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East Applegate Ridge Trail (ART)

 5.0 (1)

5.6 Miles 9.0 Kilometers


1,671' 509 m


-474' -144 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (14°)

3,192' 973 m


1,827' 557 m


Shared By Norm Young



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A fun trail with killer views and nice flow that forms part of the JackAsh project.

Norm Young

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Family Friendly Great views and easy access makes this a fun out-and-back or shuttle.

This is a multi-use trail. Be alert for traffic in both directions and prepared to yield appropriately.


The bottom of the trail starts at the currently unfinished parking lot on Highway 238 (there is also a parking area at the top that is accessed from Sterling Creek Road). If parking off of Highway 238, be extremely careful when crossing the highway until the formal parking lot is completed on the trail-side of the road.

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 ride to the end of the trail and parking area. You'll have your pick of the views and they are all good. Just don't forget to keep your bike on the trail, as it's fairly steep exposure!

On the way back down, the miles pass quickly in a fun and flowly descent with a few short climbs. If conditions are warm or your group wants to eliminate the climb, the trail is easy to shuttle, too! You'll have fun either way, 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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This trail was crazy hard, it was so steep we had to walk our bikes for 45 min before we finally gave up, turned around and went down the hill. There was nothing easy or intermediate about it except going down the hill. The parking on Hwy. 238 was sketchy as well, and could not park next to the trail since this was also someone's driveway. No markers or signs for this trail. Nov 24, 2017
Norm Young
Applegate, OR
Norm Young   Applegate, OR
There's quite a climb up from 238, and the parking lot, which I hear is in progress (See the Applegate Trails Association) isn't even started yet. The best approach if you don't want to climb (which is very doable...just be in shape) from 238, is to go to the upper parking lot off of Sterling Creek Road and ride it as an out and back. If you are up for the climb (great in winter, fall, spring), just park across from the trail where it joins 238 (there's plenty of room on that side of 238), but be careful about crossing 238 to get to the trail on the opposite side; cars are going at least 60mph on this section! Jul 24, 2018

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