New London Trail

Jacksonville, OR 97530 US

named after copper mining operation
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New London Trail - As the trail switchbacks up from Elliott Creek to the ridge, the mixed hardwood and coniferous forest makes for a lovely understory ecosystem which supports a variety of species from White Trillium (Trillium ovatum) to a delicate endemic plant such as the Applegate Gooseberry (Ribes marshallii), to the rarer Rock Fern (Aspidotis densa). Bring along a plant identification book to see how many species you can key out along your walk to the ridge.

The New London Trail derived its name from a very brief and small time copper mining operation (circa 1910'a-30;s) on Elliott Creek Ridge named "New-London Claims". The trail crosses into California and adits (an almost horizontal passageway to a mine) from the past claims are visible along the route. Please use caution entering these adits. As the trail switchbacks up from Elliott Creek to the ridge, the mixed hardwood and coniferous forest makes for a lovely understory ecosystem which supports a variety of species from White Trillium (Trillium ovatum) to a delicate endemic plant such as the Applegate Gooseberry (Ribes marshallii), to the more rare Rock Fern (Aspidotid densa). Bring along a plant identification book to see how many species can be keyed out along the walk to the ridge.

A loop may be made by following Elliott Ridge along the Stein Butte Trail #929 to its trailhead at Seattle Bar and walking the three mile section of road back to the New London Trailhead. Please remember to carry plenty of water as the few sources that may be available along this route in early spring to midsummer have not been tested for safety.

Directions from Ruch: Travel south on County Road 859 13 miles past the Star Ranger Station and to the junction with Carberry Creek road. Turn left and proceed 1.5 miles to the junction of Forest Roads #1040 and #1050. The 1040 road takes a sharp turn to the right. Follow 1050 straight ahead for approximately 3 miles to the designated trailhead.

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New London Trail

OR 97530 US

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