The Applegate Trails Association


Our Mission:   We build and maintain non-motorized public trails in the Applegate Valley, including the Applegate Ridge Trail. 

The East Applegate Ridge Trail (East ART) is the result of a cooperative effort between the BLM and the Applegate Trails Association, and made possible by volunteers and supporters like you.   Enjoy your trail!


Hike this very beautiful 5.6-mile eastern section of the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), located above the Applegate Valley.  Known as the East ART, this section of trail is on the eastern end of the of a proposed 50-mile ART extension into the Klamath Siskiyou highlands.

Hikers can park at a roomy trailhead accessed from a gravel road off Sterling Creek Road, hike a few hours on a gorgeous trail of easy to moderate difficulty and if desired descend through the woods to a smaller, as yet undeveloped, trailhead on Hwy 238, between Forest Creek Road and Longanecker Road.

Directions: The east trailhead is located at the end of BLM road 38-2-29.1.

If you are traveling on Highway 238 from Jacksonville toward the Applegate Valley, go approximately 2.8 miles to Jacksonville Summit.  At the Summit, take a LEFT onto Cady Road.

(If you are driving on Highway 238 from the Murphy/Applegate side, take a RIGHT onto Cady Road.)

Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto Sterling Creek Road. About 125 yards past the 4-mile marker on Sterling Creek Road turn right and proceed 0.6 miles to the trailhead.


The access road is rough but passable for most vehicles.

Vision: A 50-mile long Applegate Ridge Trail from Jacksonville to Grants Pass

The Applegate Valley and surrounding Siskiyou Mountains provide some of the best non-motorized trails in Southern Oregon (if not in the Pacific Northwest!). Whether you are a hiker, equestrian, or mountain biker, the recreation in our valley is nonpareil. The Applegate Trails Association (ATA) leads an ambitious project–the proposed Applegate Ridge Trail (affectionately referred to as the ART).   The trail is envisioned to connect from the Cathedral Hills trail system in Grants Pass, to Jacksonville and even Ashland through the JackAsh Trail being championed by SUTA the Siskiyou Uplands Trail Association.   

The 50-mile ART trail will follow the ridges that overlook the Middle Applegate and cover a broad range of ecosystems, such as majestic forests, flower-filled meadows, open fields, and lush riparian zones, showcasing the rich flora and fauna of the Middle Applegate. Users will be able to access the trail from various trailheads in the Applegate and Rogue valleys and to hike the whole trail, or segments of varying lengths, enjoying the mountain serenity beyond the noise and clamor of the world in the valleys below.


The next Leg is the Center ART connecting the E. ART to the Humbug Creek roadhead.  

The Vision: ATA plans to extend the ART so that it will link the Cathedral Hills trail system in Grants Pass with the Jacksonville Forest Park trail system, where it meets  the“JackAsh Trail” in Jacksonville. The JackAsh Trail is under construction by the Siskiyou Uplands Trails Association (SUTA). Once the ART and the JackAsh trails are fully complete, hikers will be able to walk a continuous trail system from Grants Pass to Jacksonville to Ashland and beyond to the PCT.

Walking the Wild Applegate
Blazing the 80-mile Trail From Ashland to Grants Pass, Oregon

Video: "Walking the Wild Applegate" 22 minutes


This remarkable film follows the trailblazing effort, by conservationist and author Luke Ruediger, and prior  ATA Board Member Josh Weber, as they hike and bushwack, existing and new trail connections between Ashland and Grants Pass, Oregon.


Watch awe-inspiring wilderness and natural habitat that is, amazingly, within a dozen miles of the most populated region in southern Oregon. 


Josh and Luke discuss the biological, historical and cultural importance of the rare and exquisitely beautiful Klamath Siskiyou mountains surrounding the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois valleys.

Narrations by David Calahan, prior Chairman of the Applegate Trails Association, along with Luke and volunteer supporters.


Produced by the Applegate Trails Association