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, are under way. 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, 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.
Sunday, 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 also will 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
Saturday: 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
Saturday-Sunday: This is the final weekend of the year for ranger-guided snowshoe walks at Crater Lake National Park. The walks start at 1 p.m., 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.
Native Plant Society outings
Saturday: Field trip to Illinois Valley “Serpentine Surprise.” Hike leader Norm Jensen will search out serpentine endemics and southwestern Oregon spring flowers. Destination dependent on where the plants are blooming best. Meet at 9 a.m. in Selma at the south side of Ray's Market parking lot on Highway 199 between Grants Pass and Cave Junction. The trip is free and open to all. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday: Field trip to Whetstone Savanna Preserve. Nature Conservancy ecologist Keith Perchemlides and Molly Morrison will lead a tour of the ODOT Mitigation Bank and Whetstone Savanna Preserve. This is a great opportunity to see the vernal pools, prairie openings and oak wood habitats without driving between sites. Twelve-person limit. Contact Sasha Joachims at email@example.com or 541-661-3492 to register and get information about meeting time and place.
May 1: Field trip to Lower Table Rock. Sasha Joachims will lead a hike to enjoy the transition of habitats and resulting plant diversity. It is 1.74 miles to the top and moderately difficult. Plan four hours for the round-trip hike. Bring water, sturdy shoes and snacks or lunch. Water is not available along the trail or at the trailhead. From Interstate 5, take Exit 33. Head east one mile on East Pine Street and turn north at the signal onto Table Rock Road. Drive 10 miles to Wheeler Road and turn west. The trailhead is accessible off Wheeler Road. The trip is free and open to all. Contact Joachims at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-661-3492.
S.O. Land Conservancy hike
Today: Upper Table Rock hike, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the Upper Table Rock trailhead on Modoc Road. Bring comfortable shoes and lunch. The hike is an easy, 2.8 mile roundtrip. There is no charge, but space is limited. RSVP to Leslie at 541-482-3069 or email@example.com.
KS Wild hikes
May 15: Explore newly accessible sections of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, which stretches 27 miles through the Little Applegate Valley. Thanks to many hours of trail work by the Siskiyou Uplands Trail Association, long-overgrown sections of this trail are freshly open, and wildflowers should be near their peak. Meet at Evo's Cafe at 9 a.m. or Ruch Country Store at 9:50 a.m. to carpool to trailhead. Group will hike in light rain, but will cancel for more severe weather. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-488-5789 for more info.
June 19: Join KS Wild board member Joseph Flaherty and longtime supporter Greg Walter for a walk along the eastern edge of the Siskiyou Crest above the Illinois Valley and Oregon Caves to Bigelow Lake and Mount Elijah. This botanically rich area is freshly free of livestock grazing and the native wildflowers are already bounding back in spectacular profusion. This trail will gain expansive vistas toward the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and pass through stands of nearly pristine native forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction, at the intersection of Highway 199 and the road to the Oregon Caves. Group will hike in light rain, but will cancel for more severe weather. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them. Contact email@example.com or 541-488-5789 for more info.
July 17: This difficult hike to the top of Wagner Butte, the second-highest peak in the Siskiyou Range, offers extraordinary views of Ashland, the Rogue Valley, the Siskiyou Crest and southern Cascades. Group will hike through second- and old-growth forests, meadows, sagebrush, mountain mahogany and pass by a locally rare grove of Aspen along the summit. The hike is slightly over 10 miles, so arrive prepared for a solid day of hiking. Meet at 9 a.m. at Evo's Cafe in Ashland to carpool to the trailhead. Group will hike in light rain, but will cancel for more severe weather. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-488-5789 for more info.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday: Meet at 9 a.m. at Rays Food Place on 7th Street in Grants Pass for a 10K walk of “historic” Grants Pass. There also is a 5K option. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Lithia Park walks
Through September 29: Free, guided walks in Ashland's Lithia Park start again for the 22nd year on Sunday, May 2. Sponsored by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department, the walks take about 90 minutes. Walks leave at 10 a.m. every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from the Plaza entrance. Saturday walks are added in July and August.
Siskiyou Velo Club
The club has scheduled a series of 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 Bear Creek Greenway. You'll feel safe as you learn group-ride etiquette and techniques. The pace will be from 8 to 10 mph. 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.
Saturday: Start at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix; ride to the BadAss Café, sit outside and schmooze. Ten miles total.
Saturday: 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 Coffeehouse; 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: Woodrat at a scenic pace; 55 miles, moderate pace (12-14 mph). 10am: Meet at Colver Park in Phoenix at 10 a.m. Contact Dave Oliver for details at 541-621-4122.
Sunday: Ashland to Jacksonville via Central Point; 45 miles, moderate pace (12-14 mph). Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dog Park in Ashland. Contact Jonathan Williams for details at 541-488-0330.
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 Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.
