Sterling Mine Ditch Trail

Brochure and Map

brochure Sterling Mine Ditch Trail - Brochure and Map

Brochure and Map of Sterling Mine Ditch Trail in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

WILD ROGUE Welcome to STERLING MINE DITCH TRAIL! Take a trip back in time on the historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. The ditch carried water from the Little Applegate River to operate hydraulic giants used on Sterling Creek for gold mining. Construction of the 26.5-mile-long ditch in 1877 employed up to 400 workers, many of them Chinese laborers. Today, the ditch is used by hikers, trail runners, equestrians, and mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. The trail passes through oak and ponderosa pine woods, madrone groves, fir forests, and open grassy areas with excellent views of the mountains and Little Applegate River. The spring wildflower show is spectacular! Know before you go open year round for hikers and trail runners. Equestrians and mountain bikers should avoid using the trail after significant rains. Wolf Gap trailhead is closed to mountain bikes year-round. No Fees. Day use only. seven trailheads allow for trips of various lengths. Restrooms and water are not available; carry your own water. dogs are allowed and must be under control. Respect private property and stay on trails. watch for ticks, poison oak, rattlesnakes, and other trail users. directions From Jacksonville, follow Highway 238 for 7.6 miles; turn left on Upper Applegate Road. After 2.8 miles, turn left on Little Applegate Road. Drive 3 miles to intersection with Sterling Creek Road. To access the Bear Gulch, Tunnel Ridge, and Little Applegate trailheads, continue on Little Applegate Road. To access the Grub Gulch, Deming Gulch, Armstrong Gulch, and Wolf Gap trailheads, turn left on Sterling Creek Road. Contact info point of interest 3040 Biddle Rd Medford, OR 97504 541-618-2200 BLM_OR_MD_Mail@blm.gov The trail is maintained with help from the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) and community volunteers. Visit SUTA’s Web site to see how you can help: sutaoregon.org

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