Siskiyou Velo Club
April 17-May 25: The club has scheduled a series of five free rides for bicycle riders who want to get on their bikes and experience riding with others. They all start at 10 a.m. and take place on various segments of the Greenway. You'll feel safe as you learn group-ride etiquette and techniques. The pace will be from 8 to 10 miles per hour. Each ride will stop for a “cuppa” to have social time together. Helmets are required and participants must sign a waiver. For more information, e-mail Phil at email@example.com or telephone Steve at 541-535-1435.
April 17: Start at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix; ride to the BadAss Café, sit outside and schmooze. Ten miles total.
April 24: Start at Hawthorn Park in Medford; ride to Mellelo's Café. Eight miles total.
May 1: Start at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent; ride to a Greenway exit at South Stage Road and stop at a café there. Ten miles total.
May 8: Start at Bear Creek Park in Medford; ride to Talent and stop at the Downtown Café for 14 miles total.
May 15: Start at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix; ride to the Ashland Dog Park, where coffee and treats will be served. Fourteen miles total.
Saturday: East Orchards Ride; Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dog Park in Ashland; 28 miles, moderate pace (12-14 mph). Contact Wil Thomson: 541-482-4201.
April 10: Colver Park to Gold Hill. Meet at 10 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix; 55 miles, moderate pace (12-14 mph). Contact Elizabeth/Ron Zell: 541-482-4815.
April 10: Colver Park and up Dead Indian Memorial Road. Meet at 10 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix; 55 miles, brisk pace (14-17 mph). Contact Dennis Cramer: 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: A 20-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. Ride leader is Alex Hayes: 541-857-0819.
Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES
Every Tuesday, women's rides, Grants Pass: From April through October, Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that meets and leaves from their shop at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours on average and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 785 Rogue River Hwy. Contact Richard Amneus: 541-476-4935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail email@example.com.
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: BikeKraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 785 Rogue River Highway. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935 or check out www.bikekraft.com.
Every Thursday, Ashland: Ride organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to reach the trails. Helmets are required. Contact Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935, for further information or check out the Web site at www.roguecycle.com.
Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral Hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Jacksonville Woodlands' 20th anniversary celebration hikes
Saturday: 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.
Annual BLM Table Rock Hikes
Guided spring hikes on the Upper and Lower Table Rocks, offered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy, begin Saturday. The free hikes range from three to five miles round-trip along a moderate-grade trail, and last three to five hours.
Reservations are required. Dress for the weather and bring a lunch and water. No dogs are allowed on the trails. To reserve a space, call the BLM's Medford District office at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Robert Kentta, cultural resources director of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, will discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes who were moved from the Rogue Valley and other parts of western Oregon to the Siletz Reservation. Traditional basketry and regalia will be presented for viewing, weather permitting.
April 10, 10 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Barbara Mumblo, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forrest botanist and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a hike to discover the array of wildflowers.
April 11, 10 a.m.: Upper Table Rock — Lichenologist Scot Loring will look at lichen and mosses in area. Participants should bring a hand lens or other small magnifier.
April 17, 10 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Alex Maksymowicz of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will look at the area's beautiful and unique native flora. Participation limited to 20 individuals.
April 18, 10 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Nature photographer David Sherman will lead camera buffs on this comfortable hike. Just bring a camera and questions.
April 24, 7:30 p.m.: Lower Table Rock loop — Owl experts Vince Zauskey and Bob Quaccia from the Audubon Society talk owl during this half-mile hike. Bring a flashlight. Participation limited to 20 individuals.
April 25, 10 a.m.: Upper Table Rock — Jad D'Allura, geology professor of Southern Oregon University, talks about the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features observed along a hike to the top of this ancient lava flow.
May 1, 10 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Retired archaeologist and historian Jeff Lalande, discusses the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the area during the conflicts of the 1850s.
May 2, 10 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Certified nutritionist Michael Altman, a member of the American Herbalists Guild who teaches at Southern Oregon University and the College of the Siskiyous, talks about the role plants play to improve health and overcome disease. He will also identify a number of species found on Lower Table Rock and discuss their medicinal uses.
