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East Applegate Ridge Trail (ART)

Intermediate

Trail

5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer point to point
85% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,671' 509 m
Descent: -474' -144 m
High: 3,192' 973 m
Low: 1,827' 557 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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A fun trail with killer views that forms part of the Jack-Ash project.

Norm Young

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

This is a multi-use trail. Be alert for traffic in both directions.

Description

There are now two trailheads available. The just completed lower trailhead is off Highway 238 about 5.3 miles south of Jacksonville, Oregon. There is room here for 10-12 vehicles but there are no other amenities (water or toilet). The upper trailhead is off Sterling Creek Road just over 4 miles south from its junction with Cady Road. There is also room here for 10-12 vehicles but there are no other amenities (water or toilet). There are signs for both trailheads but they are small and easy to miss.

A popular option is to arrange a shuttle between the two trailheads so you can hike down the trail, thus enjoying its wonderful views without having to do any significant climbing.

If you're climbing from the bottom, pick a cool day, as there's a fair amount of sun exposure (which is very nice in fall/winter/spring) as you climb out to the top. Once on the ridge, it's an easy and very scenic run to the end of the trail and parking area. You'll have your pick of the views and they are all good as there are sections with some fairly steep exposure!

This is a fun one in either direction, just make sure to fill out the register, so the BLM knows all the love this new excellent trail is getting!

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Oct 5, 2018
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  4.1 from 8 votes

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#6120

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#158

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#6,120

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The trail traverses a forest on north-facing slopes
Nov 22, 2017 near Jackson…, OR
Open slopes above the lower trailhead.
Nov 22, 2017 near Jackson…, OR
Upper Applegate River Valley
Nov 22, 2017 near Jackson…, OR
Open meadows along the East ART
Nov 22, 2017 near Jackson…, OR
Upper Applegate Valley and the Siskiyou Crest
Nov 22, 2017 near Jackson…, OR
Descending to the Highway 238 side, spring of 2017 when the trail was still being made.
Mar 20, 2019 near Jackson…, OR

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