Rogue Valley Walkers
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.
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 email@example.com or 541-488-7584 for meeting place.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, see www.landconserve.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.
Gold Dust Days Run
Saturday, June 2: 5K and 10K races begin in Gold Hill City Center near the library. The 5K is a flat out-and-back and the 10K is a flat, scenic loop that crosses the Rogue River twice. Day of race registration costs $15. For information or an entry form, see the race calendar at 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 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 email@example.com.
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 3-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 begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030.
Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting time and location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville; 25 mostly flat miles, 14 to 17 mph pace. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 60-mile Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 10 a.m. at The Roasting Co. in Ashland. Some hills. Contact Wil Thomson, 541-482-4201.
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 or see 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 email@example.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.
Rainbow $5,000 Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 23: Black Bird Shopping Center's annual trout derby at Diamond Lake pays $5,000 in prizes, with $1,000 going to the angler catching the longest trout, $750 for second place and $500 for third. Prizes continue down to the top 30 anglers, with 21st to 30th place getting $50 each. In addition, five fish tagged by Blackbird are worth $100 each to whomever catches them, and one fish tagged by Lithia Auto Body is worth $1,000. The tagged fish can be caught and turned in anytime during the 2012 fishing season. Proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network. For details, call Black Bird at 541-779-5431 or Diamond Lake Resort at 800-733-7593.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, June 2: Learn how to make arrowheads, knives, axes and more out of flint. You'll learn how to read “rock percussions” so the rock will break just the way you want it to. Open to ages 10 and older. Cost is $30. Class is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center, Medford. Pre-registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-482-0513.
Sunday, June 3: Open-fire primitive cooking. No experience required. All ages welcome. Cost is $20. Class runs 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center, Medford. Pre-registration is required. Email email@example.com or call 541-482-0513.
Saturday, June 9: How to preserve food. Learn how to dry and smoke meat, make pemmican, and store these treats long-term, away from hungry critters and the elements. No experience required. All ages welcome. Cost is $25. Class runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center, Medford. Pre-registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-482-0513.