• Get Out: July 22, 2011

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  • KS Wild Hike
    Saturday, July 30: Hike to Mount Elijah and Bigelow Lakes. Seven-mile hike up and around flower-laden Bigelow Lakes to the top of Mount Elijah. Hike will go through the Kangaroo Roadless Area above the Oregon Caves National Monument, an area included in the proposed legislation to create an Oregon Caves National Monument, which would designate the nation's first subterranean Wild and Scenic River, known as the River Styx. Carpools leave from Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 9 a.m., and Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction at 10:30 a.m. Details at http://kswild.org.
    Native Plant Society
    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.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, July 23: 10-kilometer walk in Grants Pass, with a 5K option. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Rays Food Place on 7th Street. For information, call 541-295-1154.
    Saturday, Aug. 6: 10-kilometer walk in historic Jacksonville will begin from the public parking lot on D Street. Meet at 7:45 a.m. For information, call 541-772-8311. The walk includes a 5K option.
    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.
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