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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.
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