Managed by BLM, the Sterling Mine Ditch was built in 1877 to bring water from the Little Applegate River to power hydraulic mining.
The Little Applegate Recreation Site is often used as the TH, although that results in a slightly inverted ride profile.
The berm follows the terrain, resulting in a relatively smooth ride even while traversing many hillside drainages. In places the berm has eroded to ditch level.
Berm riding presents some hillside exposure, which may be too challenging for beginners. The trail leaves the ditch at the eastern terminus, with other diversions to avoid erosion.
The southern exposure and drainage provided by the bern make it possible to ride year round.
The ride passes through typical Siskiyou forest, with oak, madrone, manzanita, and pine..and poison oak. So be careful if wandering away from the trail.
Contact Rogue Valley MTB Assn if interested in helping with trail maintenance or for trail information.
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail
Bear Gulch Trail, Tunnel Ridge Trail, Wolf Gap Trail
Flumet Flat Campground, Jackson Campground, Little Applegate Recreation Site, Wrangle Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.