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  • Get Out: May 20, 2011

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  • Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
    With general questions, contact Dave Willis at 541-482-8660 or sodamtn@mind.net.
    For questions about an individual hike, contact the listed hike leader.
    Every weekend from Memorial Day to July 4th, SMWC will lead free hikes into the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument area. Particpants should bring lunch, snacks, water, rain gear, sun protection and sturdy shoes or boots, depending on hike difficulty. Most hikes involve at least a little off-trail hiking.
    All hikes will meet in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop ‘N' Kart on Ashland Street in Ashland.
    Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Space may be limited. Ask your hike leader for their best estimate of return time. Flora/fauna hazards include poison oak, ticks and rattlesnakes. Attendees must sign a liability waiver at the start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader.
    Saturday, May 28: National Park Service ecologist Dennis Odion (541-552-9624; dennis@odion.name) leads an extremely rugged, cross-country, four-mile-plus, Oregon-to-California hike-and-scramble from the Jenny Creek rim to Jenny Creek Falls and down Jenny Creek Canyon to Iron Gate Reservoir. Hike includes a swift-water creek-crossing, so bring good boots and extra wading shoes. Shuttle provided. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Sunday, June 5: Aquatic ecologist Brian Barr (541-621-7226; brian@geosinstitute.org) and SMWC board member Lori Cooper lead a short, but challenging, round-trip hike along the flat Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon and then down to the spectacular, but little-known Jenny Creek Falls in California. The distance is relatively short (three-plus miles), but some difficult hiking is involved, with very steep, off-trail scrambling from the canyon rim down to the falls and back. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Sunday, June 12: Southern Oregon University aquatic ecologist Michael Parker (541-552-6796; parker@sou.edu) and SMWC board member Carol Wright lead a moderately difficult, three-mile, off-trail ramble through Fredenburg Meadow and down into the forested Jenny Creek Canyon in the northeastern corner of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Learn about stream ecology, critters and public acquisitions of private land from willing-sellers inside the Monument. Meet at 9 a.m.
    Saturday, June 18: Ornithologist Pepper Trail (541-482-9594; ptrail@ashlandnet.net) leads an easy or moderate (your choice) Pacific Crest Trail (and vicinity) hike east of Pilot Rock from Porcupine Gap to Babbitt Gap, Porcupine Meadow, and the Sound-of-Music view from Porcupine Mountain. This hike is in both the Monument and its Soda Mountain Wilderness backcountry. About four miles total; less if you choose the easier route. Some off-trail hiking. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Saturday, June 25: Sierra Club hike leader Cathy Edwards (541-210-0204; ziglerashland@gmail.com) and Southern Oregon University botanist and SMWC board member Steve Jessup will explore where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest in the Greensprings Mountain unit of the South Cascades Wilderness proposal northwest of the Greensprings Summit. Some off-trail hiking. Easy-moderate; less than four miles. Meet at 2 p.m. and bring a sack supper.
    Sunday, July 3: Sierra Club hike leader Cathy Edwards (541-210-0204; ziglerashland@gmail.com) and terrestrial ecologist and SMWC board member Evan Frost will explore where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest in the Greensprings Mountain unit of the South Cascades Wilderness proposal northwest of the Greensprings Summit. Some off-trail hiking. Easy-moderate; less than four miles. Meet at 1 p.m. and bring a sack supper.
    Annual BLM hikes on Table Rocks
    The hikes are three to five miles long on a moderate grade and last three to five hours. No drinking water is available. Restrooms are located at both trailheads. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Attendance is limited. To reserve space on a hike, call 541-618-2200. For more information, see www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/tablerock/index.php or www.nature.org/oregon/preserves.
    Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m., Lower Table Rock: BLM wildlife biologist Tony Kerwin talks about bats — from their habitats to the threats they face. Bring a flashlight. Participation is limited to 20.
    Sunday, May 22, 12:30 p.m., Upper Table Rock: Watercolorist and retired teacher Sylvia Miller leads a nature-sketching excursion. Bring a sketchbook, sketching pens and pencils, and a portable watercolor set. Participation is limited to 15.
    Lithia Park nature walks
    Sundays, Wednesday, Fridays: Through Sept. 30, trained naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department will lead 60- to 90-minute nature walks in Lithia Park. The walks start at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Free. No reservations needed. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, geology and park history. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park across from the Plaza in Ashland. For more information, call 541-552-2264.
