This Saturday  – March 17th we plan to hike and work on the soon-to-be re-opened Wolf Gap access trail.  For those of you that have not hiked this spectacular 1 mile access trail – you are in for a treat.  It’s a series of switchbacks down to the Sterling Mine Ditch for one mile crossing large meadows, through oak forests, into beautiful madrone stands and more.  We used some of our Title II grant monies to hire Black Oak Forest Restoration to do much of the desperately needed tread work and heavy-duty chainsaw work as the first step in revitalizing this great trail.  They did a fabulous job.  But more fine tuning of the trimming and tread work is still needed.  You couldn’t ask for a more scenic trail to enjoy while you help us trim!  At the bottom we will take anyone interested on a short detour to see one of the most magnificent double-trunked madrone trees imaginable.  It’s spectacular.

We will meet at our usual 8:30 AM and be back at our cars around 1 PM.  To save some time and driving you can meet us at the Deming Trailhead rather than Buncom.  Since we originally said we would rendezvous at Buncom, someone from SUTA will also be at Buncom (intersection of Sterling Creek and Little Applegate Rds) and then bring you to the Deming trailhead.  The Deming trailhead is on the BLM Armstrong/Deming Gulch road off of Sterling Creek Road – close the 9 mile marker of Sterling Creek Road.  We will tie some bright ribbons or something obvious on the Sterling Mine Ditch sign on Sterling Creek Rd. – which points across to the Armstrong-Deming Road.  Once you get on the Armstrong/Deming Road you will go a short distance and hit a “T” intersection.  Turn left and drive up the gravel road 7/10s of a mile to the Deming trailhead.  Obvious trailhead sign.

If the weather is rainy all week we may revamp our trail trimming plan and work on the Deming North section of the trail so that we don’t all slip and slide down Wolf Gap.  So we’ll simply reverse the next two planned work parties.

History Night:

Thank you all for participating and coming to a highly successful event last week.  In fact we had such a huge turn-out that many people were turned away.  In case you have not been on our website recently, we announced that we will schedule a second history night some time next fall, probably late October or early November.  We will add more material and hold it where more people can come.  Stay tuned!

Coming Up!

Three additional events to alert you to:

April 14, 2012 – Saturday:  Stroll and Clip Along Deming North

An easy hike on a soon-to-be-opened 3-mile section of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail.  Should be great wildflowers to enjoy while you help us finish trimming from the Deming Trailhead almost to the northern end of the Ditch.  Meet at 8:30 AM – Deming Trailhead on Armstrong/Deming Road Rd (near the 9 mile marker on Sterling Creek Road).

April 28, 2012  – SaturdayA Wildflower Hike  

A lovely hike on the gorgeous Little Applegate to Tunnel Ridge section of the Trail.  The focus is on wildflowers but if you happen to bring a clipper we might stop to snip at an encroaching twig here and there as we  enjoy the wealth of flowers found on this trail section.  Bring a lunch – we’ll stop for a picnic along the way and enjoy great views of the surrounding mountains. Meet at Buncom 9:30 AM to carpool to the Little Applegate Trailhead.

May 26 2012 – Saturday:    RUN THE DITCH FIVE MILER:  Inaugural ‘Run the Ditch Trail Five Miler’ race and also a Nature Walk – sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners, BLM and SUTA.  Race and hike begin at the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead, Little Applegate Rd.  9 AM for the race; 9:15 for the hike.  Pre-registration for race required by May 14th, hike is free.  Race Details:

Watch the website in case we have a blizzard or heavy downpours – who ever knows in March –  and have to cancel.  Otherwise we hope to see you all on Saturday.  Thanks for your help!


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