• Get Out: Jan. 4, 2013

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  • 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 ejhee@juno.com or khee@juno.com.
    KS Wild
    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.
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