The East Applegate Ridge Trail

The East ART

THE EASH APPLEGATE RIDGE TRAIL:  The new and very beautiful 5.6-mile East ART is on the eastern end of the of the proposed 50-mile Applegate Ridge Trail (ART) is open to the public as of 2017.   This trail is the result of a cooperative development between the BL M and the Applegate Trails Association. 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.  There is an alternate end entry off Hwy 238 near the intersection of Forest Creek Rd..   

 

Sterling Creek Rd. Entrance:   The East ART is easily accessed, close to urban centers and can be hiked year around. Coming from the Sterling Creek trailhead (3056’ elevation) the first half of the trail averages a gentle 3% grade. When Bishop Creek and the incredible views of Ruch are left behind you have begun the second half and the descent to Hwy 238.

 

A favorite way to see the entire trail is to do a thru hike. Leave a vehicle at the temporary parking spot off Hwy 238 (1774’ elevation) and drive a second vehicle around to the Sterling Creek trailhead. Do the thru hike (in about 3 hours), and drive back to get the vehicle at the main trailhead.

 

To find the road where the trail (BLM road 38-3-14.1) comes out on Hwy 238, follow these directions. Coming from Jacksonville this flat parking spot is on the right 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.  The poarkling lot, kiosk and picnic table are up to the left.

This trial is a winner all around and one of the most beautiful in the Applegate – for its forests, oak savannas, wildflowers, grassy hillsides, and, especially, open slopes that provide those fantastic views. However, slopes open to fantastic views are also slopes open to the sun, great in the winter but in the summer, this can be a hot trail. Bring plenty of water and wear a hat!

Directions

Sterling Creek Road Entry: 
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.

 

From Jacksonville on Highway 238  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.  About 125 yards past the 4-mile marker on Sterling Creek Road, turn right and proceed 0.6 miles to the trailhead. 

If coming from Ruch, 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.


    Coming from the Murphy/Applegate side on Hwy 238, ttake a RIGHT onto Cady Road at Jacksonville  Summit 

The access road is rough but passable for most vehicles.   

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Directions

Hwy 238 Entry:
(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. 

If coming from Ruch, 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.

The access road is rough but passable for most vehicles.