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  • Get Out: Aug. 26, 2010

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  • KS Wild hikes
    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. 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.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Aug. 28: 10K Grants Pass Historic Walk. Meet at Ray's Food Place on 7th Street at 8 a.m. Call 541-474-2291 for information.
    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.
    Fast and Furious Downhill Mile
    Saturday, Aug. 28: The race starts at 8 a.m. at the top of Ross Lane where it changes to Old Stage Road and ends just before the market store. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners. Race-day registration costs $10. Race director is Joseph Budziszewski, 541-776-2206.
    Talent Harvest Festival Run
    Saturday, Sept. 11: The annual 5K and 10K runs begin at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park. Parking is on Front Street by the tracks and on Main Street above the tracks. The l0K is a challenging, hilly course. The 5K is out and back with gradual inclines and declines. Race day registration costs $15, and net proceeds benefit Talent Parks and Recreation. Race director is Felicia Hazel, 541-535-3406 or feliciahaz@msn.com.
    Pine to Palm 100-mile Endurance Run
    Saturday, Sept. 18: The 100-mile course starts in Williams and winds 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 climbing and descents, including three climbs up to and over 7,000 feet. Entry fee is $275 before Sept. 1, $300 after. Online registration only, through UltraSignUp.com. Entry is limited to the first 200 applications. For more information, go to www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
    Siskiyou Challenge
    Saturday, Sept. 25: This five-leg, multi-sport event traces a 46-mile circle around Ashland, exploring the city's parks, the surrounding countryside and Emigrant Lake. Legs include an 11K run, a 3K lake kayak, a 25-mile road-bike tour, a 9-mile mountain-bike loop and a 5K run. Racers may enter solo or in teams of two to five racers. While athletes are circling Ashland, a fun run/walk will circle the block of ScienceWorks and festivities will occur throughout the day, including local food, live music and massage. Registration deadline is Sept. 10. Entry fees range from $ 75 for solo racers to $350 for corporate-sponsored teams. For more information, go online to www.siskiyouchallenge.org.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Wednesday, Sept. 1: First-Wednesday birdwalk along Little Butte Creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. on TouVelle Road in the northeast section of the Denman Wildlife Area near White City. Leader is Denny Niebuhr, 541-482-6589 or rogueden@ashlandhome.net.
    KBO birdwalk to Ashland Pond
    Saturday, Sept. 4: Northwest Nature Shop employee and Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk leader Terence Philippe will lead an exploration of Ashland Pond. The pond will likely be flush with warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and other songbirds undertaking their fall migration. Possible waterfowl and raptor sightings will round out the morning. Expect about a mile of walking on gentle paths. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Introduction to Fly Fishing
    Sunday, Sept. 5: Will Johnson, owner of the Ashland Fly Shop, will teach the mechanics of casting a fly rod, simple knots and what to look for in equipment. The class is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. All equipment will be provided. The class is at Railroad Park, 758 A St., Ashland. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, snacks. Cost is $15. Pre-registration required. Register at ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-5340.
    Slam'n Salmon Ocean Derby
    Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5: Billed as the largest derby of its kind on the West Coast, the event centers around the Port of Brookings-Harbor at the mouth of the Chetco River. Participants pay $50 and compete for $15,000 in prize money, including $5,000 for the biggest fish by weight. To learn more call the port office at 541-469-2218 or visit the derby's website at www.slamnsalmon.com.
    Gold Beach Brew and Art Festival bike ride
    Saturday, Sept. 11: The Gold Beach festival has added a bike ride this year, with routes of 22, 33 and 62 miles. Registration will begin between 8 and 9 a.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds on Highway 101. The route heads north to Jerry's Flat Road and then follows the Rogue River south bank. There will be aid stations at the fairgrounds, Lobster Creek, 10 miles beyond Lobster Creek and at the Cougar Lane Parking lot. Cost of the ride is $35. Each rider will receive a T-shirt, number, refreshments, discount coupons to local restaurants and half off admission to the Brew and Art Festival. More information is available at www.goldbeachbiketherogue.org.
    Wings and Wine Gala
    Saturday, Sept. 25: Klamath Bird Observatory fundraiser runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at Hanley Farm in Central Point. The evening includes complimentary wine, tasty bites by Helena Darling Fine Catering, a not-so-silent auction and live music by Siskiyou Summit. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door, and are available at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland, Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford or call 541-201-0866.
    Ride the Rogue
    Saturday, Sept. 18: The 4th annual Ride the Rogue event is centered around Palmerton Park in Rogue River. This year's event offers new ride routes, a gourmet feast, live music and activities for the whole family. Bike routes include 100 miles, 65 miles, 25 miles and two miles, along with a four-mile historic nature hike, wagon ride and a three-mile river walk. All proceeds support the development of the Rogue River Recreational Corridor and Greenway project. For more information go to ridetherogue.org.
    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.

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