Table Rocks hikes
Free, guided hikes at the Table Rocks near Medford cover three to five miles roundtrip and last 3 to 5 hours. Bring lunch and water. Dogs are not allowed. Reservations are required. To reserve a space on a hike, call the BLM Medford District Office at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, May 4: “Night Owls,” 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Listen for sounds of the night from dusk 'til dark on a jaunt around the Lower Table Rock Loop with Steve Godwin, BLM wildlife biologist. Along the half-mile, accessible trail, Godwin will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned and screech owls. A short presentation of the common owls in this area and their unique characteristics and adaptations will precede the hike. Bring a flashlight.
Sunday, May 5: “Spring in Bloom,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Explore the native flora and wildflowers of the Table Rocks with BLM botanist Chamise Kramer.
Saturday, May 11: “Bird's the Word,” 8 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Birding excursion with Teresa “Bird” Wicks, Klamath Bird Observatory intern and Southern Oregon University environmental education graduate student. You'll explore chaparral, oak savannah, mixed woodland and mounded prairie/vernal pool plant communities of the Table Rocks. Bring binoculars and bird guides, and pick Bird's brain with your ornithology curiosities.
Sunday, May 12: “Nature Rocks on Mother's Day,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Spend Mother's Day on a family hike to the top of the rock. An environmental interpretation specialist from BLM will talk about wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.
Saturday, May 18: “Incredible Insects and Spectacular Spiders,” 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Explore and discuss the amazing six- and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks while hiking with Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at Southern Oregon University.
Sunday, May 19: “That's Batty!” 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Learn about regional bats, their unique characteristics and the threats they face, with Tony Kerwin, wildlife biologist and district planning and environmental coordinator with the BLM. Use detectors to listen for bats during a half-mile, accessible walk. Bring a flashlight.
Sunday May 19: “Spring Nature Sketching.” Artist Cheryl Magellen will lead a spring nature-sketching session of the vistas, flora and fauna of Lower Table Rock. Bring sketchbooks, pencils, felt-tip pens or other drawing supplies, and learn to capture your interpretation of the natural world on paper. Participation is limited to 15 individuals.
Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
Saturday, May 4: Applegate hike leader Janeen Sathre will lead a hike from the Wolf Gap Trailhead to Bear Gulch trailhead. Meet at Buncom at 9 a.m. See www.sutaoregon.org for details.
Saturday, May 4: Moderate, six-mile hike into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area along the Illinois River. Group will look at carved rock pools, fens of carnivorous pitcher plants, waterfalls cascading to the river below and blooming Kalmiopsis leachiana, along with recently arrived migratory birds including warblers, hummingbirds, grosbeaks and swallows, so bring binoculars and a bird book. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 8:30 a.m. and Ray's Market in Selma For details, call 541-488-5789 or email email@example.com.
Sunday, May 12: Serpentine fen hike to see carnivorous Darlingtonia California in the Day's Gulch Botanical Area near the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The group will do some botanizing, rare-plant identification and enjoy the season's wildflowers. Easy off-trail strolling. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee shop in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ray's Food Place parking lot in Selma 10:30 a.m. For details, call 541-488-5789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 18: Moderate, six-mile hike along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River trail. Learn about the ongoing campaign to protect the Wild Rogue. Group will start at the Grave Creek boat ramp and hike to Whisky Creek and visit the historic Whisky Creek cabin, view some of the tributary streams that are critical spawning habitat for salmon and experience the Rogue canyon's spring wildflowers. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee at 9 a.m. in Ashland and the north Fred Meyer in Medford at 9:30 a.m. Bring lunch, plenty of water, sun and rain gear, a camera and comfortable hiking shoes. For details, call 541-488-5789 or email email@example.com.
