or 5 hours per work party).  SUTA also helps with service learning by suggesting appropriate trail projects, connecting students to agency land management officials, and helping with installation logistics.

Community or “youth” service instills a sense of civic engagement and community, and helps students achieve educational, developmental and social goals.  For students with an interest in trail running, mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, birding, and the natural and human history of the Rogue Valley, trail maintenance work and special trail projects present an opportunity to satisfy youth service graduation requirements or service learning advancement (e.g. Eagle Scout merit badge).

Working on a SUTA trail crew helps students earn hours for graduation requirements while they also exercise, learn trail maintenance skills and team work, and socialize with experienced trail volunteers from all walks of life.

Service learning projects go a step further, connecting a student’s specific learning goals to a community service project that benefits all trail users, like planning and installing rest benches, trail distance markers, or a natural history interpretive display or brochure.

Contact SUTA’s trail maintenance coordinator Jim Reiland at 541-899-1091 or for more information.

Students under the age of 18 interested in joining a SUTA trail maintenance work party must have parental consent.   Click here to download the BLM Volunteer Consent Form; have the signed form with you at the work party meeting area.

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