Sterling Mine Ditch - Bear Gulch to Little Applegate 1-17-18

Photos by Bob, Dan and Keeley

Twelve of us decided to spend the day outside, enjoying the elements and adventures that came our way.  The weather was cooperating nicely, with high 40’s to start under partly cloudy skies.  However, our chosen route to the trailhead was not the best idea, yet 5 years ago, when we last did this hike, the gravel road was well maintained.  Oh well, we did finally make it to the trailhead after navigating many potholes, some with a lot of water. 

The trail was in good shape and some of the views were good.  Our lunch spot was outstanding, but it was 5.8 miles into the hike and 12:30 PM before we finally reached the ridge with a view and a good place to stretch/rest our legs.  The sun was out and it felt like 70 degrees on the ridge.  Lunch was enjoyed and we took our time restarting the hike back to the shuttle car. 

Refreshments were enjoyed at Boomtown, since we decided to drive the longer, but much smooooother route home.  We all decided that this should be an annual hike.

Keeley

Ashland Hiking Home

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