May 8, 8:30 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Harry Fuller, a Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and veteran birder, leads trip to view the spring birds. Participation limited to 15 individuals.
May 9, 10 a.m.: Upper Table Rock — Spend Mother's Day with Molly Allen, a BLM environmental interpretation specialist, on a family hike focusing on wildflowers, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.
May 15, 10 a.m.: Upper Table Rock — Entomologist Peter Schroeder, associate professor at SOU, checks out bugs on the mesa.
May 16, 10 a.m.: Upper Table Rock, Gwyn Myer, BLM environmental interpretation specialist, looks at relationship between people and plants through the years.
May 22, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Illustrator William Reed steps out on a nature sketch trip. Participation limited to 14 individuals.
May 23, 10 a.m.: Lower Table Rock — Sean Anderson, BLM wildlife biological technician, and Heather Armstrong, a BLM environmental interpreter, lead a trip to explore the rich natural world on the picturesque rock.
Sierra Club hikes
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.
Saturday: Susan MacKinnon, author of “Flowers of the Table Rocks,” will lead a wildflower walk to Lower Table Rock. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 9 a.m. to carpool. Bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes. Space is limited. Sign up in advance by calling 541-482-3241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $10 per person.
April 24: Herb walk led by Debbie Lukas of Siskiyou Mountain Herbs in Cave Junction will explore the array of wild and domestic medicinal plants that grow in the Siskiyou region. Meet at Illinois River Forks State Park at 10 a.m. During the two-hour walks, participants will discuss identifying characteristics, habitat, collection techniques, preparation and uses of herbal plants. Cost is $5 to 15. Preregistration is not necessary, though some supplies are recommended. For details, contact Lukas at 541-592-3386.
Rogue Valley Walkers
April 24: Meet at 9 a.m. for a 10K walk of “historic” Grants Pass at Rays Food Place on 7th Street in Grants Pass. There is also a 5K option. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Pear Blossom Run
April 10: Registration is open for the 34th annual Pear Blossom 10-mile and 5K runs. Both events are chip-timed. Go to www.pearblossomrun.com for online registration or information. Printed entry forms are available at the Medford Parks and Recreation Department, Medford Visitors Bureau, Rogue Valley Family YMCA and Rogue Valley Mall.
Bridge The Gap Run
April 24: Sixth annual event features a 5K and 10K run starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $15 by April 19. Day of race cost is $20.
For details e-mail email@example.com or go to www.bridgethegaprun.com.
Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs
July 10: The 12th annual trail run includes a 50K and 15K event. The race starts at the Mt. Ashland Lodge and proceeds west on a combination of trail and dirt roads. Registration is limited to 225 runners in each event. Go to www.siskiyououtback.com to register. Proceeds from the race benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
April 7: Audubon Society first-Wednesday birdwalk to Little Butte Creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. on TouVelle Road in the northeast section of the Denman Wildlife Area near White City. Leader is Denny Niebuhr, 541-482-6589.
April 18: Rogue Valley Audubon Society third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street. Leader is Harry Fuller; call 541-488-8077.
April 24: 2010 Birdathon is a fundraiser for the Rogue Valley Audubon Society in which teams of up to four birders compete to identify the most species in a 24-hour period. Teams round up sponsors to pledge a dollar amount per species. Organizer is Harry Fuller. Contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 8-9: Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip to the Oregon Coast led by RVAS field trip coordinator Ron Ketchum. Group will meet at 8 a.m. May 8 in the parking lot at Face Rock State Overlook on Beach Loop Road in Bandon. Bring water and lunch; group will bird till 3 p.m. On May 9, meet at 8 a.m. at Bandon Marsh parking area, on Riverside Drive NE, and bird till noon. This is Mother's Day weekend, so early lodging reservations are advised. To join other birders for dinner on Friday and/or Saturday, or to join a carpool, e-mail or call Bill Hering: email@example.com; 541-488-5886.