Call of the Wild, 2016, a success!!

img_2232Last 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.

img_2228To learn more about the ATA and the Applegate Ridge Trail, click on the link below to visit our site. You can contact us at if you have any questions or would like to schedule a presentation of the video by the ATA.

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The Film is HERE! Call of the Wild, October 9th, 6pm

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.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see this fabulous film! You can download the flyer by clicking here.

If you have any questions, you can contact the ATA at or message us through Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Check out our new trailer for the film!

Help us support one of our sister organizations

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:

ATA board member interviewed on Jefferson Exchange

ATA board member, Luke Ruediger, was interviewed on Jefferson Exchange yesterday, where he talked about the upcoming thru-hike of the future Jack-Ash and Applegate Ridge Trails. There is a lot of excitement being generated about our trail project and the documentary film that will help us promote it!

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ATA Kickstarter Campaign

We did it! Thanks to our numerous supporters ATA has funded our Kickstarter campaign and will begin our thru-hike of the Jack-Ash and Applegate Ridge Trail this coming weekend. We will be documenting our hike and the beauty of the Applegate Ridge Trail with a short film promoting the trail. We look forward to our hike and believe this project will catapult the Applegate Ridge Trail forward. Thanks for the support, we hope to see you out on the trail!


The ATA turns Five this month!

April 23rd is ATA’s fifth birthday!

In 2009, before the formation of what was to be the Applegate Trails Association (ATA), sixteen Applegate residents presented the idea to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a non-motorized trail system in the mountains between the Rogue and Applegate Valleys. But nothing really happened with it until April 23, 2011, when several residents met at the Ruch Library and the Applegate Trails Association was formed. In May 2012, ATA received its 501(c)3 status.

This is when things really started to happen. Now named the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), the board of the ATA began the long process of working with the BLM (environmental assessments, trailhead construction, etc.), negotiating with private land-owners, monthly board meetings, scouting and flagging the route, writing grants (we have received four grants in the last five years!), raising funds through fund-raisers and donations, building trailheads – all the activities necessary to plan and build a forty-mile trail.

In addition, the ATA has led hikes every year, both on our proposed route and on established trails in the Applegate Valley area. We have supported non-motorized recreation on a local, state, and national level and re-built and maintained hiking trails in Cantrall Buckley Park. We have advocated protection for the 5711 acre Wellington Wildlands, which was designated by the BLM as the Wellington Butte Lands with Wilderness Characteristics in 2013. At times the ART will enter the wildlands as it follows the northeast border of the Wellington Butte LWC.

What we have accomplished in the past five years has laid the foundation for what we hope to accomplish this year—the development of the first leg of the Applegate Ridge Trail, the “East ART,” a six-mile stretch that runs from Sterling Creek Road to Hwy 238 outside Jacksonville.  If all goes well, we should be breaking ground in October.

It’s an exciting project and the East ART will create a visible, tangible promise to the future Applegate Ridge Trail.

First-Ever Through-Hike

ATA board member Luke Ruediger is organizing a first-ever through-hike of the Applegate Ridge Trail. It will be undertaken by Luke and fellow board member Josh Weber. They will hike the rugged unmarked trail sometime this spring and will be joined by a videographer in order to create a documentary of the event. We will also meet the two stalwart hikers at various stages along the path with food and supplies, eager for tales of their adventure.

Luke and Josh expect to be hiking an average of 14 miles a day.

This will be an awareness-raising event for ATA to help people understand our project. Stay tuned for details!!

Hike the East ART!

We have a full schedule of hikes and other events this season. Here is a brief listing. Please see the Calendar for more details:

Saturday, April 23, Cantrall-Buckley Trail Maintenance, 9 am to 1 pm
Sunday, May 15, East Applegate Ridge Trail, 9 am
Saturday, June 4, Equestrian Trail Ride @ Four Creeks/East Fork Trail, 9 am
Sunday, June 19, Wildflower Hike to Frog Pond, 9:00 am
Sunday, July 10, Mount Elijah Loop Hike, 9 am
Saturday, October 1, Call of the Wild, ATA Annual Fundraiser, 9:30 am to 4 pm
Saturday, October 15, Trail Building/Maintenance Work Party, TBA

Highlights of ATA’s 2015

In 2015, the Applegate Trails Association

  • Received a Title II grant for $12,000 through BLM
  • Received $10,000 from REI on 5-20-15 to help develop the East ART trail
  • Received generous donations from enthusiastic supporters
  • Held Call of the Wild, an outdoor seminar with workshops, food, and children’s activities at Cantrall Buckley Park, which we hope to turn an annual fundraising event
  • Welcomed two new board members: Luke Ruediger and Alexandria Weinbrecht
  • Did trail maintenance and building in Cantrall-Buckley Community Park
  • Partnered with Cantrall-Buckley Park to design informational pedestals and kiosks and create a new map of the park
  • Led some great hikes in the Applegate!