Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park lead free snowshoe hikes starting at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. They'll lead daily hikes at 1 p.m. from Dec. 27 through Dec. 31. The hikes last two hours and cover about one mile of moderately strenuous terrain in forests and meadows on the crater's rim. Hikers must be at least 8 years old and be in “reasonably good physical condition.” No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Hikers must have warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Free snowshoes are available or hikers can bring their own. A limited number of hikers can participate in each group hike, so advance reservations are recommended. Hikes for groups of 10 or more can be arranged on weekdays or weekend mornings. The park's visitor center and the Rim Village Cafe and Gift Shop are open daily. For information or to sign up, call the park's visitor center at 541-594-3100.
KS Wild hikes
Saturday, Dec. 11: Sterling Ditch Trail to Bear Gulch to Tunnel Ridge. This 3.5-mile hike will follow the Sterling Ditch Trail through diverse habitats, including pine-oak savannah, grasslands and mixed conifer forest, offering sweeping views of the Little Applegate Valley and Siskiyou Crest. Meet at Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 10 a.m. Bring water, lunch and appropriate clothes. Group will hike in light weather, but heavy rain cancels the outing. Return about 3 p.m. Call Laurel at 541-488-5789 for details.
Saturday, Jan. 29: Snowshoe hike up to the Rabbit Ears rock formation on the backside of Mount Ashland for an invigorating day in the snow. Weather permitting, this trek allows for expansive views of Mount Shasta, the Marble Mountains, the Siskiyou Crest and the Rogue Valley. This will be a moderately difficult trip covering approximately 4 to 5 miles. Meet at Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 10 a.m. Bring water, lunch, snowshoes and appropriate clothes. Mountain Supply outdoor store on the plaza in Ashland rents snowshoes for a reasonable rate and they offer a 10-percent discount to KS Wild members. Group will hike in light weather, but strong snow cancels. Call Laurel at 541-488-5789 for details.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Dec. 18: 10K American Volkssport Association-endorsed walk in East Medford. Meet in the parking lot of the Medford Center on Jackson Street at 10 a.m. For more information call 541-245-9356.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Dec. 11: Intermediate ski of seven to eight miles at Moon Prairie. Contact either Bobbie Plummer, 541-488-5003, or Guy Nutter, 541-488-6900, for start time and other details.
Sunday, Dec. 19: Novice ski of five to six miles at Moon Prairie. Contact David Lewin at 541-512-0436 for details.
Mount Ashland Shuttle
Saturdays-Sundays: Ashland Mountain Adventures offers a weekend shuttle to Mount Ashland for the ski season. The Ashland Mountain van begins its route in Medford at Northwest Outdoor Store, 980 Biddle Road, at 7:30 a.m. and does a pick-up at Ashland Mountain Shop, 700 Mistletoe Road, at 8 a.m. The shuttle arrives on the mountain at approximately 8:45 a.m. and leaves the mountain by 4:15 p.m. The van can carry 14 people, so reservations are required. Call 541-499-2298 for reservations or go to ashlandmountainadventures.com for information. Roundtrip cost is $15 per person or 10 tickets for $125. Tickets can be purchased from the driver, cash only. The shuttle will run all week during Christmas break, then resume on the weekends, though the shuttle will run any day four or more people make reservations.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 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 9:30 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 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides 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 on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Feeder Watch
Saturday, Dec. 11: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, while learning to identify species with the expert help. This is an opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. For ages 10 and up. Free. Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers will be on hand.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Sunday, Dec. 19: Monthly third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Beginners welcome. For more information call Jeff Tufts at 541-227-8465.
Saturday, Jan. 8: 12th annual Ashland Creek Dipper Walk. Meet Bob Quaccia at 9:30 a.m. at the Ashland Plaza. The walk will follow both sides of Ashland Creek in Lithia Park (about 1.5 miles) observing and counting American Dippers.
Christmas bird counts
Saturday, Dec. 18: Medford Circle Count, organized by Bob Hunter. For details, e-mail email@example.com or call 541-826-5569.
Wednesday, Dec. 29: Ashland Circle Count, organized by Harry Fuller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Bullock (email@example.com).
Siskiyou Velo Club holiday party
Sunday, Dec. 12: The bicycle club's holiday bash is being held at 6 p.m. at the Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St., Ashland. All members can attend. Registration is for dinner, which includes choice of entree, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh spinach salad with pear vinaigrette, green beans with bacon and onions, and dessert, including berry crisp and chocolate brownie. A no-host bar will be open. The member charge for dinner is $10.50. If a nonmember guest will be joining a member, they'll be charged $12.50 for registration. To register, go to www.siskiyouvelo.org/eventRegistration.php?ID=3 and follow the format. For details, call Cheryl French at 541-482-8475 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon Society potluck and raffle
Tuesday, Dec. 14: A new fundraiser for Rogue Valley Audubon Society programs begins at 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. Bring a dish to share. Raffle proceeds will support RVAS operations and activities, including education and community outreach programs. Tickets will be sold and drawn throughout the evening, with onsite commentary by Pepper Trail. You can also buy tickets through the mail PO Box 8597, Medford, OR 97501, or by contacting Lynn Kellogg at 541-855-9638. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.