• Get Out: March 25, 2010

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  • Jacksonville Woodlands' 20th Anniversary Celebration Hikes
    March 27-April 17: Jacksonville celebrates its popular trail system with four community hikes. The trail system includes 21 properties, 16 miles of interpretive and hiking trails and 320 acres of native woodlands
    March 27: Britt and Zigler trails, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guided 3.5-mile hike of the historic Britt Estate and Zigler parcel. Learn how and why these properties were conveyed to public ownership. Hike starts at the Rich Gulch Trailhead and proceeds along the Britt Ridge-Rich Gulch trails before returning via the Jane Naversen, Jackson Forks and Sarah Zigler trails. Hike ends back at Britt Park and includes viewing of the famous Britt Sequoia. Meet at the upper Britt parking lot behind the Britt Pavilion; far southwest end of West Fir Street. Comfort stop available at the trailhead.
    April 3: Beekman Woods, Beekman Arboretum and the Grove, 10 a.m. to noon. This three-mile loop hike showcases the Beekman Woods — the place where the whole Woodlands project began in 1989. The hike will circle down to Doc Griffin Park and return to the Beekman House parking area via East California Street. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Beekman House parking area off East California Street and Laurelwood Drive.
    April 10: This 4-mile hike of Rich Gulch, Panorama Point, French Gulch will provide a chance to learn the history of several land parcels including, Burkhalter, BLM, Britt, Bagley and Beebe. Also, learn about gold mining history at the famous Chinese Diggings site. Hike sections of the Rich Gulch Trail to Panorama Point, the French Gulch, Chinese Diggings, Beebe Woods, Petard Ditch Trail and the Boy Scout trail on along Jackson Creek. Meet at the upper Britt parking lot behind the Britt Pavilion, far end of West Fir Street; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    April 17: Annual Hike-A-Thon and dedication of “Liz's Trail.” Registration for the annual hike-a-thon starts at 9:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Doc Griffin Park in downtown Jacksonville. Registration is $20, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. JWA program starts at 10 a.m. The first hike at 10:40 (2.5 miles) will proceed up Pine Street to the Rich Gulch Trailhead for the unveiling of a JWA plaque and proceed along the Rich Gulch Trail, Britt Ridge Trail and return back on the Sarah Zigler Trail. Then it's back to Doc Griffin Park for lunch provided by Jacksonville Chiropractic Clinic from noon to 1:30. Starting at 10 a.m., program will include numerous speakers and events.
    Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings
    March Friday-Sunday: Ski weekend in Sisters/Bend. All levels; call Stefanie at 541-776-3987.
    April 3: Formal ski (costumes). Location to be determined; call Stefanie at 541-776-3987.
    Sierra Club hikes
    Saturday: Moderate hike, Little Hyatt Lake, weather dependant; Contact Carol Walker at 541-488-8517 or Carol Ingelson at 541-245-6380.
    April 10: Moderate, eight-mile hike at Pilot Rock. Leader is Cathy Edwards, 541-210-0204.
    April 17: Very strenuous 10-mile snowshoe on Mount McLoughlin. Leader is Darin Banner 541-531-7623.
    April 24: Moderate seven-mile hike in Jacksonville Woodlands. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 541-488-8517 and Carol Ingelson; 541-245-6380.
    May 15: Difficult nine-mile hike to Stein Butte. Leader is Darin Banner, 541-531-7623.
    May 22: Eight-mile, cross-country hike to Parsnip Lakes; moderate to difficult. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards, 541-210-0204.
    May 29: Moderate, seven-mile hike at Howard Prairie. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
    Crater Lake Snowshoe walks
    Through April 25: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Crater Lake National Park. The walks last about 90 minutes and cover one mile of moderately strenuous terrain. There is no cost, and snowshoes are provided free of charge. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended. Sign up at the Visitor Center or by calling 541-594-3100. Participants should be at least 8 years old. Come prepared with warm, water-resistant clothing and footwear.
    Herb walks
    Saturday: Three rain-or-shine spring herb walks led by Debbie Lukas of Siskiyou Mountain Herbs in Cave Junction will be held to explore the vast array of wild and domestic medicinal plants that grow in the Siskiyou region. The first two will be held at the Illinois River Forks State Park from 10 a.m. to noon on March 27 and April 24. The third, from 10 a.m. to noon on May 22, will examine herbs that can be grown in a garden, as demonstrated at the home of Siskiyou Mountain Herbs, the Frog Farm, 9044 Takilma Road (nine miles southeast of Cave Junction). During the walks the class will discuss identifying characteristics, habitat, collection techniques, preparation and uses of herbal plants. The cost is $5 to 15 per walk. Preregistration is not necessary, though some supplies are recommended. For details, contact Lukas at 541-592-3386.
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