Get Out: Aug. 10, 2012

HIKING

Applegate Trails Association
Sunday, Aug. 19:
Group will start at 9 a.m. by hiking a private trail system in the headwaters of Slagle Creek. From there the trail connects to BLM's Felton Trail, which connects to the Enchanted Forest Trail. Schmidt Family Vineyard is prepared to serve food and wine for the group after the hike. Rated moderate. Group will meet at the Applegate Store, 15095 Highway 238, Applegate. See www.applegatetrails.org.


RUNNING

Butte Falls Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, Aug. 11:
The seventh annual 5K run and 1-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. on Broad Street in front of City Hall. Pre-register online through Aug. 9 at http://tinyurl.com/c78a78t. Race-day registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. For information, call race director Janelle Scofield at 541-865-7885.


CYCLING

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.

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 cyclea@internetcds.com.

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 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.


BIRDING

Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Aug. 11:
KBO's Brandon Breen will lead a birdwalk to Lower Table Rock to spot oak woodland songbirds and raptors, including turkey vultures. Expect two to three miles of relaxed walking with some elevation gain. Bring plenty of water. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104. Carpools from Medford to the trailhead will be arranged.

Saturday, Sept. 1: KBO's Karen Hussey will lead an exploration of the habitats at Emigrant Lake. This popular birding spot hosts ducks, shorebirds and a number of resident raptors, along with less common birds such as Bullock's oriole, bushtit and lark sparrow. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

North Mountain Park
Saturday, Aug. 11:
Saturday morning birdwalks are held from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., in Ashland. Stroll through the park with local birding experts to see and hear a variety of birds that spend the summer in the Rogue Valley. Binoculars and field guides are available for checkout. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the nature center at 541-488-6606. All ages are welcome.


EVENTS

The Nature Conservancy
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 11-12:
The Nature Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help remove barbed-wire fence at its Sycan Marsh site, a vast, verdant wetland in the upper reaches of the Klamath Basin. It is a key site for wetland research and restoration, and is home to thousands of nesting and migrating birds, threatened fish and newly discovered aquatic creatures. Advance registration is required. Volunteers younger than 18 must complete additional paperwork prior to the event. If you have questions or would like to register, call Teresa Fernandez at 541-770-7933, ext. 5, or email tfernandez@tnc.org. Please note that this is an overnight work party. Volunteers will camp on site with access to a full kitchen and bathroom. Simple meals will be provided.


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