Directions: Sterling Creek Trailhead
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. 1/2 mile down Cady Rd., take the second right onto Sterling Creek Road. Go 4 miles. A sign marks the turnoff for the trail. Another navigation method is to find the 4-mile marker on Sterling Creek Road, then about 125 yards past the marker turn right and proceed up the gravel road 0.6 miles to the trailhead. Also, this trailhead is a place, East Applegate Ridge Trail, in Google Maps.
If coming from Ruch/Applegate, take Hwy 238 towards Jacksonville and in approximately 5.5 miles, (at the top of Jacksonville Hill), turn right onto Cady Road. Follow the directions as noted above.
Directions: Hwy 238 Trailhead near Ruch
From Jacksonville take Hwy 238 west, about 5 miles. You'll cross Jacksonville summit and head 3 miles down towards Ruch. About 300 yards past Forest Creek Road (at the end of the guard rail) you will see a sign for the East Applegate Ridge Trail. Turn left on to the dirt road heading up the hill and slightly right. In a couple 100 yards you'll be in the parking lot.
WARNING TO EQUESTRIANS:
While equestrians are welcome please be advised that there are several narrow sections of the trail that cross steep slopes, and a couple tight switchbacks. Therefore most riders choose to avoid this trail.
ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT RIDE WHEN IT'S RAINING, AND FOR THREE DAYS THEREAFTER. GIVE IT A CHANCE TO DRY OUT. RIDING WHEN IT'S MUDDY DAMAGES THE TRAIL AND SANTA'S ELVES WON'T COME FIX IT.