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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
Tough As Nails
Saturday, 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Southern Oregon Runners Web site at www.sorunners.org.
Saturday, May 22: The 13.1-mile race, sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store, begins at 9 a.m. at North Mountain Park in Ashland. Participants can register at Rogue Valley Runners, 161 E. Main St., by Friday, May 21. Early entry fee is $30, with T-shirt, for those entered before May 21. Race-day entry fee is $35, with shirts limited to supplies on hand. Check out www.roguevalleyrunners.com for entry form and details.
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.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Free rides for bicyclists who want to experience riding with others 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 May 8: Start at Bear Creek Park in Medford; ride to Talent and stop at the Downtown Coffeehouse; 14 miles total.
Saturday, May 15: Start at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix; ride to the Ashland Dog Park, where coffee and treats will be served; 14 miles total.
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 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 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 and Sunday, 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. Saturday,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 Sunday, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-488-5886.
Sunday, May 16: Rogue Valley Audubon Society third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street, at 8 a.m. Wind up around noon. The walk is on a level, paved trail along Ashland Creek and Bear Creek. Leader is Harry Fuller, 541-488-8077.
New Hikes In Southern Oregon
Tonight: William L. Sullivan, Oregon's hiking guru, will present a slide show of new trails he discovered while researching the recently released third edition of his book, “100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.” 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. The event, sponsored by Northwest Nature Shop, will be at 7 p.m. in the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St. in Ashland. There's no charge, but seating is limited. For more information, call 541-482-3241 or go to www.northwestnatureshop.com.
Outdoor Equipment/Sporting Goods Sale
Saturday, May 8: The Oregon Hunters Association will host a fundraiser for the Shady Cove Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at the Shady Cove Middle School gym. Attendees can purchase items such as canoes, pool tables, foosball tables, oars, fishing gear and skis, and enter a raffle for a chance to win a trip and lunch on Lost Creek Lake, a fishing trip on Diamond Lake and other prizes. For more information, call Carrie at 541-291-0061, or e-mail email@example.com.
Rogue Valley Bird Day Celebration
Saturday, 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.
Wild Mushroom Fair
Saturday, May 15: Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland, is holding its annual spring mushroom fair Saturday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. Many locally collected mushrooms will be on display at the shop, and local experts will be on hand to answer questions and identify mushrooms brought in. Some cooked wild mushrooms will be available for tasting. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 541-482-3241.
Tule Lake Bird Festival
Saturday, 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
Friday through Monday, 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.