Sterling Mine Ditch Trail/ACEC
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. * 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. POINT OF INTEREST: The trail is maintained with help from the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) [http://www.sutaoregon.org] and community volunteers.