10 a.m., June 7th

For National Trails Day the Applegate Trails Association (ATA) invites you to the Long Gulch Trailhead, in our own backyard, for a ribbon cutting ceremony on the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART). ATA and BLM will cut a ribbon crossing the first few feet of the Heart Trail in celebration of ATA's Title II funding to improve trailheads along the ART.

The grant allows us to establish picnic tables and informational kiosks at five trailhead parking areas and make site improvements like grading, gravel and boulders.

The Heart Trail cuts through the heart of the 5700-acre Wellington Wild Lands. This old mining road turned trail provides a 5 mile ridge hike (out and back) with modest elevation gain and incredible views.

Come join us at 10:00 on June 7 for the ribbon cutting ceremony, free food, and superb views. Hike as much of the trail as you want. Discover our back yard wonders!

From Jacksonville travel 4.9 miles southwest on Hwy 238 (towards Ruch) and turn right on Forest Creek Road. Follow the signs to the top of Forest Creek or to carpool, meet at 9:30 at the Bunny Meadows Staging Area (0.7 mile up Forest Creek). www.applegatetrails.org

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again I won’t look any further than my own backyard because if it isn’t there I never really lost it to begin with”. L. Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Applegate Trails Association (ATA) is to create and preserve non-motorized trails in the Applegate Valley, providing recreational and educational access to public lands while protecting our natural resources. 

Welcome to the Applegate Trails Association

The Applegate Trails Association (ATA) is a non-profit Oregon group formed by community residents to develop a system of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails in the mountains of the Applegate Valley.

ATA is cooperating with public land agencies, community organizations, and private landowners to preserve and connect historic trails for future generations.

Our aim is to conserve our valley’s valuable resources―the land, the views, and the biodiversity―for the non-motorized enjoyment of people of all ages and levels of ability.


Cfertalaria.jpgThe Applegate Ridge Trail

Join us on a hike along the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), our first project. As shown on the map, follow the ridges that overlook the Middle Applegate. Be prepared to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Applegate River Valley, the Rogue River Valley and beyond. Traverse the trail with serenity as you breathe in the refreshing mountain air and delight in the majestic forests that define the Siskiyou Mountains. Enjoy a journey into history as you imagine how Native Americans and pioneers first experienced this land. Lose yourself in reflection as you walk in the beauty above the Applegate Valley.  

The Applegate Ridge Trail will be accessible from various trailheads in the Applegate and Rogue Valleys. Covering a broad range of ecosystems, our premier trail will showcase the rich flora and fauna of the Middle Applegate. With segments of varying lengths, the trail will appeal to trail lovers of all skill levels.

Join Us!

Because you enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and believe in the value of an Applegate trail system, join us in the field. Help us rediscover old trails, build and develop new ones, plan and conduct ATA events, and more. Donations are always appreciated. If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, please call David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or email david@applegatetrails.org.