Hello friends of the Applegate Trails Association,
We have exciting news we want to share with you! We have received a grant from REI for $10,000 to start building the first section of the Applegate Ridge Trail, the East Applegate Ridge Trail or the East ART. At about 7 miles, the East ART starts approximately 10 miles southwest of Medford, Oregon, off Sterling Creek Road and runs generally northwest at a gentle grade on the slopes high above Bishop Creek to end at Hwy 238 near Forest Creek. We have been working hard with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the winter and spring to mark this trail and have it checked for endangered plants and cultural sites. The whole process is moving along well. Actual trail building may start this fall after fire season ends.
For the big picture, the proposed 40 mile long ART will connect the Grants Pass Cathedral Hills trails system to the Jacksonville Forest Park trails system and to the proposed Jack-Ash Trail. The Jack-Ash Trail will run along the ridges from Jacksonville to Ashland and onto the Pacific Crest Trail and the ART would primarily run along the ridges separating the Applegate Valley from the Rogue Valley. An additional 30 miles of proposed connector trails would link the ART to a number of access points in the Applegate Valley. Over 90% of the ART and the connector trails are on BLM lands. Much of the ART runs along the highly scenic northern edge of the incredibly diverse Siskiyou Mountains.
Building 7 miles of trail along the side of a ridge is a prodigious undertaking. While some of the work is and will be provided by volunteer labor, in the interest of time and expertise, much of the work will be hired out. We roughly estimate that the cost to be around $20,000 when all is said and done. REI’s wonderful grant will go a long way toward getting this done!
Stay tuned for more updates and an announcement of our annual fund raiser in September. This year we will be putting on an educational and fun event we’re calling “The Call of the Wild.”
Thanks for your support,
Applegate Trails Association Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.