Get Out: Aug. 17, 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.

The Mountain Meanderers
Saturday, Aug. 25:
A "quiet hiking" group is forming for weekly walks in the Rogue Valley and surrounding mountains. Hikers will commune with nature at a relaxed pace and enjoy conscious companionship with the option to walk in silence or share minimal, meaningful conversation. For information, call 541-488-7482.


CYCLING

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, 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, Sept. 8: 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.


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