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  • Get Out: July 8, 2011

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  • Native Plant Society
    Saturday, July 16: Midsummer on Grizzly Peak. Walk between walls of Tower Larkspur and Monkshood to the top of Grizzly Peak, then check out the summer bloom along the loop trail. Distance is 5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,350 feet. Meet at 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, 541-482-1964.
    Saturday, July 23: Evening hike to Bigelow Lakes/Mount Elijah. Lee Webb will lead the group to ideal places for botanizing and long-eared owl and bat watching. Bring dinner, warm clothes, flashlight and sturdy hiking boots. Meet at 4 p.m. at the Illinois Valley Visitor Center in Cave Junction, 1/2 block from Highway 199 on Highway 46; return by midnight. For details, call Webb at 541-479-6859.
    Saturday, July 30: Field trip to Kangaroo Lake Botanical Area in Siskiyou County, Calif., with Alex Maksymowicz. This area in the Eddy Mountains west of Mount Shasta contains numerous and interesting flora in a small area with a diversity of dry and wet habitats, including a Darlingtonia fen. Easy-to-moderate 2-mile, round-trip hike, with 600-foot elevation gain. Meet 8 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop ‘N' Kart parking lot in Ashland, about 1/4 mi west of I-5, exit 14.
    Lithia Park nature walks
    Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesday, Fridays: Through Sept. 30, trained naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department 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.
    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.
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