The East ART is OPEN!!!

The first section of the Applegate Ridge Trail, the East ART, is officially open! This beautiful trail, providing magnificent views of the valleys and mountains of the Applegate, stretches for 5.6 miles from a large trailhead off Sterling Creek Road to a smaller, as yet undeveloped, trailhead on Hwy. 238, not far from Longanecker Road. Look for the BLM signs pointing you in the right direction. And then come out and hike the trail! It is truly one of the best in the Applegate.

WARNING TO EQUESTRIANS: This trail is not yet suitable for horses. Several narrow sections of the trail cross very steep slopes, leaving no turn-around room should a rider meet hikers or bikes coming the opposite direction. In addition there are obstacles in the path (stones, roots) that could be a challenge for a horse (though not for hikers). We plan to have the trail equestrian-safe by the end of this next winter.

Hikers should also be aware that much of this trail goes through open slopes – thus the fabulous views – that are likely to be very hot in the intense temperatures of summer. Dress appropriately, be cautious, and bring plenty of water.

The Sterling Creek Rd. trailhead is off Sterling Creek Rd. Coming from the Jacksonville side, the gravel road to the trailhead is the first right after mile marker 4 (about 100 or so feet after the marker).


Click on a link to download a map of the East ART:

Map of East ART

Profile Map of East ART

Slope Map of East ART



Mt. Elijah hike on July 9th, 9am

On Sunday, July 9, ATA will sponsor a loop hike up Mt. Elijah and back, starting at and returning to the Sturgis Fork trailhead. It’s a beautiful hike, with amazing wildflower displays. There could still be snow on the trail; dress for cooler weather than you’re used to in the valley, but be ready to shed outerwear when the sun is hot.

This is an all-day hike. Bring plenty of water and a lunch to eat on top of Mt. Elijah. Bring a hat. The views on this hike are as spectacular as the wildflowers – the Siskiyou Crest, Mt. Shasta, and, if you’re lucky, on a good day, the ocean’s shore from the top of Mt. Elijah.

Mike Kohn will lead this hike, as the originally listed leader, Diana Coogle, has suffered a knee injury and won’t be able to make the hike. We will be leaving the Applegate Store at 9:00.

Be there early to sign in. We will car pool to the trail head. Cars need to be able to take rough roads.

Our video is now online! Watch and Support the ART!

The Applegate Trails Association presents “Walking the Wild Applegate.” Watch the Film & Support the Trail!

The Applegate Trails Association (ATA) has released “Walking the Wild Applegate” to viewers online. The film documents the first thru-hike of the Jack-Ash and Applegate Ridge Trail. Combined, the proposed non-motorized trail system will extend over 80 miles from Ashland to Grants Pass, Oregon, mostly in the rugged foothills of the Applegate Valley. The trails provide an inspirational perspective of the Applegate Valley and are being built by our friends and neighbors at Applegate Trails Association and Siskiyou Upland Trails Association.

Click here to watch the film!

THEN, please support our development of the ART!! We need your help in order to keep the dream of the ART alive!

Join ATA’s New Online campaign to let the BLM know you support the Applegate Ridge Trail!

ATA has also created a new online campaign. Please watch the film, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and then sign our email campaign in support of the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART). We need your help to make this trail a reality and BLM might need a little nudge in the right direction.

Join our online campaign. Support the ART!

The Schwemm Family Foundation gives ATA a grant for $8000!

We are excited to announce that we have received an $8000 grant from the Schwemm Family Foundation to help us complete the East ART, the first leg of the proposed Applegate Ridge Trail (ART). We are so grateful! Thanks to this money and to earlier grants from REI and BLM, we anticipate reaching completion of the East ART by mid-May.

The Foundation was looking for projects that would strengthen community ties “through the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles” and “through the enhancement of natural environments.” The East ART fulfills both these objectives – come on out and hike the trail! Spring wildflowers should be in full force by the end of May, and the trail is gorgeous.

ATA Work Party, April 1 2017


Construction on the East Applegate Ridge Trail began less than a week ago and this “newborn” has already grown a mile. The Applegate Trails Association invites you to join us this Saturday, April 1st, for the first of 3 work parties to help build the East ART, the first phase of our large non-motorized trail system. Your help is much needed to supplement the limited funding we have for our locally hired trail crew.

ATA will also have volunteer work parties on April 30th and May 21st. We provide tools, food and camaraderie. If you have a favorite tool, bring it. There are lighter tasks for those who are not inclined to swing a grub hoe. We meet at 8:30 am at the end of BLM road 38-2-29.1 which is off Sterling Creek Road.

