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  • Get Out: April 27, 2012

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  • Table Rocks Hikes
    Free, guided hikes on Upper and Lower Table Rock are organized by the Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy. Reservations are required. Call the BLM Medford District Office at 541-618-2200 to sign up. Bring lunch and water and allow three to five hours.
    Saturday, April 28: 7:30 p.m. (Lower Table Rock) - Steve Godwin, BLM wildlife biologist, will listen for sounds of the night from dusk to dark on a jaunt around the Lower Table Rock Loop (1/2 mile, accessible trail). He will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned and screech owls. Bring flashlights and good hiking shoes. Limited to 20 individuals.
    Sunday, April 29: 10 a.m. (Lower Table Rock) - Teresa Fernandez, Nature Conservancy AmeriCorps member, will lead an interactive hike to learn about the diversity on the Rocks by awakening the detective and adventurer within you. Optional items to bring: digital camera, binoculars, small notebook, magnifying glass.
    Saturday, May 5: 10 a.m. (Upper Table Rock) - Marcia Wineteer, BLM botanist, will lead a hike to explore the native flora and wildflowers of the Table Rocks.
    Sunday, May 6: 10 a.m. (Lower Table Rock) - Professional photographer Jared Cruce will lead a creative adventure up Lower Table Rock. Cruce specializes in commercial and editorial photography and teaches workshops across the country. He will provide tips to improve your shots and to help you find a voice in your images. Bring a digital camera, fresh batteries and questions. No need for tripods or fancy equipment.
    Saturday, May 12: 10 a.m. (Upper Table Rock) - Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at SOU, will lead a hike to explore the six and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks. Limited to 20 individuals.
    Sunday, May 13: 10 a.m. (Lower Table Rock) - A BLM environmental specialist will lead a general information hike suitable for the whole family. Topics will include wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.
    Saturday, May 19: 7:30 p.m. (Lower Table Rock) - Tony Kerwin, BLM wildlife biologist and district planning and environmental coordinator, will lead a hike focused on regional bats, their unique characteristics and the threats facing them. The group will use bat detectors to listen for bats on a short walk around the Lower Table Rock Loop (1/2-mile accessible trail). Bring a flashlight and good hiking shoes. Limited to 20 individuals.
    Sunday, May 20: 10 a.m. (Lower Table Rock) - Robert Kentta, cultural resources director, member and elected official of the Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians, will discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes moved from the Rogue Valley and other parts of Western Oregon to the Siletz Reservations. Weather permitting, a 45-minute presentation of traditional basketry and regalia (in the parking area) will be followed by a stroll to the top.
    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.
    Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
    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. For information and to sign up, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org. For more details, see www.landconserve.org.
    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. For information and to sign up, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org. For more details, see www.landconserve.org.
    Sunday, May 20: Birding in the Jacksonville Woodlands. Ornithologist Dennis Vroman will lead a moderate, two-mile birding tour; 8 a.m. to noon; maximum 25 hikers. For information and to sign up, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org. For more details, see www.landconserve.org.
    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. For more information and to sign up, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org. For details, see www.landconserve.org.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, May 5: 10K Old Medford Walk (with a 5K option) will include Downtown Medford's “Art in Bloom,” event. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Food 4 Less parking lot near the Quality Inn on Biddle Road. For information call 541-857-6046.
    Saturday, May 12: The group will hold a volksmarch in the Cathedral Hills Trails near Grants Pass, featuring 5K, 10K and 15K options. The Cathedral Hills Trails have limited parking, so a shuttle will be offered from Faith Baptist Church, 3405 Williams Highway (Highway 238). Registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Walks end at 5 p.m. For information, call 541-245-9356 or 541-659-5300.
    Saturday, May 26: 10K Ashland Railroad Walk (with a 5K option) begins at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard at Sherman Street in Ashland. Arrive at 8:45 a.m. for registration. For information call 541-245-9356.
    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).
    Tough As Nails
    Saturday, May 12: 10-mile and 5K mountain runs at Prescott Park on Roxy Ann Peak in Medford start at 8:30 and 9 a.m., respectively. For registration materials and details, see www.sorunners.org.
    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
    Saturday, April 28: The Siskiyou Velo bicycle club organized a series of group rides on Saturdays in April designed to get adults on a bicycle again. Saturday's ride is the last in that series. The 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.
    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.
    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.
    Siskiyou Mountain Club
    Saturday, May 5: The Siskiyou Mountain Club will host its first volunteer appreciation night at 6 p.m. in Meese Auditorium at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Participants are invited to enjoy appetizers, beverages and bid on a silent auction. At 7 p.m., a presentation will feature a virtual tour of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, volunteer stories and granting of two awards. The 2002 Biscuit Fire left much of the wilderness area's 153-mile trail system impassable and dangerous. In 2010 and 2011, SMC volunteers spent more than 2,000 hours clearing 21 miles of a 28-mile route through the Kalmiopsis. Those planning to attend should RSVP at www.siskiyoumountainclub.org or contact Gabe Howe at 503-545-4911 or howegabe@gmail.com.
    Siskiyou Field Institute
    Saturday, May 19: SFI will hold a “Birds & Brews” fundraiser at the nonprofit group's Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, in Selma. Birding workshops and hikes with expert birders will occur on the hour from 7 to 11 a.m., and wildflower hikes with expert botanists will leave at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. From noon to 4 p.m. there will be workshops, entertainment and food, including music by Eight Dollar Mountain and the Robbie DaCosta Trio. Cost is $20 per adult. Youths under 18 get in free with a paying parent or guardian. See www.thesfi.org/Page.asp?NavID=603 for details and to buy tickets.

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