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 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.
Native Plant Society outings
Saturday, May 15: Rogue River Trail to Rainie Falls. Group will start at 8:30 a.m. at Grave Creek bridge and follow the south side trail, the shady side of the river, at the beginning of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. Meet at Rays Market, near the Merlin exit off I-5 on Merlin-Galice Access Road. For more information contact hike leader Armand Rebischke at 541-482-2141.
Sunday, May 23: We'll be looking for black morels in the Howard Prairie vicinity, the most abundant edible spring mushroom near the Rogue Valley. Meet at 10 a.m. behind Oil Stop on Ashland Street, next to the Ashland Bi-Mart parking lot west of I-5, exit 14. For more information contact hike leader John Teem at 541-621-6137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 5: Visit a Hinds Walnut site on Bear Creek; the famous “Tolo Tree,” a gray pine; and a hike off Foley Lane to view both gray pine and California buckeye. Bring a lunch and prepare to carpool. Group size limited; preregistration required. Meet at Abertson's in Central Point at 10 a.m. For more information, call hike leader Frank Callahan at 541-855-1164 or e-mail email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-488-5789 for more info.
Rogue Valley Walkers
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.
Knight Coliseum Race
Saturday, May 15: 10K run and 5K walk/run begins at 10 a.m. at North Valley High School, 6741 Monument Dr., Grants Pass. The trail run is on 90 percent packed dirt trails and 10 percent pavement. Race fees are $20 for the 5K run (walkers and K-12 students; $10) and $25 for the 10K run (K-12 students; $10). For information, contact Jeaneen Beagley at 541-474-1431 or Becky Tappan at 541-476-2083.
Pompadour 9K and 5K
Saturday, May 22: The races, sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store, begin at 9 a.m. at North Mountain Park in Ashland. Cost for the 9K is $20 before May 21. The 5K is $10, with all proceeds going benefit Sheldon Derr, a 13-year-old seventh grader at Talent Middle School who has muscular dystrophy. Race-day entry fee adds $5 to the early-entry fee for both distances. Check out www.roguevalleyrunners.com for entry form and details.
Memorial Day Ashland Run
Saturday, May 29: The 35th annual run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Hagardine and Fork streets and covers 4.8 hilly miles along Ashland's trails, alleys and backroads. Entry fee is $1.25. Race-day registration at 8:15 a.m. For more information, call 541-482-4919 or 541-488-0504.
Longest Day Run
Saturday, June 19: 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. at Railroad Park picnic area, 2222 Table Rock Road, Medford. Entry fee is $8 if preregistered by June 11, $5 for Southern Oregon Runners members. Race-day entry fee is $10 for all. For information contact race director Charles Hodge at 541-878-3457 or email@example.com.
Rogue River Rooster Crow
Saturday, June 26: 5K run and two-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. at Rogue River Middle School's Beck Field. The course is flat and fast. Entry fee by June 19 is $8 with no T-shirt, $15 with T-shirt. Race-day fee is $10 with no T-shirt. For information, telephone 541-621-6361 or go to the Southern Oregon Runners club's online race calendar at www.sor.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.
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.
Saturday, May 15: Free ride sponsored by Siskiyou Velo Club for bicyclists who want to experience riding with others. Start at 10 a.m. at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix; ride to the Ashland Dog Park, where coffee and treats will be served; 14 miles total. For more information, e-mail Phil at email@example.com or telephone Steve at 541-535-1435.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 22: Rogue Valley Audubon Society birdwalk along the Bear Creek Greenway from Talent south. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent, just of the I-5 exit.
Wednesday, June 2: Rogue Valley Audubon Society monthly first-Wednesday birdwalk. 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 5: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk on the Bear Creek Greenway in Ashland and Ashland Pond. Leader is Terence Philippe. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 8 a.m. To register, call 541-482-3241.
June 11-12: Birding By Ear workshop and field trip to Jefferson Nature Center with Klamath Bird Observatory Executive Director John Alexander. Friday evening workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. will explore bird songs and calls through recordings, sonograms and other devices. Skills learned Friday will be put to use during the Saturday field trip, from 9 to 11 a.m. To register, call KBO at 541-201-0866.