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  • Get Out: May 6, 2010

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  • Annual BLM Table Rock Hikes
    Free, guided spring hikes on the Upper and Lower Table Rocks, offered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy, 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, 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.
    Sunday, 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.
    Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.: Upper Table Rock — Entomologist Peter Schroeder, associate professor at SOU, checks out bugs on the mesa.
    Sunday, May 16, 10 a.m.: Upper Table Rock, Gwyn Myer, BLM environmental interpretation specialist, looks at relationship between people and plants through the years.
    Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Illustrator William Reed steps out on a nature sketch trip. Participation limited to 14 individuals.
    Sunday, 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, May 15: Difficult, nine-mile hike to Stein Butte. Leader is Darin Banner: 541-531-7623.
    Saturday, May 22: Eight-mile, cross-country hike to Parsnip Lakes; moderate to difficult. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards: 541-210-0204.
    Saturday, May 29: Moderate, seven-mile hike at Howard Prairie. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
    Guided Mushroom Hike
    Sunday, May 16: Northwest Nature Shop will sponsor a guided mushroom hike with local mushroom expert John Teem. The emphasis will be on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Edible and poisonous varieties will be discussed. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10:30 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $15 per person. Space is limited so sign up early. To register or for more information, call 541-482-3241 or go online to www.northwestnatureshop.com.
    KS Wild hikes
    Saturday, 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 in Ashland 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 laurel@kswild.org or 541-488-5789 for more info.
    Saturday, 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 already are bounding back in spectacular profusion,” organizers say. 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 laurel@kswild.org or 541-488-5789 for more info.
    Saturday, 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 more than 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 laurel@kswild.org or 541-488-5789 for more info.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, May 8: 10K “Vintage Faire” walk in Medford. Meet at the Medford Center parking lot on Jackson Street at 8 a.m. Call 541-326-7583.
    Saturday, May 22: 10K walk through Ashland's Railroad District, Lithia Park and the Southern Oregon University Campus. The starting point is at the Stratford Inn, 555 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, where maps are available. The 8 a.m. starting time is optional. This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, and dogs are not allowed in Lithia Park. This is an American Volksport Association special event sanctioned walk.
    Lithia Park walks
    Through Sept. 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.
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