Siskiyou chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon
Saturday, May 18: Botanist Armand Rebischke will lead a hike on the Rogue River trail to Rainie Falls. The moderate, four-mile trek will start at the Grave Creek Bridge and follow the south-side trail at the beginning of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. This is the shady side of the river, with populations of Lewisia cotyledon and Delphinium nudicaule. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks and lunch. Be prepared for 400 feet of elevation change and some slippery spots. Meet at Rays Food Place in Merlin at 8:30 a.m. to drive or carpool to the trailhead. For information, call Rebischke at 541-482-2141.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting May 1: Three days a week from May 1 to Sept. 29 (plus Saturdays in July and August), trained volunteer naturalists from the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department will lead a free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Registration is not required.
Run the Ditch Trail
Saturday, May 25: Five- and 10-mile races, along the Little Applegate River and historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail, begin at 9 a.m. There will be ribbon awards for the top three finishers in the age groups, as well as cash awards for the three top male and female finishers in the 10-miler. See the race calendar at sorunners.org for details and registration.
Wild Rogue Relay
Friday, Saturday, June 21-22: A 200-plus-mile overnight relay race for teams of six or 12 people will start in Jacksonville and end in Gold Beach, with part of the run on the Rogue River Trail through the Rogue's Wild and Scenic Section. Team members will run three legs each of varying distance. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 18. Limited to 70 teams. For details, see http://thewildroguerelay.com.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Group ride for beginners
May 4: 11-mile ride starts at 10 a.m. at Talent's Lynn Newbry Park and goes north to U.S. Cellular Park in Medford, with a coffee picnic provided by Siskiyou Velo. To register, email Phil Gagnon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 541-488-4289.
Recurring group rides
Some of the Siskiyou Velo club rides listed below are leisurely; others are intense. All rides are led by a ride leader, and they all stop for coffee and social time.
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: Phil Gagnon, 541-488-4289.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 30 to 50 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: 14 to 16 mph over 30 to 55 miles with long climbs. Contact: Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various 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 ride begins at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact Bob MacCracken, 425-512-3829.
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 cutoff 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 Johns 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 http://cycleanalysis.net.
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. See www.roguecycle.com.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, May 4: Brandon Breen will lead a morning trip to Little Hyatt Reservoir to look for American dippers at the stream that lets out from the reservoir. The group will also watch for kingfishers and osprey and see what birds are singing in the marsh, fields and surrounding forest. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Expect to return by 1 p.m. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
North Mountain Nature Center
Saturday, May 11: Rogue Valley Bird Day, a local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, runs from 8 a.m. to noon at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The theme this year is the “Life Cycle of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas.” It will focus on what birds are doing at various times of the year (nesting, migrating, overwintering), and the importance of conservation efforts along every step of their journey. Wildlife Images exhibits, guided bird walks, shade-grown coffee, and a bird-calling contest for all ages are planned. Admission is free. See www.RogueValleyBirdDay.net or call 541-488-6606.
Thursday, May 16: Through photos and lively discussion, you can learn about the birds that arrive in the Rogue Valley during the spring months in preparation for the summer breeding season. The program will take place from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, and will discuss the birds found in different habitats of Jackson County. On Saturday, May 18, participants can take a field trip from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit several birding locations in the Ashland area to discover birds mentioned in the class. Cost is $15. The class is intended for ages 13 and older. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606. The instructor is Harry Fuller, a local bird walk leader and author of “Freeway Birding, San Francisco to Seattle.”
Applegate Trails Association
Sunday, May 5: Cantrall-Buckley County Park Trail Maintenance Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ATA will host a work party to cut back brush to widen the corridor and perform light-duty tread work on a 3/4-mile loop trail in preparation for Applegate Valley Day on June 22. Bring loppers, pruning saw and/or grub hoe. For directions or to RSVP, contact Josh Weber at email@example.com or 541-846-0738. See applegatetrails.org for details.
Weed Whomping Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 15: The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy has started a regular stewardship work-party program called Weed Whomping Wednesdays. These half-day work parties on conserved lands occur on the third Wednesday of each month. Besides whomping noxious weeds, the group may map weeds or rare plants, plant native trees and shrubs during the cool season, or conduct other land-stewardship activities. Each work party will also involve something educational such as an interpretive walk. Shared poetry and storytelling will be encouraged. Treats will be provided. Contact Kristi if you are interested in joining the group or have questions at 541-482-3069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.