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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org), 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, www.applegatetrails.org 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.”
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.
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: http://www.mailtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20170317/trail-is-born
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, www.applegatetrails.org or send a check to Applegate Trails Association, PO Box 105, Jacksonville, OR 97530 and specify if it is for building the trail.
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
HIKES AND TRAIL RIDES:
Saturday, May 13
Mule Mountain (hike location may depend on snow levels)
Meet at Ruch Country Store, 7350 Hwy 238; Lower parking lot
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
5 miles, E to M
Sunday, July 9
Mount Elijah Loop Hike
with author Diana Coogle
Applegate Store, 15095 Hwy 238
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, www.applegatetrails.org. 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.
WE BUILD THE TRAIL ONE DONATION AT A TIME: PLEASE STEP FORWARD WITH A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION AND GIVE A GIFT TO ALL GENERATIONS!
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: http://www.siskiyoufilmfest.org/films/.
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.
Diana 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 email@example.com if you have questions or need more information.
Last night, a crowd of enthusiastic Applegaters joined the Applegate Trails Association (ATA) at our annual Call of the Wild fundraising event and the premiere of our short documentary, “Walking the Wild Applegate.” After patiently waiting in long lines for delicious tamales (provided by The Tamale Factory), organic salad, beer, wine and many yummy treats, everyone sat and watched the video that documents the first-ever through-hike of the proposed Jack-Ash and Applegate Ridge Trails.
Tim Lewis filmed and created a stunning presentation of our Valley and the trail system the ATA is working so hard to develop. Thank you, Tim, and a GIGANTIC thank you to everyone who joined us last night and who have supported us in this huge undertaking.
To learn more about the ATA and the Applegate Ridge Trail, click on the link below to visit our site. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to schedule a presentation of the video by the ATA.
CALL OF THE WILD
October 9th, 6pm, $10
“Walking the Wild Applegate”
at Pacifica, 14615 Watergap Rd, Williams, Oregon 97544
In May, 2016, many of you supported and followed as ATA board members, Luke Ruediger and Josh Weber hiked 80-miles from downtown Ashland to the Cathedral Hills east of Grants Pass. Our goal was to turn this thru-hike adventure into a film that would raise awareness about the beauty of our region and build support for the creation of our proposed Applegate Ridge Trail and the the benefits the trails will provide to surrounding communities.
We did it! Our film, “Walking the Wild Applegate,” documents Luke and Josh’s adventure into the stunning beauty and diversity of “wild Applegate” and offers a preview of the Applegate Ridge Trail, now emerging from our collective dream state.
Local beer and food from local farms and bakers will be available for purchase.
Music will be provided by the Applegate Wranglers! Alice DiMicele, Vince Herman, Emily Turner & Mikey Stevens
Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the Ruch Country Store, from board members, and at the door. You will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets on our web site soon. Children under 12 get in free.
You can purchase tickets at the Ruch Country Store, from ATA board members, online (see button below) and at the door.
Join the Applegate Neighborhood Network (ANN) for a fun-filled event to bring the community together in a celebration of public land and local wilderness and to support those who are working for its protection. ANN has an incredible lineup of family-friendly and educational activities in the afternoon, followed by food, libations, live music, and presentations about ANN and the issues affecting our region.
When: Saturday, June 11th 3-10 pm
Where: 724 Yale Creek Road, Little Applegate Valley
Cost: $10 for entry
Food and alcohol will also be available for sale.
Educational Events, 3-4:30 PM
Native Plant Walk, 4:30- 6 PM
Presentations about ANN, 6-7 PM
Music (folk/bluegrass/old timey), 7-10 PM
For more information, visit ANN’s web site: http://www.applegateneighborhood.net/blog/