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  • Get Out: June 3, 2011

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  • Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
    Every weekend to July 4, SMWC will lead free hikes into the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument area. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and water. Most hikes involve at least a little off-trail hiking. 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. 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. For general information, contact Dave Willis at 541-482-8660 or sodamtn@mind.net. For questions about an individual hike, contact the listed hike leader.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, June 11: 10K walk through Ashland begins at 8 a.m. and will include a tour of the Railroad District. Meet in the Safeway parking lot at Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For information, call 541-245-9356.
    Saturday, June 25: 10K walk in Rogue River starts at 8 a.m. Meet at Palmerton Park on Evans Creek Road. For more information call 541-734-3719.
    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, June 11: Field trip to Rough and Ready Creek Preserve to see late-spring serpentine flora at two locations in the Illinois Valley, including all the species of rush lily (Hastingsia), a genus found only in Southern Oregon and Northern California. 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: 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.
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