Fremont-Winema National Forest hikes
Saturday, July 17: Moderate, free, six-mile, round-trip hike 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. Call the Klamath Ranger District at 541-885-3400 to reserve space.
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, July 17: Difficult hike to the top of Wagner Butte, the second-highest peak in the Siskiyou Range. 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.
Saturday, Aug. 7: Siskiyou Crest Hike to Red Mountain. The Pacific Crest Trail around Red Mountain is one of the most unusual and spectacular hikes in our region and it is within an easy drive of Ashland. Red Mountain is a serpentine landscape, and its red rock slopes are home to an array of rare and endemic wildflowers. This is a moderate to strenuous hike of about six miles that involves some walking off trail.
Meet at 9 a.m. at Evo's Cafe in Ashland.
Saturday, Sept. 4: Rogue Riverkeeper will lead a hike along a portion of the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline where it traverses the Upper Rogue Watershed. The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector LNG project would build an import terminal in Coos Bay and a 235-mile pipeline through the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath watersheds. Group will walk a portion of the pipeline route through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and discuss the project's impacts on private land, public land, fish, wildlife, energy independence and surrounding communities. Call to RSVP at 541-488-5789.
Saturday, Oct. 9: Hike to see salmon jumping Rainie Falls on the Rogue on their way back from the ocean. The hike to Rainie Falls is an easy to moderate 4.5-mile hike through low-elevation forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at Evo's in Ashland or at the Rainie Falls trailhead at the base of the bridge where Grave's Creek enters the Rogue at 10:30 a.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Saturday, Aug. 14: Eight-mile hike to Wildcat in the Greensprings; return along Hyatt Lake. Call Cathy Edwards for details ay 541-210-0204.
Saturday, Aug. 21: Seven-mile hike to Grouse Gap on Mount Ashland. Easy to moderate. For details, call Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
Saturday, Aug. 28: Middle Fork Applegate Trail, seven miles. Call Carol Ingelson for details at 541-245-6380.
Saturday, Sept. 11: Howard Prairie hike, from seven to 10 miles. For details, call Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
Native Plant Society hikes
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.
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.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, July 17: Volkssport Association 10K walk in Grants Pass. Meet at Rays Food Place on 7th Street at 8 a.m. The route includes Grants Pass downtown and Name That Park. For information call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, July 31: Volkssport Association walk in Medford. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Medford Center on Jackson Street, near Sears and Tinseltown. For more information call 541-326-7583.
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 Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from the Plaza entrance.
Britt Woods Firehouse Run
Saturday, July 17: The annual 10K run 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).
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.
Steens Rim Run and Walk
Saturday, Aug. 7: The 28th annual Chris Miller Memorial Steens Rim Run and Walk starts at an elevation of 7,835 feet on the Steens Mountain Loop Road near Jackman Park Campground and finishes above 9,700 feet at the East Rim Overlook. The walk and run begin at 9:30 and 10 a.m., respectively. For more information, call Nick Miller at 541-413-1997 or go online at www.steensrimrun.com.
Saturday, Aug. 14: Race along the Rogue River in Gold Hill features 5K and 10K runs and a 5K walk. Starting time is 8 a.m. Early registration is $10 until Aug. 7 ($7 for Southern Oregon Runners members). Race-day registration is $13 for all. For details, call race director Bruce Timmerman at 541-664-0777.
Pine to Palm 100-mile Endurance Run
Saturday, Sept. 18: The 100-mile course starts in leave Williams and will wind its way east through the mountains on a mixture of single-track trails and dirt roads to the finish line in Ashland. The route covers more than 20,000 feet of climb and 20,000 feet of descent, including three climbs up to and over 7,000 feet. For more information, go to www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Summer-evening owl walk
Saturday, July 24: Local owl expert Vince Zauskey will lead a 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.
Mount Ashland birdwalk
Saturday, August 3: Klamath Bird Observatory 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.
Agate Lake birdwalk
Saturday, Aug. 14: Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Birdwalk for kids
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.