Many in the Applegate Valley support non-motorized trail development and maintenance. We see non-motorized recreational opportunities as a benefit to our community and economy. We also promote non-motozried recreation as a way to connect with our local wildlands and build a deeper sense of place and appreciation for the Siskiyou Mountains. Two trail groups located within the Applegate Valley have joined the Applegate Neighborhood Network as non-profit members: the Applegate Trails Association (ATA) and Siskiyou Uplands Trails Association (SUTA). Together the groups have proposed an interconnected non-motorized trail system that would extend east to west across the foothills of the Applegate Valley from Ashland, Oregon to Grants Pass, Oregon. The Jack-Ash Trail, proposed by SUTA ,would extend from Jacksonville to Ashland through the foothills of the Little Applegate Valley. The Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), proposed by ATA, will extend from Sterling Creek Road to the Cathedral Hills of Grants Pass. The route will follow the mountains through a connectivity corridor consisting of numerous small unroaded wildlands and a few larger roadless areas in the Middle Applegate watershed. SUTA also helps to maintain the popular Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, while ATA maintains the trail system at Cantrall-Buckley County Park on the Applegate River.
The Williams Community Forest Project (WCFP) is also currently promoting the Layton Ditch Trail, maintaining the trail for public use and advocating for State Scenic Trail Designation. The Layton Ditch Trail follows an old mining ditch for over 20 miles across the foothills of the Williams Valley.
ANN advocates for non-motorized recreation, the protection of unroaded areas, and "quiet" recreational pursuits that are compatible with our community and conservation values. We are working with residents in the Applegate Valley to promote non-motorized trail use, low impact recreation, and the protection of unroaded areas.
ANN, SUTA, ATA, and WCFP regularly lead hikes into the wild and unique places of our region. Please join us!