Sterling Mine Ditch Trail

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Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is a 18.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jacksonville, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

18.8 miles
2,713 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips




wild flowers


The Sterling Mine Ditch was constructed in 1877 to bring water from the Little Applegate River to Sterlingville, the epicenter of gold mining in Oregon. The Ditch was in use through the 1930s. The Sterling Mine Ditch Trail runs along the berm of the Ditch. Length of SMDT and access trails: 30 miles. Short and long-distance loops are possible using the seven trailheads. Wide diversity of ecosystems: open meadows, deep forests, and great birding. Views of the mountains towards the OR / CA border. The SMDT is open for all non-motorized recreation, including hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, and runners. For short-distance and long-distance outings, and all age groups. Easy access from Rogue and Applegate valleys. The SMDT has been nominated for Oregon State Scenic Trail status (Oregon Parks & Recreation). Parking for horse trailers is available at several trailheads.

2 months ago

Great trail for trail riding. A few downed trees. Saw my first black bear going toward little Applegate trail head. Pretty good climb from bear gulch trail head. Beautiful forest.

trail running
2 months ago

Pretty Trail. Did a short loop.

2 months ago

Boring and Flat trail.

4 months ago