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 BIKES 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 its 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.
Saturday: 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.
Tuesday: “What's All the Singing About?” SOU biologist Stewart Janes talks at this month's Audubon Society meeting about what is being communicated in birdsong. Free; 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, corner of Eighth and Holly in downtown Medford. Enter on the parking lot side of the church.
May 5: Audubon Society first-Wednesday birdwalk along 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.
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.
Bridge The Gap Run
Saturday: Sixth annual event features a 5K and 10K run starting at 8:30 a.m. Day of race cost is $20. For details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.bridgethegaprun.com.
Tough As Nails
May 8: 10-mile and 5K mountain trail runs in Prescott Park on Roxy Ann Peak start at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $15 with tech shirt, $8 without by May 1. Day of race entry $10. Parking is limited, so carpool if possible. For more information contact race director Clayton Gillette at 541-535-7212; e-mail at email@example.com or go to the Southern Oregon Runners Web site at www.sorunners.org.
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.
Jacksonville Bike Fest
Saturday-Sunday: The city of Jacksonville is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and the kick-off to the summer-long celebrations will be the Jacksonville Bike Fest Super D and downhill mountain bike races. There also will be a kids' race. The event will be held in Jacksonville's Forest Park, along Reservoir Road off Highway 238, which has a new downhill mountain bike course and reclaimed/rehabilitated motorcycle trails now intended for nonmotorized use. Registration will be taken until an hour before the races, which start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon each day. For more information and to register, visit the promoter's Web site at www.echelonevents.webs.com/apps/links/ or check out the Southern Oregon Freeride Association Web site at www.sofaride.webs.com.
Spring Wildflower Show
Sunday: The Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and Northwest Nature Shop will sponsor a spring wildflower show Sunday, April 25 from noon to 3 p.m. at the NW Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Members of the plant society will collect samples of wildflowers and discuss how to identify many of the flowers on display in Southern Oregon. Attendees will have the chance to ask professional and amateur botanists about the wildflowers blooming in our area and where the best places are to view them. The event is free. For more information call 541-482-3241 or visit www.northwestnatureshop.com.
New Hikes In Southern Oregon
May 6: A slide presentation by William L. Sullivan, Oregon's hiking guru, will take attendees on a multimedia tour of new trails he discovered while researching the recently released third edition of his book, “100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.” The event will be at the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St. in Ashland at 7 p.m. Discover hidden beaches on the Illinois River, explore a Darlingtonia bog at Eight Dollar Mountain, backpack in Northern California's Trinity Alps and find out what new trails are being built at Crater Lake. Sullivan spices his talk with notes on geology, wildlife and history. No charge, but seating is limited. Sponsored by Northwest Nature Shop. For more information, call 541-482-3241 or go to www.northwestnatureshop.com.
Rogue Valley Bird Day Celebration
May 8: Annual celebration will be held at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, from 8 a.m. to noon. Free activities geared for all ages and birding abilities will be offered, including guided bird walks and visits to a mist-netting and bird-banding station. Art activities and child-oriented bird walks will interest young birders. Free “bird-friendly,” shade-grown, organic coffee will be served. A number of local organizations will participate, including Wildlife Images, which will exhibit live birds of prey. A bird-calling contest will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to identify various bird calls and do bird calls themselves. Rogue Valley Bird Day is a local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, which focuses on the journey of migrating birds between their wintering and breeding grounds. For more information visit www.RogueValleyBirdDay.net or call 541-488-6606.
Tule Lake Bird Festival
May 15: Free guided bus tours to local wildlife refuges, airboat rides through Tule Lake Marsh, live bird demonstrations, children's activities and the offerings of wildlife vendors will highlight the festival at the Tule Lake Refuge visitor center 5 miles west of Tulelake, Calif., at 4009 Hill Road. The festival will events for the entire family, including bus tours to Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge, breakfast and lunch options, free posters and other wildlife-related items, children's activities, live music and live bird demonstrations. Events will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. People interested in participating in the air boat rides and refuge bus tours should contact the visitor center at 530-667-2231 for reservations. Space is limited so call early.
Northwest Tandem Rally
July 2-5: Medford will host the 25th Northwest Tandem Rally during the July 4th weekend, and registration is open. Fliers and applications are available at local Rogue Valley bike shops and online at http://nwtr.org/2010/. The annual event, held last year in Victoria, British Columbia, attracts 650 to 900 participants from as far away as Hawaii and Florida. Rally bicyclists will tour Rogue Valley scenic byways throughout the weekend, with routes ranging from 25 to 85 miles. Net proceeds will be donated to Kids Unlimited, Bear Creek Greenway, Rogue River Greenway and Siskiyou Velo. Local sponsors include Jacksonville's Cycle Analysis, Medford Cycle Sports and Freewheel Bicycle Solutions of Talent. For more information, contact event director Edgar Hee at 541-734-4872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.