    Spring guided mushroom hikes
    Sunday, May 29: To learn more about local wild mushrooms, Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring two hikes led by local mushroom expert John Teem. 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 the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10:30 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $20 per person per walk. For more information call 541-482-3241.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, May 21: Participants will meet in Grants Pass at the big gazebo in Riverside Park on Park Street. The 10K walk is called “Eckstein Park Walk.” For more information, call 541-471-0713.
    KS Wild hike
    Saturday, June 18: A seven-mile roundtrip hike from Grave Creek to Whisky Creek in the Rogue River Canyon leaves Grave Creek boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. Call Lesley at 541-488-5789 for details and car-pooling information.
    Sierra Club backpacking trips
    Friday-Sunday, July 8-10: Hike to VIP Pond in Young's Valley portion of the Siskiyou Wilderness. Trek in is 4.3 miles. The second day will feature an eight-mile hike to Raspberry Lake. Day three features a two-mile hike to another lake before hiking out. Trip is limited to 12 people. Carpooling is possible; costs to be shared with drivers. Participants bring their own food. Group will practice Leave No Trace camping. For reservations, email Al Collinet at dewbobal@frontier.com.
    Friday-Sunday, July 22-24: Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail near Etna, Calif., to Payne Lake in the Russian Wilderness. Hike in will be three miles, with a short trip to explore Albert and Upper Albert lakes. The second day will feature an eight-mile hike along the PCT. Trip is limited to 12 people. Carpooling is possible; costs to be shared with drivers. Participants bring their own food. Group will practice Leave No Trace camping. For reservations, email Al Collinet at dewbobal@frontier.com.
    Native Plant Society outings
    Saturday, May 21: Field trip to Fielder Mountain starts at 10 a.m. Moderate-to-strenuous, eight-mile (roundtrip) hike passes thru private and BLM land on its 2,500-foot gain to the summit. Contact George at atoldrecordguy@gmail.com or 541-582-8980 for directions and details.
    Sunday, May 22: Mushroom expert John Teem will lead a hike to look for black morels in the Howard Prairie Lake area. Meet at 10 a.m. behind Oil Stop on Ashland Street next to the Ashland BiMart and Shop 'n' Kart off exit 14. For more information, contact Teem at 541-621-6137 or john@continuumfarm.com.
    Saturday, June 11: Field trip to Woodcock Bog RNA/Rough and Ready Creek Preserve to see late spring serpentine flora at two special locations in the Illinois Valley, hopefully including all the species of rush lily (Hastingsia), a genus found only in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The view of the rare, large-flowered, purple rush lily covering Woodcock Fen is one of the great Klamath Mountain botanical experiences. Hike starts at 9 a.m. and is limited to 15 participants. Email leader Norm Jensen at normjensen@gmail.com to register. Meeting location and details will be sent the week prior to the field trip.
    Saturday, June 18: NPSO Fellow Frank Callahan will lead a trip starting at 10 a.m. to see a Hinds walnut site on Bear Creek, followed by trip to see the famous “Tolo Tree,” a gray pine, then a quick jog to the Fort Lane historical site to see the gallery tree and then to Foley Lane for a short but rigorous hike to see both gray pine and California buckeye. Bring a lunch and prepare to carpool. Group size limited; preregistration required. Contact Callahan at 541-855-1164 or callahanseeds@gmail.com .
    Saturday, July 16: Walk between walls of tower larkspur and monkshood to the top of Grizzly Peak, and then check out the summer bloom along the loop trail. Distance is five miles with an elevation gain of 1,350 feet. Meet 9 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop ‘n' Kart parking lot in Ashland. Leader is Alex Maksymowicz. Call 541-482-1964 for details.
    Pompadour Run
    Saturday, May 21: The 9K and 5K runs start at 9 a.m. at North Mountain Park in Ashland. Entry costs $20 by May 20, which includes a T-shirt. Race-day entry costs an additional $5 and no shirt. Extra shirts will be available for $10 at the event, which is sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store.
    Lake of the Woods runs
    Saturday, June 4: 15K and 5K runs start at 9:30 a.m. The 15K will make a circuit around the lake on paved highways. The 5K is an out-and-back course. A walk and children's dash will also be held. Entry costs $15, or $25 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, by May 20. Add $2 for race-day registrations. Go to www.skylakes.org for details or call 541-882-6311, ext. 4768.
