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  • Get Out: May 11, 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, 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.
    Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
    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. 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.
    Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
    Saturday, June 2: Jad D'Allura, professor emeritus of geology at SOU, and Armand Rebischke, BLM botanist, will lead an informational hike to Hobart Bluff in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group will focus on geology in the morning and botany in the afternoon, with lunch on the bluff. Hobart Bluff is a place where the geology and mixing of eco-regions that create the CSNM's unique biodiversity is easy to see. Participants are welcome to attend all or part of the day. Space is limited. RSVP to info@friendsofcsnm.org or 541-488-7584 for meeting place.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    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.
    Run The Ditch Trail
    Saturday, May 26: The inaugural 5-mile run in the Little Applegate goes along the historic Sterling Ditch Mine trail, dug by Chinese mine workers in 1877. There will also be a free hike. The event is co-sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners, Siskiyou Upland Trails Association and BLM. The race starts at 9 a.m., and the hike starts 10 minutes later. To register, go online to sorunners.org. For details, call Seth Weintraub at 541-899-7659 or Steve Goldman at 541-899-3232.
    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.
    Ride of Silence
    Wednesday, May 16: “The Ride of Silence” is an event held at the same time and date at locations all over the world to remember bicyclists who have been injured or killed on public roads and to raise awareness of cycling safety. At 7 p.m., cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured. The ride, organized locally by Siskiyou Velo bicycle club, is free. Cyclists will ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent. There are no commercial sponsors. The Medford ride will start in Hawthorne Park and continue to Central Point and back to Hawthorne Park on the Bear Creek Greenway. For details, call Viki Brown at 541-830-5876.
    Bicycle touring
    Siskiyou Velo club member Phil Gagnon is organizing a series of self-supported bicycle tours for beginners. The tours are free other than your expenses for food, supplies and travel. For details, email Gagnon at star@mind.net.
    Tuesday-Thursday, May 29-31: Yreka-Shasta tour. This trip is designed as an introduction to self-supported touring. It's for the rider intrigued by the idea of doing a tour, yet has never done one. This will be a three-day loop tour with two overnights at a Weed campsite or motel. Meals can either be prepared or eaten in restaurants.
    Tuesday-Friday, July 24-27: Monmouth tour. This will be a motel/sag wagon tour. Group will drive to Corvallis for the first night, then drive to Monmouth the next morning and leave the cars at a motel. From there, you'll ride 35 miles to a McMinnville motel for the second night. The next day the group will loop eastward to the Wheatland Ferry and circle back to stay in the Monmouth motel. Day 3 will include a southern loop from Monmouth taking the Buena Vista Ferry and circling back to Monmouth.
    Sunday-Saturday, Aug. 19-25: Roseburg eastern loop. This is strictly a camping tour. From Roseburg, group will ride east to Diamond Lake and do a large circle back to Roseburg via Lost Creek Lake, Trail and Canyonville. Group will camp each night and most days carry and prepare their own food, as there are few places to buy food on this route.
    Sunday-Friday, Sept. 9-14: Eugene to Champoeg State Park. This is a loop tour that includes camping and motels. Group will mostly eat out as they pass through many little towns along the route. The terrain is Willamette Valley flat.
    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.
    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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