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East Applegate Ridge Trail (ART)

Intermediate
 4.5 (19)

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


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Point to Point

3,192' 973 m

High

1,827' 557 m

Low

1,671' 509 m

Up

474' 144 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

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 and a picnic table 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 room here for 10-15 vehicles, a picnic table, and a pit toilet (but no water). 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 hike 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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Shared By:

Norm Young with improvements by Bruce Hope

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 19 votes

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in Medford

#324

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#6

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#324

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Photos

Close to start from the bottom entrance.
Jun 24, 2021 near Jackson…, OR
Late winter meadows along the ridge top.
Mar 1, 2021 near Jackson…, OR
Along the upper part of the trail, with Tallowbox Mountain in the distance.
Mar 1, 2021 near Jackson…, OR
Looking west just off the high point of the ridge part of the trail.
Mar 20, 2019 near Jackson…, OR
Sunset, from the Ridge Trail.
Mar 20, 2019 near Jackson…, OR
Open slopes above the lower trailhead.
Nov 22, 2017 near Jackson…, OR

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Feb 19, 2022
Bruce Hope
Jan 30, 2022
Henry Seurer
A beautiful trial, but we ran out of time, but we will walk the entire trail next time. 4mi — 2h 00m
Dec 4, 2021
Tim Owings
Jun 24, 2021
Pacific Northwest
First hike on this trail since a total knee replacement. Need to get in shape again. Will do more miles as I get stronger. Lovely hike. 3mi — 1h 30m
May 2, 2021
Ciarra Danielle Holub
10.6mi
Feb 28, 2021
Bruce Hope
Nov 6, 2020
Dman Smith
Sep 26, 2020
Matthew Sutton
Wonderful trail! 4mi