Get Out: Sept. 23, 2010

HIKING

KS Wild hike
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 Creek enters the Rogue at 10:30 a.m.

Sierra Club hikes
Saturday, Sept. 25: Moderate, six-mile hike in Soda Mountain Wilderness
(to the lookout and Boccard Point). Call Cathy Edwards for details at 541-210-0204.
Saturday, Oct. 9: Downhill hike on Mount Ashland segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, seven to eight miles. Call Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380, for details.
Saturday, Oct. 16: Moderate, seven-mile hike in the Greensprings (Buck Rock and train tunnel). For details call Cathy Edwards at 541-210-0204.
Saturday, Nov. 13: Moderate, nine- to 10-mile hike to Pilot Rock. For details call Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
Saturday, Nov. 20: Greensprings mountain loop, six to seven miles, moderate. Call Cathy Edwards for details at 541-210-0204.

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Sept. 25:
Explore old Medford with the Rogue Valley Walkers. This is a 10K walk, with a 5K optional route available. Meet at Food For Less off Biddle Road at 9 a.m. For more information call 541-326-7583.

Native Plant Society outings
Saturday, Sept. 25:
Scot Loring will lead a tour of the lichens found along the White Rabbit Trailhead in Ashland. Meet at 9 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop ‘n' Kart parking lot, or go to the Oredson-Todd trailhead of the White Rabbit Trail. For more information contact Sasha Joachims at sasharain71@gmail.com or 541-661-3492.
Sunday, Oct. 17: Wayne Rolle will lead a cross-country hike to McDonald Basin via the Siskiyou Crest and McDonald Peak. There will be some interesting grasslands and hillslope wetlands, as well as Bigleaf sagebrush. Less than four miles round-trip, but no trails. Meet at 9 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop ‘n' Kart parking lot in Ashland. For more information call Rolle at 541-482-0093.
Sunday, Oct. 31: Fall fungi hike led by Wayne Rolle, John Teem and John Villella. Destination will be in the Cascades on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Exact site to be determined based on how the mushroom season is shaping up at that time. To carpool, meet in visitor parking at the Medford Interagency Office at 3040 Biddle Road, Medford. Group will return to Medford by 5 p.m. For more information call Rolle at 541-482-0093.

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.


RUNNING

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
Friday, Sept. 24. Entry fees range from $75 for solo racers to $350 for corporate-sponsored teams. For more information, go online to www.siskiyouchallenge.org.

Running Y Ranch 5K
Saturday, Oct. 2:
Proceeds from the 4th annual fun run/walk benefit Klamath Humane Society. Race-day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The race will start at 10 a.m. A celebration barbecue will begin around 11:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for ages 15 to 18, $15 for ages 14 and younger. Strollers and dogs on-leash are free. Registration fee includes race entry, barbecue lunch and a door-prize ticket. Register by Sept. 22 to receive a logo t-shirt. Sign up as an individual or as part of a team of five or more. Visit www.runningy.com for registration forms or register online at www.active.com. The course will be on the paved walking/biking trail around the resort, including around the back nine of the golf course. For more information, call 541-850-5716 or e-mail ryspecials@jeld-wencommunities.com.

Stagecoach Run
Saturday, Oct. 9:
The annual 5K and 10K runs begin at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Oregon and West D streets in Jacksonville. Early registration is $15 ($12 for Southern Oregon Runners members), and $7 for students. After Oct. 5 cost is $20. Lots of drawings for cash and other prizes. Race director is Steve Buxton, 541-772-8292, or go online to www.sorunners.org for entry forms and more information.


CYCLING

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 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.


BIRDING

Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, Sept. 25:
RVAS will conduct an autumn dipper walk along Ashland Creek. Group will use a map from Ashland Parks and Recreation Department to plot dipper locations and numbers. Meet at 8 a.m. at the lower end of Lithia Park on Winburn. Leader is Bob Quaccia.

Wednesday, Oct. 6: Monthly first-Wednesday birdwalk along Little Butte Creek. Meet at the gated entrance to TouVelle Road and the Denman Wildlife Area on the west side of Agate Road at 8:30 a.m., or in the Apple Peddler Restaurant parking lot, at the intersection of Highway 140 and Highway 62 in White City, at 8:20 a.m. Easy walking on dirt, about 2.5 miles over three hours. A shortened version of 1.5 miles and two hours is available. For more information, contact Denny Niebuhr at 541-482-6589.

Project FeederWatch
Help count birds
that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with expert guidance. This is an opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The program will take place 9 to 10 a.m. on alternate Saturdays from Nov. 13 through March 2011 (except Saturday, Dec. 25). The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird-monitoring effort. Pre-registration is not required for this free program. Ages 10 and up. North Mountain Park is located at 620 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland.


EVENTS

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 by calling 541-201-0866.

Chaparral mini conference
Thursday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 23:
Two talks from 7- 9 p.m. on Thursday and a chaparral hike at 9 a.m. Saturday highlight the Native Plant Society's look at chaparral habitat. The talks are by Richard W. Halsey, a chaparral ecologist, writer and director of The California Chaparral Institute, and Olivia Duren, who shares information that suggests the local plant community is unique in the Klamath Ecoregion and in the West. Saturday's hike will be led by Halsey and Duren. Details to be announced. For more information contact Kristi at 541-941-3744.