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  • Get Out: June 10, 2010

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  • Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
    A series of hikes to explore the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument area. Bring lunch, snacks, water, rain gear, sun protection, sturdy shoes or boots. Most hikes involve at least a little off-trail hiking. All hikes are free and usually involve carpooling. Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Space may be limited. Expect to be gone into the late afternoon or early evening on most hikes that begin in the morning. Ask each hike leader for their best estimate of return time. Participants must sign a liability waiver at trip-start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader.
    Saturday, June 12: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ornithologist Pepper Trail (541-482-9594; ptrail@ashlandnet.net) leads an easy or moderate (your choice) Pacific Crest Trail (and vicinity) hike east of Pilot Rock from Porcupine Gap to Babbitt Gap, Porcupine Meadow and the spectacular view from Porcupine Mountain. Less than four miles total. Some off-trail hiking. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Sunday, June 13: Brian Barr, aquatic ecologist for the National Center for Conservation Science and Policy, (541-621-7226; brian@nccsp.org) will lead a short, round-trip hike-and-scramble from the Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon down to Jenny Creek Falls in California. Moderately difficult; three-plus miles with some steep scrambling. Meet at 9 a.m.
    Saturday, June 19: Sierra Club hike leader Cathy Edwards (541-210-0204; ziglerugn@aol.com) and National Park Service botanist Sean Smith will explore where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest in the Greensprings Mountain unit of the South Cascades Wilderness proposal northwest of the Greensprings Summit. Some off-trail hiking. Moderate; about four miles. Meet at 3 p.m. and bring a sack supper.
    Saturday, June 26: Southern Oregon University aquatic ecologist Michael Parker (541-552-6796; parker@sou.edu) leads a cross-country ramble through Fredenburg Meadow and down into the forested Jenny Creek Canyon in the northeastern corner of the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument. All off-trail hiking. Moderate; three miles or less. Meet at 9 a.m.
    Saturday, July 3: Sierra Club hike leader Cathy Edwards (541-210-0204; ziglerugn@aol.com) and terrestrial ecologist Evan Frost explore where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest in the Greensprings Mountain unit of the South Cascades Wilderness proposal northwest of the Greensprings Summit. Some off-trail hiking. Moderate; about four miles. Meet at 3 p.m. and bring a sack supper.
    Fremont-Winema National Forests:
    Interpretive Canoe And Hiking Trips
    This summer the public will be able to participate in several free natural-history interpretive programs hosted by the Fremont-Winema National Forests. All ages are welcome to attend. Participants should bring sturdy shoes or boots, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, binoculars and lunch. For canoe trips, you must supply your own canoe or kayak. Rentals are available from the Rocky Point Resort; 541-356-2287. Call the Klamath Ranger District at 541-885-3400 to reserve space. Tours are weather dependent, so if the weather is bad, tours will be cancelled.
    Saturday, June 19: Guided, 3.5-mile canoe tour, from 9 a.m. to noon, of Harriman Springs and Pelican Cut, a route cut through the Upper Klamath Marsh to move logs from land to water. Paddlers will observe many bird species and experience a bubbling spring. Meet at the Rocky Point Boat Launch at 9 a.m. The boat launch is located 30 minutes west of Klamath Falls off of Highway 140 on the Westside Road. Launch your canoe in the marked paddle craft area. There is no fee required to park at the boat launch.
    Saturday, July 3: Easy 2.8-mile hike on Tomahawk Trail from 9 a.m. to noon. This trail offers postcard views of Mount McLoughlin and provides your guide an opportunity to talk about forestry practices, vegetation and geologic history of the area. Meet at the Tomahawk Trailhead at 9 a.m. The trailhead is approximately 30 minutes west of Klamath Falls off Highway 140 on Forest Service Road 190, near the junction of Westside Road and Highway 140. There is no fee required to park at the trailhead.
    Saturday, July 17: Moderate, six-mile, round-trip hike that starts at an elevation of 5,600 feet and gradually climbs gentle slopes to the Pacific Crest Trail and Ranger Springs. Your guide will talk about wildflowers, wildlife habitat and wilderness management practices. Meet at the Sevenmile Marsh Trailhead at 9 a.m. The trailhead is approximately 10 miles west of Fort Klamath. From Fort Klamath, travel east on Nicholson Road to Forest Service Road 3334. There is no fee required to park at the trailhead.
    Saturday, August 6: Easy, four-mile, round-trip hike along the eastern shore of Fourmile Lake. After climbing a small hill, the trail winds within a forested and meadow area, past Woodpecker and Badger Lakes, where bald eagles are often seen up close. This hike offers great views of Mount McLoughlin and provides an opportunity for your guide to discuss the flora and fauna of the Skylakes Wilderness and wilderness management practices. Meet at the Fourmile Lake campground trailhead, approximately 50 minutes west of Klamath Falls off Highway 140 on Forest Service Road 3661. Drive to Fourmile Lake campground and follow signs to the trailhead. There is no fee required to park at the trailhead.
    KS Wild hikes
    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.
    Sierra Club hikes
    Saturday, June 19: Mount Ashland-area hike, roughly seven to eight easy-moderate miles, with Carol Walker (541-488-8517) and Carol Ingelson (541-245-6380).
    Saturday, June 19: Easy, five- to six-mile hike along the Taylor Creek Trail to the Burned Timber Trail Loop and Burned Timber Falls. For information, contact Joel Peterson at 541-226-5249 or joelpeterson@charter.net.
    Saturday, July 17: Easy to moderate eight-mile hike on the Briggs Creek Trail. From the Sam Brown Campground, follow the creek past Elkhorn Mine. Group will ford Briggs Creek and continue to its “abandoned cabin” destination to enjoy snacks or lunch. For more information, e-mail Joel Peterson at joelpeterson@charter.net or call 541-226-5249.
    Saturday, July 24: Pacific Crest Trail, Baldy Creek to Pilot Rock and back; eight miles, moderate. Call Cathy Edwards, 541-210- 0204, for meeting place, time and details.
    Saturday, July 31: Fish Lake, six to seven miles, easy/moderate hike. For details, contact Carol Ingelson at 541-245-6380.
    Oregon Wild hike
    Saturday, June 12: This free hike to Babyfoot Lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness covers 5.5 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 500 to 1,000 feet. The hike will be traverse a glacial cirque and drop down to it's geologic product, Babyfoot Lake. Eight years after the 2002 Biscuit fire, this loop trail offers a glimpse into an invaluable laboratory with a turbulent geologic and contemporary history. Leader is Gabe Howe. For details or to sign up, go online to www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events.
    Lithia Park walks
    Through Sept. 29: Free, guided walks in Ashland's Lithia Park, 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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