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  • Get Out: April 6, 2012

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  • Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
    Saturdays-Sundays through April 29: Ranger-led snowshoe hikes in Crater Lake National Park start at 1 p.m., last two hours and cover approximately one mile of moderately strenuous terrain. Snowshoes are provided free. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are recommended. For information and to sign up, call the park at 541-594-3100.
    SOLC hikes
    The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is offering nine free, guided hikes for the public in various parts of the Rogue Valley this spring. Numbers are limited, so interested hikers need to pre-register. For more information and to sign up, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org. For more details on each hike, see the SOLC's website at www.landconserve.org.
    Friday, April 13: Upper Table Rock, Sams Valley. A Bureau of Land Management interpreter will lead a 2.5-mile hike to the top of Upper Table Rock; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; maximum 30 hikers.
    Saturday, April 14: Limpy Creek Loop, Grants Pass. Ecologist Tom Atzet will lead a one-mile, pet-friendly hike through a botanically rich landscape; 2 to 4:30 p.m.; maximum 30 hikers.
    Thursday, April 19: Oredson-Todd Woods, Ashland. Naturalist Vern Crawford will lead an easy, two-mile, pet-friendly hike through protected forestland from 2 to 3 p.m.; maximum 15 hikers.
    Saturday, April 28: Mike Uhtoff Trail, Ashland. Kristi Mergenthaler will lead a two-mile, moderate, pet-friendly hike in Siskiyou Mountain Park; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; maximum 16 hikers.
    Thursday, May 10: Oredson-Todd Woods, Ashland. Naturalist Vern Crawford will lead an easy, two-mile, pet-friendly hike through forestland; 2 to 3 p.m.; maximum 15 hikers.
    Sunday, May 20: Birding in the Jacksonville Woodlands, Jacksonville. Ornithologist Dennis Vroman will lead a moderate, two-mile birding tour; 8 a.m. to noon; maximum 25 hikers.
    Friday, June 13: Pacific Crest Trail at Howard Prairie. Kristi Mergenthaler will guide an easy, two-mile hike along a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; maximum 15 hikers.
    Native Plant Society hikes
    Saturday, May 12: Sasha Joachims will lead an easy hike on Upper Table Rock through oak woodland, chaparral and mixed woodland to the mounded prairie/vernal pools on the top. Highlights will include the endemic Southern Oregon buttercup, the rare dwarf wooly meadowfoam and many other spring flowers. Contact Joachims at sasharain71@gmail.com or 541-661-3492. The group will meet at the Upper Table Rock trailhead off Modoc Road at 9 a.m.
    Saturday, May 19: Barb Mumblo will lead a hike from the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead up to the Sterling Mine Ditch and back down to the Bear Gulch trailhead. The Sterling Mine Ditch was completed in 1877 to bring water from the Little Applegate River to Sterling Creek for hydraulic mining. The berm along the ditch is a great trail and has recently been improved by Applegate volunteers. Elevations range from 2,400 to 2,800 feet through oak woodlands and meadows with great views of the Little Applegate. The hike is easy and about four miles long, with a shuttle between trailheads. Meet at 9 a.m. in Ruch at the parking lot near Ruch Country Store on Highway 238. For information, call Barb at 541-899-3855 (week days).
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, April 7: 10K walk in Gold Hill. Meet at the Post Office parking lot on 2nd Avenue at 8:45 a.m. For information, call 541-245-9356.
    Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs
    Saturday, July 14: Registration is open for the 14th annual Siskiyou Outback trail runs. There will be three races this year, the traditional 50K and 15K, plus a new 50-mile distance. See www.siskiyououtback.com for information.
    Siskiyou Velo Club - beginner group rides
    Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28: The Siskiyou Velo bicycle club is organizing a series of four group rides on Saturdays in April designed to get adults on a bicycle again.
    The rides, on sections of the Bear Creek Greenway, will begin with slow, easy outings of about six miles and progress to moderate rides of about 14 miles. Each ride will include a stop for coffee or tea and social time. The goal is to help people get some exercise and feel comfortable riding in a group. Organizers will teach techniques, skills and etiquette of group riding.
    Participants must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube and sign an insurance waiver to release the bicycle club from liability.
    The rides, which begin at 10 a.m., are:
    April 7: A six-mile ride begins in Ashland, where bikes can be checked for free by Tim Schurr, owner of Ashland Bicycle Works on Ashland Street. A short discussion on group riding techniques will precede the ride to the bike path for a short, get-acquainted ride and coffee stop.
    April 14: An 11-mile ride will start at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix and continue to Medford's Bad Ass Cafe.
    April 21: A 14-mile ride will begin at Jefferson Nature Center at US Cellular Park in Medford and proceed to Central Point, with coffee stop along the way.
    April 28: A 14-mile ride will start at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent and continue to Bear Creek Park in Medford for a coffee treat picnic provided by the Siskiyou Velo Club.
    For information, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289 or email star@mind.net.
    “Driver” and ride-leader trainings
    April 6, 7, 14 and 28: Siskiyou Velo Club is offering various trainings in upcoming weeks, including skills trainings and ride-leader trainings. The skills trainings focus on teaching cyclists to drive their bikes the way they would drive a car. This is called “vehicular cycling” and has been shown to make cyclists safer on roads by making them as visible and predictable as other motorists. For more information on what will be taught at the various trainings, contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289 or star@mind.net.
    Learn about bicycle touring
    Wednesday, April 11: Siskiyou Velo bicycle club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Club member Victoria Brown, who completed a cross-country bicycle tour last summer, will give a presentation about her trip. Afterward, the group will display large maps of short-term (two- to eight-day) bike tours the club will organize in the coming months. A few cargo-laden bicycles will be displayed at the meeting, which people can heft and discuss with the owners. For information, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289 or email star@mind.net.
    Recurring road rides
    Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 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. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.
    Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride usually begins at 10 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon 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 Sunday: Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville hosts a 2- to 3-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email cyclea@internetcds.com.
    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 email cyclea@internetcds.com.
    Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, April 7: KBO volunteer Forrest English will lead a biking and birding outing to the Ashland Pond and along the Bear Creek Greenway to look for spring migrants such as common yellowthroat, orange-crowned warbler and yellow-breasted chat. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Bring your bike, helmet and binoculars. Limited to 10 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, April 14: Frank Lospalluto will lead a birdwalk on Lower Table Rock to look for spring migrants such as oak titmouse, blue-gray gnatcatcher, Lewis' woodpecker, American kestrel, Anna's hummingbird, Bewick's wren and savannah sparrow. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
    Ashland Bike Swap
    Saturday, April 28: The 22nd annual bike swap will run from noon to 4 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1 per person or $3 per family. Those interested in selling items can be drop them off beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, or at 7 a.m. Saturday. For information, call Ashland Parks & Recreation at 541-488-5340 or see www.rvtd.org/bikeswap. To volunteer, call 541-951-7642 or email lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us.
    Coyote Trails School of Nature
    Saturday, April 14: How to build a survival debris shelter. Shelter is your first priority for surviving in a temperate climate. Gain hands-on experience building a warm and protective debris shelter with materials offered by the earth. You might leave the class with the confidence of knowing how to survive a night in the cold. Class will run from noon to 2 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland. For ages 7 and older. To register, see www.ashland.or.us/register or call North Mountain Park at 541-488-6606. Cost is $15. Instructor is Jesse Biesanz. Cost is $15.
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