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).

Enjoy!!!

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

 

 

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