Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Sept. 29: Explore both the town and the river on this 10K walk in Rogue River. Meet at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road at 8:45 for registration and a route map. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Lithia Park Nature Walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 30: Ashland Parks and Recreation Department holds free Lithia Park nature walks from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Walks are easy, and topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and park history. Attendees should meet at the park entrance across from the Plaza. No pre-registration is necessary. Call 541-488-5340.
Ride the Rogue
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15: The annual cycling event includes rides of 25, 50 and 100 miles, and hikes of two and four miles, plus a celebratory meal with live music, raffles and silent auction at the finish line at Palmerton Park Arboretum in Rogue River. The event is a fundraiser for a path that will one day extend from Grants Pass to Ashland. For details, call 541-601-6087 or see www.ridetherogue.org.
Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Bike Race
Sunday, Sept. 16: The 31st annual event begins 9 a.m. in downtown Ashland at the plaza and climbs to the Mt. Ashland ski area parking lot. With 4,600 feet of elevation gain, the race rivals some of the toughest climbing events on the West Coast. The race pits road cyclists versus mountain bikers and cyclocross folks. Facing back-to-back, everyone starts at the same time. The roadies race 24 miles on pavement, while the dirt riders head up 18 miles of mostly Forest Service roads. Both categories join for the last two miles of climbing to the finish at the Mt. Ashland ski lodge. See www.mtashlandbike.com for details. All proceeds go to the nonprofit Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association to build and maintain trails in the Ashland area.
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.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Sept. 8: Birdwalk at Little Hyatt Reservoir from 8 to 11 a.m. occurs as part of the Greensprings Festival. Beginning and seasoned birders are welcome to join KBO's executive director and founder, John Alexander, for a leisurely walk through the woods and around the reservoir in search of American dippers, gray jays, red-winged blackbirds, yellow warblers, a variety of ducks and a great grey owl. Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water. For details about the walk, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about the Greensprings Festival, which includes runs, rides, walks, workshops, food and music, see www.greenspringsmountainfestival.org.
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.
Coyote School of Nature
Sunday, Sept. 9: Nature's Bounty: Primitive Food Preservation. You've harvested some meat, berries and other goodies. Now, what to do with them? Learn how to dry and smoke meat, make pemmican and store these treats longterm, away from hungry critters and the elements. No experience required. Cost is $25. Class is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center in Medford. To register, see www.coyotetrails.org, email email@example.com or call 541-482-0513.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Wilderness Basket Weaving: Learn to weave baskets from natural and readily available materials. No experience required. Space is limited to 10 students. Cost is $35. Class is from 9 a.m. to noon at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center in Medford. To register, see www.coyotetrails.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-482-0513.
Pine 2 Palm 100
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16: Annual 100-mile race sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners follows a remote and rugged point-to-point course traversing the Siskiyou Mountains from Williams to Ashland on a mixture of single-track trail and dirt roads with less than four miles of pavement. The course boasts more than 20,000 feet of climbing and descents with three climbs to 7,000 feet. Entry is limited to 200 runners. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
Saturday, Sept. 22: Based in Lithia Park in Ashland, the third-annual event features six legs, including a 12.5-mile road bike ride from Lithia Park to Emigrant Lake; just under two miles in a flatwater kayak or on a paddle board; almost 20 miles of cycling on scenic rural roads back to Lithia Park; a 9K run up into the hills; a nine-mile mountain-bike ride; and a 5K loop around Lithia Park. Athletes can participate as individuals, pairs, or three- to six-member teams. While the athletes are circling Ashland, festivities will occur throughout the day. Early registration ends Sept. 10; late registration ends Sept. 20. For details, see www.siskiyouchallenge.org.
Moon Tree Run
Saturday, Oct. 6: The race, which was conducted annually from 1979 to 1999, has been revived. The 5K and 10K runs begin at 10 a.m. at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base, about 4.5 miles south of Cave Junction. At 9 a.m., breakfast will be for sale, registration and number pick-up will be available and pre-running stretches will be led. Also included is the Moon Sprout Relay for kids 12 and younger. To register, see www.ivcounselingandsupport.org. Print and mail the registration form and appropriate waiver, along with $15 registration fee, to Illinois Valley Counseling and Support, PO Box 1491, Cave Junction, OR 97523. For details, contact race director Lindsey B. Gillette at email.IVCS@gmail.com or 541-592-4888.