Look for the signs to the trailhead 100 yards past the 4 mile marker. RSVP is appreciated (Josh;, but not critical.  It just helps us estimate how much food we need.

Help this baby thrive! If digging is not your thing, a donation will work just as well. We estimate it costs about $20 to build 10 feet of trail or $2 a foot. You can donate via our webpage, or send a check to Applegate Trails Association, PO Box 105, Jacksonville, OR 97530, and specify if it is for building the trail.

In case you missed it, here is a link to last week’s article in the Medford Mail Tribune, “A Trail is Born.”

Thank you for your support!

David Calahan, ATA Chair

The Applegate Ridge Trail has begun!!

News from our trail crew:

After five years of planning and hard work, Applegate Ridge Trail has begun!! Trail crews broke ground on the East Applegate Ridge Trail today. The beautiful 5.6 mile non-motorized trail will extend from Sterling Creek to Highway 238 near Ruch, Oregon. Long term, ANN non-profit members, the Applegate Trails Association (ATA) and Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) intend to build 80 miles of non-motorized trail from Ashland, Oregon to Grants Pass, Oregon, through the hills of the Applegate Valley. Thank you everyone for your support! We’ll keep you updated as our trail continues to become a reality.


A Trail is Born

The Applegate Trails Association is super excited to announce the East Applegate Ridge Trail is under construction! The Medford Mail Tribune has a great article about our trail:

Besides using accumulated grant funds to hire a local trail building crew, we will also have 3 volunteer work parties so you too may lend a hand in the creation of the East ART. Those volunteer days are April 1st, April 30th and May 21st (click to see more details). ATA provides tools, food and camaraderie. Check out this year’s schedule for guided hikes, a horseback ride and details about the work parties. Maybe we will see you on the trail.

Thanks to all the ATA supporters and hikers who have kept this dream alive. Now that we can actually build trail, your help is needed like never before. With good digging we estimate it costs about $20 to build 10 feet of trail or $2 a foot. That is one reason volunteers are so important. But if digging is not your thing, a donation will work just as well. You can donate via our webpage, or send a check to Applegate Trails Association, PO Box 105, Jacksonville, OR 97530 and specify if it is for building the trail.

David Calahan, ATA Chair

ATA Work Party and Hike Schedule


Saturday, April 1
Sunday, April 30
Sunday May 21
East Applegate Ridge Trail Work Party
Bring gloves, water & favorite loppers/digging tools
Lunch, snacks, training & some tools provided
Meet at BLM road 38-2-19.1; 4 mi marker Sterling Creek Road; follow Signs
8:30 am to 1:30 pm, 5 hours


Saturday, May 13
Mule Mountain (hike location may depend on snow levels)
Meet at Ruch Country Store, 7350 Hwy 238; Lower parking lot
9 am
6 to 8 miles, M to D

Sunday, June 11
Trail Ride @ the Enchanted Forest Trail
Meet at the end of Slagle Creek Rd.
Bring your own horse
Contact Alex for details, directions and parking instructions
9 am
5 miles, E to M

Sunday, July 9
Mount Elijah Loop Hike
with author Diana Coogle
Applegate Store, 15095 Hwy 238
9 am
5 miles, M to D

Distances are estimates.

Ratings (E =Easy, M=Moderate, D=Difficult) are merely guides. Expect elevation changes. Remember to wear layered clothing, appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water. No pets. RSVP please.

Details, changes or cancelations may be found on the Calendar page of our website, See the Hikes page for self-guided day hikes on or connected to the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART).

A non-profit organization depends on the generosity of the community. Please consider a donation to ATA, your local group committed to furthering a system of hiking, biking and equestrian trails in the mountains of the Applegate Valley. Thank you.


Walking the Wild Applegate, at the 2017 Siskiyou Film Festival!!

Mark your calendars! The ATA is excited to announce that our short documentary, “Walking the Wild Applegate,” will be shown at the Siskiyou Film Festival on February 12, 2017, at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center!!! More details to come. Thank you to all our supporters for making this possible! Click for more information on the Festival:

ATA at the Dolomites!

xi-1-558-copyATA members take on another hiking adventure!

In September, ATA board members Diana Coogle and Mike Kohn hiked the entirety of the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy. The hike took 13 days and covered approximately 100 miles, most of it along bare-rock Alpine terrain at altitudes ranging between 6000 and 9800 feet.

xi-3-560-copyDiana considers this hike one of the major achievements of her life. She’ll be giving a a slide show presentation about their adventure at the Applegate Library on Dec. 10 at 2:00pm.

Mike will be there as well to keep her from telling tall tales. Contact the ATA at if you have questions or need more information.