Sarah Zigler Interpretive Trail

The Sarah Zigler Interpretive Trail beings in the historic Peter Britt Garden and follows an 1860 water ditch formerly used by Pioneer Peter Britt to water his world famous gardens, and Oregon's oldest Sequoia tree. The trail follows Jackson Creek, the site of Jacksonville's 1852 gold rush. The north facing hillside supports a diverse collection of native plants, including the rare and endangered Gentner's Fritillaria. The complete circle is 2.5 miles.

photo: Cub Scouts working on a Tree Identification Badge at the Sarah  Zigler Trailhead. Photo by Larry B. Smith. Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Begins one block from the downtown district of the National Landmark City of Jacksonville, OR; located in SW Oregon, 20 miles north of the California border, 5 miles west of I-5 and the urban center of the Rogue River Valley, Medfo
States: Oregon
Counties: Jackson
Latitude: 42.31544   Longitude: -122.98269

From Medford, Oregon head west on the Hwy 238 (Jacksonville Highway) six miles to the 5th Street stop sign. Turn right on California Street. Keep heading west three blocks passing through Jacksonville's historic core. Turn left at the stop sign for one block. Turn right on Main Street for one block. Turn uphill on 1st Street for half a block. Stop at the sign annoucing "Britt Park". Walk into the park to the Zigler Trailhead.

Description

The Sarah Zigler Interpretive Trail begins in the historic Peter Britt Gardens, where Peter Britt settled in 1852, built his home and planted gardens that were the foundation of the area's multimillion dollar fruit industry.

From here the trail passes by the famous Britt Sequoia (1862) which many regard as the oldest Sequoia tree in Oregon. The trail then climbs up to the Britt Water Ditch, following the lush creek side beauty of Jackson Creek and The Zigler Woods. It was here that gold was first discovered in 1851, which prompted the famous Jacksonville Gold Rush of 1852.

For the next mile the trail traces through various forest types and alongside old mine tailings. Crossing Jackson Creek the trail climbs through a transitional forest of Ponderosa Pine, Douglas fir, Big Leaf Maple, and Madrone, to the top of a dry ridge consisting mostly of small Oregon White Oak. Views are also enjoyed of the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains.

From the forested ridge line, hikers are able to explore many side trails to "glory holes" and old gold mine diggings. The face of the forest begins to change once more as the trail loops back toward its beginning in Britt park. Entering Britt Park hikers are able to enjoy the lush coolness of the groomed park grounds as they pass the Britt Pavilion, the site of the Britt Music Festivals. Following the down sloping path returns hikers to where they started - at the fieldstone foundation of the old Britt home.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 1,500
Elevation High Point: 1,750
Year Designated: 2000

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
City of Jacksonville
, OR
(541) 899-1231
info@jvwoodlands.org

Trail Management:
Larry Smith
Director
Jacksonville Woodlands Association
P.O. Box 1210
Jacksonville , OR 97530
(541) 899-7402
info@jvwoodlands.org
http://wwwjvwoodlands.org

Trail Management:
public Works/Parks
parks Director
City of Jacksonville
P.O. Box 7
Jacksonville , OR 97530
(541) 899-1231
cemetery_parks@jacksonvilleor.us
http://www.jacksonvilleor.us/

 

Photos

Cub Scouts working on a Tree Identification Badge at the Sarah  Zigler Trailhead. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

Cub Scouts working on a Tree Identification Badge at the Sarah Zigler Trailhead. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

 

3rd graders immensely enjoying themselves while out trail hiking. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

3rd graders immensely enjoying themselves while out trail hiking. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

Cub Scouts learning about Oregon's oldest Sequoia - The Britt Sequoia - an Oregon Heritage Tree - planted 1862. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

Cub Scouts learning about Oregon's oldest Sequoia - The Britt Sequoia - an Oregon Heritage Tree - planted 1862. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

 

Larry Smith, himself a twin, posing with sixth grade twins in front of Jacksonville's oldest and largest Madrone Tree. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

Larry Smith, himself a twin, posing with sixth grade twins in front of Jacksonville's oldest and largest Madrone Tree. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

Panning for gold along the Sara Zigler Trail where Gold was first discovered in 1851. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

Panning for gold along the Sara Zigler Trail where Gold was first discovered in 1851. Photo by Larry B. Smith.

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