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  • Get Out: June 24, 2010

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  • Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
    Two outings remain in this 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 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, 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 hike
    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, 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.
    Native Plant Society hikes
    Saturday, July 3: Walk between walls of tower larkspur and monkshood to the top of Grizzly Peak, then check out the summer bloom along the loop trail. Five-mile hike with elevation gain of 1,350 feet. Meet at 9 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart lot in Ashland. Leader is Alex Maksymowicz; 541-482-1964.
    Saturday, July 17: Bigelow Lakes moonlight hike. Lee Webb will show ideal places for botanizing and long-eared owl and bat watching. Bring dinner, warm clothes, flashlight and sturdy hiking boots. Meet 4 p.m. at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center in Cave Junction. Return by midnight. For details, call Webb at 541-479-6859.
    Saturday, July 24: At nearly a mile high in the Southern Cascades near Ashland, the 440 acres of the Willow-Witt Ranch feature meadows, conifer and oak woodlands, springs, wetlands and streams flowing from the crest of the Bear Creek Watershed. A tour of the ranch brings together Southern Oregon's past, innovative present and sustainable future. Meet at 7:50 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart parking lot in Ashland. Contact Sasha Joachims at Sasharain71@gmail.com or 541-661-3492 for more information.
    Saturday, July 31: Enjoy the mid-summer bloom on Mount Ashland. Group will visit the summit area, Rabbit Ears and Grouse Meadows. Expect one to two miles of easy walking with modest elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart parking lot in Ashland. Leader is Alex Maksymowicz; 541-482-1964.
    Kids Plant Walk
    Saturday, July 10: Northwest Nature Shop is organizing a family nature walk to explore plants. Open to families with children 4 and older, the walk is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Group will walk from the store to Lithia Park. Youngsters will learn to identify common trees in our area, with fun activities that put all your senses to the test. Kids can make a leaf rubbing to take home with them. Cost is $5 per family. Call Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241 to register.
    Wildflower Walk
    Saturday, Aug. 8: Local naturalist Kristi Mergenthaler will lead a half-day wildflower walk to the lush alpine meadows of Mount Ashland. Organized by Northwest Nature Shop, the hike will include magnificent views, information on plant species and plant identification techniques. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $10. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.
    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.
    Sporting/Hunting Rifle Shoot
    Saturday, June 26: A rifle shoot will be held at Public Range No. 7 of the Jackson County Sports Park starting at 11 a.m. The event will include prone, standing, sitting and kneeling shooting at 100-yard targets. It should be a good mid-year way to judge your shooting ability in preparation for this year's hunting seasons. The event is sponsored by the Full-bore Rifle Shooters of the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club and the Rogue Valley Sporting Sports Association. Entry fee is $10. RVSSA has waived the range fee for shooters at this event. Shooters should arrive at 10 a.m., and a barbecue will be available. More information and an entry form can be found online at www.mrpc.info.
    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 ejhee@juno.com.
    Native Plant Society Wildflower Show
    Sunday, July 4: The Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way (across from Lithia Park in Ashland), features more than 300 species of flowers from the volcanic Cascades, the much older Siskiyous and the valleys in between. Free admission. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call Jim Duncan at 541-482-7629.
    Crater Lake Amphibian BioBlitz
    Saturday, July 24: Citizen scientists can participate in a survey and inventory of amphibians in Crater Lake National Park from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will work in teams with park staff and other scientists. The Science and Learning Center will also offer a public seminar, with presentations delivered by participating scientists, on the Friday evening before the event. Participants must be older than 18, or children older than 12 accompanied by a parent. Registrants can select terrain preferences, but some off-trail hiking is expected. Participants must preregister by Friday, June 23. For details or to register, telephone Andrew Ray at 541-851-5235 or Linda Hilligoss at 541-552-6340; or e-mail andrew.ray@oit.edu or hilligol@sou.edu.
    RECURRING ROAD RIDES
    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.
    RECURRING 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 bikekraft@yahoo.com.
    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 cyclea@internetcds.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.
    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. Race-day entry fee is $10. For information, telephone 541-621-6361 or go to the Southern Oregon Runners club's online race calendar at www.sor.org.
    Ashland 4th of July Run
    Sunday, July 4: The traditional six-mile run starts at 7:45 a.m., and a two-mile fun run/walk starts seven minutes later. Starts and finishes at Third and Main streets, near the library. For more information or to register, call 541-488-5340.
    Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs
    Saturday, July 10: The 12th annual trail run includes 50K and 15K events. The race starts at the Mount 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.
    Britt Woods Firehouse Run
    Saturday, July 17: Training runs for the ninth Britt Woods Firehouse Run will be held at 6 p.m. every Monday until July 12 at the upper Britt parking lot above First and Fir streets in Jacksonville. These are casual, hilly, cross-country runs from two to six miles. The actual race is a 10K run that starts at 8 a.m. A two and four-mile run starts at 7 a.m., with a 100-yard fun run for kids at 7:30 a.m. For details, contact Dr. Doug Naversen at 541-890-7240 (days) or 541-899-1214 (nights).
    Jacksonville Sesquicentennial Run
    Saturday, July 31: The 10K run starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K run starts at 8:10 a.m. A 100-yard fun run for kids is at 7:45 a.m. Carpool to Forest Park in Jacksonville, one mile up Jacksonville Reservoir Road. This is the first competitive footrace ever held in the park. For details, contact Dr. Doug Naversen at 541-890-7240 (days) or 541-899-1214 (nights).
    Granite Man
    Saturday, July 24: A 10-mile mountain run; a triathlon (3⁄4-mile swim, 13-mile mountain bike, five-mile run) and a duathlon (13-mile mountain bike, five-mile run) round out the events at this unique Applegate Lake event. For details and registration information, go to http://granite-man.com.
    Saturday, July 3: Northwest Nature Shop and Klamath Bird Observatory are teaming up on a birding and wine-tasting tour in the Applegate Valley. The group will bird a number of locations in the Applegate for the first three hours, looking for acorn woodpeckers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, oak titmice, raptors and more. At 11 a.m., they'll migrate to Cowhorn Vineyard, a certified biodynamic winery, for a behind-the-scenes tour. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Cost is $10. Space is limited, so call 541-482-3241 to register.
    Saturday, July 24: Local owl expert Vince Zauskey will lead this walk to listen for the sounds of the night on a jaunt near Pilot Rock. Zauskey will attempt to lure pygmy owls, a great horned owl, flammulated owls, northern spotted owl and western screech owls. A short presentation of the common owls of this area and their unique characteristics will precede the hike at Northwest Nature Shop at 7:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight and good hiking shoes. Participation limited to 20 people. Cost is $15. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up. Visit northwestnatureshop.com for more information.
    Saturday, August 3: Klamath Bird Obervatory birdwalk leader Vince Zauskey will lead a trip along the Mount Ashland access road to look for woodpeckers, flycatchers, warblers, green-tailed towhees, raptors and more. Many wildflowers will be in bloom. Wear sturdy shoes for a few miles of walking, and bring water and a lunch in case you'd like to eat on the mountain before heading home. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 people. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, Aug. 21: Klamath Bird Observatory will teach youngsters how to use binoculars and field guides to spot our local feathered friends. This fun-filled, interactive experience encourages future naturalists to learn about nature through games, stories, songs and outdoor activities. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10 a.m. Sign up in advance at the store or call 541-482-3241.

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