    Group bike rides for beginners
    Saturdays, through June 11: If you've ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of group riding, but felt intimidated about jumping into a pace line with a bunch of lycra-clad hard bodies, Siskiyou Velo Club has just the ticket. The club is holding beginner-friendly group rides on the Bear Creek Greenway through June 11. The first ride will be six miles, the second will be 11 miles and the rest will be 14 miles at an easy pace, with a cuppa along the way. The goal will be to learn the basics of group riding and group etiquette, with a focus on relaxed socializing. The first ride starts at Ashland Bicycle Works on Ashland Street in Ashland, where you can get your bike checked out for free. All of the rides start at 10 a.m. For other details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289; Steve Juul at 541-535-1435; or Sandra Wetzel at 541-482-2995.
    Recurring road rides
    Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 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 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 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 cyclea@internetcds.com.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Friday-Saturday, June 3-4: Birding By Ear Workshop and Field Trip. With a focus on intermediate to advanced skills, group will practice identifying warbler, finch and flycatcher vocalizations and will distinguish sound-alike species such as western tanager and black-headed grosbeak. Instruction in the classroom and field will be provided by John Alexander, KBO executive director. June 3 class is 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Nature Center in Medford. June 4 field trip is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a location to be announced. Advance registration required. Limited to 20 participants. Cost is $25 members, $35 nonmembers. To register, call 541-201-0866.
    Saturday, June 11: Family-friendly birding at the Jefferson Nature Center. Group will learn how to use binoculars and field guides and about some of the bird species common to the Rogue Valley. All ages welcome. Meet at 10 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 20 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
    Saturday, July 2: Birdwalk to the Ashland Pond and Bear Creek Greenway with KBO birdwalk leader and Northwest Nature Shop employee Terence Philippe. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, July 9: Birdwalk to Soda Mountain with KBO contractor Frank Lospalluto for high-elevation birding along the Pacific Crest Trail. Group will likely see many songbirds that breed at higher elevations, including Nashville warbler, warbling vireo, western tanager and purple and Cassin's finch. Pileated woodpecker, red-breasted sapsucker, red crossbill, and mountain quail are also possibilities. 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, Aug. 6: Birdwalk to Howard Prairie and Hyatt lakes led by Frank Lospalluto. Group will start around Howard Prairie looking for sandhill crane, western meadowlark, western bluebird, and lark and vesper sparrow. Plan to bring a lunch to eat by the lake; return to Ashland in the early afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, Aug. 13: Birdwalk to Agate Lake led by Karen Hussey and Jeff O'Connell for an exploration of this Medford lake that provides critical habitat for many Rogue Valley bird species. 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, Sept. 3: Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake led by KBO member and Northwest Nature Shop employee Terence Philippe for an exploration of the trails on the backside of Emigrant Lake. Group will travel to the east end of the lake and follow spur roads to the lakeside trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, Sept. 10: Trip to Upper Klamath Lake to visit one of KBO's long-term ecological monitoring and bird-banding stations. At the Seven Mile Guard Station on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, group will visit a KBO banding station and have the chance to view many fall migrant songbirds up-close. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $25 for nonmembers, $15 KBO members. To register, call 541-770-1104.
    Bike Safety Fair
    Saturday, May 21: The city of Central Point Parks and Recreation Department, Police Department and Fire District No. 3 are putting on a Bike Safety Fair in Central Point. The event, at Don Jones Park, will coordinate with the opening of the Don Jones Water Spray Park. The fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have bike demonstrations, free helmets when you bring your bike, obstacle courses and lots of games.
    Equestrian cleanup planned
    Saturday, May 21: Rogue Valley Equestrian Trails Association is looking for volunteers to participate in a trail cleanup day along the Bear Creek Greenway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Seven Oaks Trailhead on Blackwell Road in Central Point. The goal is to clear the trail between the trailhead and the Jackson County Expo. Volunteers should bring gloves and tools such as pruners, shovels and chain saws. For more information, call Mike Lutz at 541-944-9192 or see www.rveta.org.
    Native American Ecological Education Symposium
    Saturday, May 21: Native American drumming, demonstrations of fishnet techniques, flint knapping and basketweaving will be featured during the symposium at Southern Oregon University, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Rogue River Room of Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The symposium is being sponsored by SOU's Native American Student Union, Ecology Center of the Siskiyous and Native American Programs. The event started more than 10 years ago as a capstone project and has grown into a biannual event. Representatives from tribes across the nation and regional organizations will present lectures, workshops and information about environmental and cultural resource management issues. For more information, call Marsha F. Small at 541-868-7000.
    Native Plant Society Wildflower Show
    Monday, July 4: The Siskiyou Chapter's annual wildflower show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, in Ashland. The show will highlight the variety of native flowers that can be found in bloom near Ashland in early July. For more info, call Jim Duncan 541-482-7629.
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