Dear All,

We had 16 adults and a wonderful pack of enthusiastic children out on a spectacular day last Saturday – complete with great food.  For those of you that came – thank you so much for all of your work.  For those of you that couldn’t make it – cheer up! – there are more opportunities and we would love to have you come and have fun with all of us.  Please read Jim Reiland’s announcement with all the key details including a description of where we’ll be working to entice you to come see these views!  For your calendars, the dates of the remaining work parties are:

  • Feb 26 March 5
  • March 12
  • March 26
  • April 9
  • April 23

These are all Saturdays.  Here are the details from Jim:

FRIDAY -February 25 UPDATE:

In light of snow continuing to fall and cold temperatures showing up tonight, we have reluctantly decided to cancel tomorrow’s (February 26th)  Sterling Mine Ditch work party and reschedule for same time and place next week – Sat March 2nd .  We don’t want anyone slipping and getting injured on the potentially icy trail or getting frost bite.  This is supposed to be fun not grueling!  Thank you all – sorry to change the schedule at the last minute.

See you all next week.


  • CANCELED UNTIL NEXT WEEK: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (SMDT) Work Party — Saturday, February 26th, 9:00 – 1:00

Saturday, March 5th, 9:00 – 1:00

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 calendar and come on out!!!

WHEN: Saturday, March 5th, 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,

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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 given SUTA permission to park there for easier trail access.  Parking is limited. 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 east on the SMDT, round trip total of between three and four miles.  The trail leaves the ditch for a mile or so, and a high point on the by-pass above Wolf Gulch offers sweeping views of Wagner Butte, Dutchman Peak, and Red Buttes Wilderness! The ditch section of this trail is in great shape needing minor work cutting back branches and small trees that encroach on the trail. The by-pass needs a bit more work.   Part of this trail is in deep woods, and part in the wide open. Depending on how many people turn out we may split into two groups so we’re not in each others’ way; one group quickly moving ahead to the turn-around point and working back towards Wolf Gulch, the other working east from Wolf Gulch.

WHAT TO BRING: Loppers, a folding pruning saw, gloves, and a small backpack for 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 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.

The Siskiyou Upland Trail Association (SUTA)leads half-day trail maintenance work parties on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail the second and fourth weekends of February, March, and April.  The remainder of our trail work parties will be on Saturday.  If you miss this one–there will be others!

Be sure to check back for up-to-date information on work parties, date changes, or other details.

See you out on the trail.  Its looking fantastic!


  1. Thank you so much for the fantastic show of support for our upcoming event. We will be posting more details about the event on the website soon. Without the support of local people and businesses such as Ray’s or Good Bean Coffee generous offer to provide needed donations, we wouldn’t have a trail system.

    We greatly appreciate what you all are doing!


  2. On June 4th (National Trails Day) at the Sterling Creek Ditch trail celebration, Jacksonville’s Ray’s Food Place will provide bottled water and Jacksonville’s Good Bean Coffee Company will provide fresh brewed coffee and cups to volunteers that help maintain the trail.

    Thank you Ray’s Food Place and Good Bean Coffee Company for your community support.

  3. Troy,

    Thanks for any and all help on trimming the trail. If you are thinking of doing any minor repair to the tread please make sure you stay right on the trail. We’re getting into the season when many plants (some of which are rare wildflowers) are coming up and we want to make sure our zeal to do tread work doesn’t cause damage to them. All poison oak is fair game of course! Glad to hear you are enjoying the work BLM and SUTA has done on the trail. Thanks for your interest.

    Hope Robertson

  4. I have been doing trail work for the mt bikers after work on weekdays and sat or sun.

    Keep up the Great work you all have been doing!

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