The Fremont-Winema National Forest will launch a series of free interpretive canoe and hiking trips beginning today designed to get people outdoors and learn about the region's natural history, flora and fauna.
Today's trip is an Upper Klamath Lake interpretive canoe trip in which participants will paddle a two-mile course in and around the Rocky Point Boat Launch off Highway 140. A guide will paddle with the group and share some of the history of Upper Klamath Lake.
Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak, as well as a personal flotation devices, throw rope, whistle and an Oregon Invasive Species permit. Rentals are available at the Rocky Point Resort.
For this and three upcoming hiking trips, participants should bring sturdy boots or shoes, plenty of water, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, bug spray and food.
The tours are weather-permitting, and reservations are encouraged. Call 541-356-2287 to reserve.
Here is a run-down on upcoming hikes:
Saturday, July 16: Cherry Creek Trail into the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area. This moderate hike will cover six miles and go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The guide will discuss the area's flora and fauna. Meet at the Cherry Creek Trailhead.
To get there, take Highway 140 to Westside Road near Rocky Point. Go about 10 miles, then turn left onto Forest Service Road No. 3450. The road will end at the trail head 1.6 miles away.
Saturday, Aug. 6: Sevenmile Guard Station. This easy hike will go from 9:30 a.m. to noon and cover 2.5 miles. The hike will begin at the guard station and cover some wet and marshy areas that should provide good bird viewing.
The guard station is at the intersection of Forest Service Road No. 3200 and No. 3300 off Nicholson Road out of Fort Klamath.
Saturday, Aug. 13: Ranger Springs. This moderate hike will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cover six miles around 5,600 feet above sea level, with gradual climbs to the Pacific Crest Trail. The hike will focus on wildflowers, wildlife habitat and wilderness management practices.
The hike begins at the Sevenmile Marsh Trailhead, 10 miles west of Fort Klamath along Forest Service Road No. 3334 off Nicholson Road.
The Siskiyou Outback, a 50K and 15K trail run known as the SOB, is being rerouted due to heavy snow along the Pacific Crest Trail near Mount Ashland.
The S.O.B. normally begins at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area and follows the PCT south approximately 15 miles to Jackson Gap, where the course turns north along Road 20 and back on the PCT to the ski area.
However, due to significant snowfall this year, the PCT is inaccessible, and an alternate course has been developed which will utilize several trails in the watershed.
The Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association is coordinating trail-work efforts on behalf of the S.O.B. race directors. Anyone interested in helping with trail efforts can attend a work party Saturday, July 2.
Volunteers should meet at the Ranger Station on Washington Street in Ashland, across from Albertsons, at 8:30 a.m. Bring gloves, water and a sack lunch; tools will be provided. A post work-day pizza dinner will be provided, and several local businesses have donated raffle prizes for participants.
Volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org so organizers know how much food to bring.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email email@example.com.