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  • Get Out: June 10, 2011

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  • Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
    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. in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop ‘N' Kart on Ashland Street in Ashland. Attendees must sign a liability waiver at the start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of the hike leader. For questions, contact the hike leader.
    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. in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop ‘N' Kart on Ashland Street in Ashland. Attendees must sign a liability waiver at the start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of the hike leader. For questions, contact the hike leader.
    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. Bring a sack supper and meet at 2 p.m. in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop ‘N' Kart on Ashland Street in Ashland. Attendees must sign a liability waiver at the start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of the hike leader. For questions, contact the hike leader.
    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. Bring a sack supper and meet at 1 p.m. in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop ‘N' Kart on Ashland Street in Ashland. Attendees must sign a liability waiver at the start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of the hike leader. For questions, contact the hike leader.
    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.
    Granite Man
    Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12: Multi-sport competition at Applegate Lake include an off-road triathlon, duathlon and kids' triathlon on June 11, and a 10-mile mountain run on June 12. Races start at 9 a.m. Registration deadline is Thursday, June 9. For details and to sign up, see http://granite-man.com.
    Eagle Point centennial bike ride
    Saturday, June 11: Three rides include a mostly flat 10K route entirely within town; a 50K (31 miles) that goes out to Lake Creek and back; and a 100K loop that takes in Lake Creek, White City, TouVelle and Sams Valley. Cost is $10 for the 10K, $15 for the 50K and $20 for the 100K. For details, call 541-362-1352 or email epbike@yahoo.com.
    Group bike ride for beginners
    Saturday, June 11: Siskiyou Velo Club is holding the last in a series of beginner-friendly group rides. The ride starts at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent on Valley View Road and follows the Bear Creek Greenway 14 miles, with a picnic in Bear Creek Park in Medford provided by Siskiyou Velo. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
    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
    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.
    Siskiyou Field Institute classes
    Saturday, June 11: Siskiyou Botanizing: Days Gulch and Beyond. Explore habitats ranging from intricate serpentine grassland, chaparral and Jeffrey pine forest to a large Darlingtonia fen as the class botanizes its way up T.J. Howell Memorial Drive to Babyfoot Lake (snow level permitting). Class begins at 8 a.m. at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. Advanced registration required; fee $50. To register, or for more information, contact Siskiyou Field Institute at 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
    Saturday, June 18: Wetland and Riparian Habitats of the Klamath-Siskiyou. This class will learn about the ecology, hydrology and wildlife of the wetland and riparian areas of the Klamath-Siskiyou and about legislative efforts affecting these sensitive areas. Class begins at 9 a.m. at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. Advanced registration required; fee $50. For more information, call Siskiyou Field Institute at 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
    Saturday, June 19: T.J. Howell was Oregon's earliest pioneer botanist and published the first regional flora for the Pacific Northwest, despite having only three months of formal education. Howell botanized heavily in southwest Oregon and many of the rare plants in the region were discovered by or named after him. This class will explore several sites in Josephine County where Howell botanized and see plants named for and discovered by him. Class begins at 9 a.m. at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. Advance registration is required; fee $50. To register, or for more information, call Siskiyou Field Institute at 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
    Rainbow $5,000 Trout Derby
    Saturday, June 25: The 14th annual Diamond Lake trout derby, sponsored by Black Bird Shopping Center and Oregon Outdoors, pays out $5,000 in prizes for the 30 heaviest fish, including $1,000 for the grand-prize winner. New this year, organizers have tagged and released five fish that are worth an extra $100 each. If only one is caught, it's worth $500. Proceeds from the derby, cosponsored by Diamond Lake Resort, Riverhawk and Lithia Body & Paint, go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To enter or for details, call Black Bird at 541-779-5431 or Diamond Lake Resort at 800-733-7593.
    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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