• Get Out: Jan. 18, 2013

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  • Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
    Saturday, Jan. 19: The trail group will hold a work party on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and volunteers are welcome. Jobs include brushing and minor tread work from Bear Gulch Trailhead over the Wolf Gulch bypass to the base of the Wolf Gap Access Trail. The group will hike about three miles each way. If you have loppers, pruning saw, Pulaski, grubber or sturdy shovel, bring it, along with water and snacks. To RSVP or for details, call Jim at 541-899-1091 or Hope at 541-899-5665. The group's website is at www.SUTAOregon.org. Work parties are scheduled the third Saturday of the month for the next three months, on Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Jan. 26: The Ashland Town Walk will cover 10 kilometers, 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 information, call 541-245-9356.
    Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Saturday, Jan. 19: Dan Bulkley will teach a free beginner's cross-country ski lesson at Buck Prairie. For time and details, call Bulkley at 541-535-5979.
    Wednesday, Jan. 23: A ski tour is planned. Location and distance to be determined based on snow conditions. For information, call Stephanie at 541-776-3987 or Michael at 541-482-2703.
    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.
    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.
    Saturday, Feb. 23: Learn about local BLM forests and hike the historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. and the Country Market in Ruch at 10 a.m. Bring rain gear and lunch. This is a moderate seven-mile hike. For details, call Morgan Lindsay at 541-488-5789.
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