Get Out: Oct. 22, 2010

Sierra Club hikes
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. 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. 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.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Thursday, Nov. 4: The Nordic club’s first meeting of the new season meeting will be held at D&S Harley-Davidson, 3846 S. Pacific Highway, from 7 to 9 p.m. Local vendors will be there with new ski equipment. Dates for weekend outings will be posted. For more information, go to http://southernonc.tripod.com.


RUNNING

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.


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, Nov. 6: Field trip to TouVelle Park. Meet at 8 a.m. in the Food 4 Less parking lot, on south side behind the hotel. Leader is Edith Linder, 541-773-7580. Easy walking. There’s a $3 parking fee. Walk ends about noon. Bring a snack and your own drink.

Klamath Bird Observatory
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.


EVENTS

Siskiyou Mountain Club
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24: Siskiyou Mountain Club is holding a volunteer work party this weekend 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.


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