SUNDAY COUNTRY DRIVE
Back in the 50’s and 60’s when gas was cheap, folks would often load-up in the family car for a “Sunday Drive.” The Applegate Trails Association (ATA) invites you on a guided Sunday drive on the proposed West ART (Applegate Ridge Trail). We meet Sunday, October 21, 9 a.m. at the Applegate Store. From there, we will drive around the west end of the ridge separating the Applegate River from the Rogue River. Access to the ridge-top is via Savage Creek off of Rogue River Highway. The drive east along the top of the ridge will give us glorious panoramic views into both the Applegate and Rogue Valleys. Looking down on places many of us recognize really enhances the experience. We will stop occasionally to enjoy the scenery but we will not be hiking on this car tour.
Pet owners with well-behaved animals might want to bring them along. Some of our approximately 60 mile route will be on sometimes poorly-maintained gravel roads. Bring a little food and drink and join our caravan for lunch in the clouds. Cheap gas is a thing of the past – so carpooling will be available. For additional information, contact the tour leader David Calahan (541-899-1226) firstname.lastname@example.org or check our website calendar.
ATA is a non-profit Oregon group formed by community residents to develop a system of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails in the Applegate Valley. Our main project, the “ART,” would primarily run along the ridge line from the Grants Pass Cathedral Hills Trail System to the Jacksonville Forest Park Trail System. The ART would also connect to the proposed Jack-Ash Trail, from Jacksonville to Ashland and eventually onto the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). Connector trails into the Applegate Valley are also proposed. Over 90% of the ART and all of the connector trails are on BLM managed lands. Your support is appreciated with tax deductible donations accepted at P.O. Box 115, Jacksonville, OR 97530 or on our website www.applegatetrails.org. Thank you and happy trails.