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  • Get Out: Aug. 5, 2010

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  • Fremont-Winema National Forest hike
    Saturday, Aug. 7: 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, 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, 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.
    Wildflower Walk
    Sunday, 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 Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from the Plaza entrance.
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