Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
Saturday, June 18: Ornithologist Pepper Trail (541-482-9594; firstname.lastname@example.org) 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; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 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.
Grizzly Peak plant walk
Sunday, June 19: Jon Carlson, a clinical herbalist and director of the Vitalist School of Herbology in Ashland, will lead a walk focused on plant identification and edible and medicinal uses, as well as tips on gathering and preparation. Printed reference materials are provided with each class. For ages 14 and up. Cost is $35. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. Directions for meeting place available upon registration.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Plant Society outings
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 email@example.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.
Rooster Crow Run
Saturday, June 25: The 5K run and 2-mile walk start at 8 a.m. at Rogue River Middle School's Beck Field. The course is paved, flat and fastRace-dat registration costs $10. For details, call 541-621-6361 or go to the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klamath Bird Observatory
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.
Let's Pull Together
Saturday, June 18: The Jackson County Cooperative Weed Management Area is organizing its fourth annual Let's Pull Together invasive weed event from 9 a.m. to noon at Denman Wildlife Area in White City. Volunteers will remove invasive cutleaf teasel and other target weeds, then meet up for a volunteer-appreciation event that includes a free barbecue, T-shirt, raffle and educational displays. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more information and to register, call 541-776-4270 or email email@example.com. The CWMA is a coordinated effort of 15 agencies, watershed councils and nonprofits to promote weed education and prevention, and a healthy ecosystem.
Siskiyou Field Institute classes
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.