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  • Get Out: Oct. 7, 2010

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  • 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, 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.
    Native Plant Society outings
    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.
    Fall mushroom hike
    Saturday, Oct. 23: Local mushroom expert John Teem will guide a walk in search of mushrooms. The emphasis will be on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Edible and poisonous varieties will be discussed. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $15 per person. Space is limited so sign up early. For more information, call 541-482-3241.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Oct. 9: 10-kilometer, “ABCD” walk in Grants Pass. Meet at 10 a.m. at Ray's Food Place on 7th Street in Grants Pass. For more information, call 541-471-0713,
    Saturday, Oct. 23: 10K walk in Eagle Point begins at 10 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street. For more information, call 541-857-6046.
    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.
    Lithia Loop Marathon
    Saturday, Nov. 6: Starting and finishing in Lithia Park, the course circumnavigates the Ashland watershed and accumulates 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails with approximately two miles of asphalt. Space is limited to 300 runners. Early entry fee is $60 before Oct. 31. Race-day entry fee is $75. Organized by Rogue Valley Runners, www.roguevalleyrunners.com/racelinks.html.
    Pioneer Road Run
    Saturday, Nov. 13: Nine-mile run and 5K race begin at 9 a.m. Start and finish are at Phoenix High School. Cost before Nov. 7 is $10 for Southern Oregon Runners members, $13 for nonmembers. Late registration is $13 and $15. For more information, visit www.sorunners.org or call race director Jan Griffin at 541-664-2323.
    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.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Saturday, Oct. 9: Field trip on the Talent portion of Bear Creek Greenway. Leader is Dennis Vroman.
    Sunday, Oct. 17: Monthly third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street. Start is 8 a.m. End around noon. The walk is along the level paved trail that follows Ashland Creek and then Bear Creek. Leader is Jeff Tufts, 541-227-8465.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, Oct. 9: Birdwalk to Lower Table Rock. Group will likely view oak-dependent species such as the California towhee, oak titmouse and blue-gray gnatcatcher. Other possible species include Lewis' woodpecker and raptors such as Coopers hawk and American kestrel. Be prepared for about one mile of walking on a level trail. Leader is Jeff Tufts. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
    Saturday, Nov. 6: Family Birding Day. Children ages 5-12 and their parents can attend a fun-filled morning of learning about birds. Try out binoculars and field guides, learn about local birds, and take a walk through Lithia Park to see ducks, songbirds and more. Leader is Liz Williams, KBO education and outreach projects leader. Meet at 10 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    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.
    Fall Wild Mushroom Show
    Saturday, Oct. 16: Ever find a mushroom and wonder what it is? Bring your sample from noon to 3 p.m. to Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, during the Fall Wild Mushroom Fair. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display, and local experts will be available to answer questions.
    Siskiyou Mountain Club
    Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24: Siskiyou Mountain Club is holding a volunteer work party to help clear trail in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Point of entry for this project is the Babyfoot Lake trailhead. Helpers will camp at Little Falls trailhead, about 40 minutes away. E-mail siskiyoumountainclub@gmail.com for sign-up and details. If you don't want to work, but still want to mingle, go to the Little Falls trailhead along the Illinois River on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. for a barbecue. The trailhead is three miles west of Highway 199 on Eight Dollar Road near Kerby. Bring a side dish or salad, and learn about the club's 2010 accomplishments and future plans.
    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.

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