Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 28: Crater Lake National Park offers free, ranger-guided snowshoe hikes every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The walks last two hours and cover about 1 mile of moderately strenuous terrain through the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free, and the park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For information and to sign up, call the visitor center at 541-594-3100 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Groups of 15 people or more (such as school groups, outdoor clubs and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour for their group on weekdays or weekends.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 12: 10K Medford Bridge Walk will explore south Medford and Bear Creek. Meets in the Bear Creek Park lot on Highland Avenue at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Jan. 26: The Ashland Town Walk will cover 10K jaunt, with a shorter 5K option available. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 11-13: Weekend outing at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center will include Saturday lessons for beginners and intermediates, and an introduction to skate skiing, along with unorganized skiing and social activities. Rental skis (classic and skate) are available at the Nordic Center (see www.mtshastanordic.org/nordic_center3.htm for rental information). For details, call Edgar or Karen Hee at 541-734-4872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sunday, Jan. 20: Low-elevation hike to the Illinois River to explore serpentine ecosystems and riparian forests. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee shop in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ray's Market in Selma at 10:30 a.m. Bring rain gear and lunch for this moderate hike. For details, call Morgan Lindsay at 541-488-5789.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Sixth annual 5K and 10K event starts at 9:30 a.m. at Madrone Trail Public Charter School, 3070 Ross Lane, Central Point. The 5K course is out and back on Ross to Hanley. The 10K goes out and back on Ross to Hanley to Beall. Cost is $12 if registered by Jan. 15; $10 for SOR members. After Jan. 15, it's $15 all runners. Race-day registration runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. See the race calendar at sorunners.org for details and to register.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the Siskiyou Velo club rides listed below are leisurely while others are intense. All rides provide rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction and support are available on all rides. No rider is left behind.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Austen Meek, 541-482-0930.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 18 to 30 miles of slightly hilly terrain. Contact: Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.
Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 28 to 40 miles with long climbs. Contact: Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Saturday: 20-mile race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course varies. Contact: Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various afternoon times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact: David Chapman, 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at The Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact: Bob MacCracken, 425-512-3829.
Every Friday: Moderate rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to the Applegate or TBD. Pace: 20-plus mph over 40-plus miles. Contact: Rees Jones, 541-482-0218.
Other recurring rides
Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., in Jacksonville hosts a two- to three-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 see cycleanalysis.net.
Every Tuesday and Thursday: Mountain-bike 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. The Thursday ride is usually longer (two to two-and-a-half 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: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., hosts a two-hour mountain-bike 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 see cycleanalysis.net.
Every second and fourth Wednesday: Ashland Bicycle Works hosts a two-hour MTB night ride the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The group pedals up Tolman Creek to access the Mount Ashland trails. The route is always changing and dependent on the group. You can expect great company and a moderate pace. All are welcome. The group has a few lights to loan out; if you're interested in borrowing a set, call 541-326-7231 or 541-482-3440 to reserve one before coming. For details, see rvmba.org.
Every Saturday: Ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, 1340 Biddle Road, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts two to four hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) one- to three-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.