Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is organizing a series of weekend hikes through June 29 to explore wildlands in and near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Participants should contact hike leaders to reserve space. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Most trips involve at least a little off-trail, cross-country hiking. All hikes are free and usually involve carpooling.
All hikes will meet in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'n Kart in Ashland.
Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Expect to be gone into the late afternoon or early evening on most hikes. Ask your hike leader for their best estimate of return time.
Hikers must sign a liability waiver at trip-start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader.
Saturday, June 15: National Park Service terrestrial ecologist and SMWC board member Dennis Odion (541-821-0738; email@example.com) will lead a moderate hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this roughly six-mile hike, mostly on trail. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 23: The Geos Institute's aquatic ecologist Brian Barr (541-621-7226; firstname.lastname@example.org) will lead a short but very challenging hike along the Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known, Jenny Creek Falls in California (and then back up again). The route down to the falls and back is more like a nontechnical mountain climb scramble than a hike. Quite difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 29: Botanist John Villella and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (email@example.com; 541-899-1117) will explore the area where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest, hiking from Round Mountain to Green Springs Mountain. The first part of the trip is cross-country; the second part is on the Pacific Crest Trail. The five-plus-mile hike is moderate to difficult. Meet at 9 a.m.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks & Recreation lead free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walks 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.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 15: 10K walk will explore Gold Hill and travel along the Rogue River. Meet at the downtown post office on Second Avenue at 7:45 a.m. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, June 29: 10K walk in Rogue River coincides with the annual Rooster Crow celebration. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Longest Day Run
Tuesday, June 18: The annual 5K run starts at 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion next to the tennis courts in Bear Creek Park, off Highland Drive and Siskiyou Boulevard, in Medford. The out-and-back course follows the Bear Creek Greenway. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
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.
Rogue River Rooster Crow Run
Saturday, June 29: A 5K and 2-mile walk begin at 8 a.m. at Beck Field in Rogue River. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some club rides listed below are leisurely; others are more intense. All rides are designed and led by a ride leader. Coffee stops to socialize are included on all rides. For more information, see siskiyouvelo.org.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on 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 20 to 25 miles on slightly hilly terrain. Contact Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.
Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 12 to 18 mph over 20-plus miles with long climbs. Contact Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Saturday: Race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford and cover more than 20 miles. Contact Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819. See www.roguecycle.com.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
Every Monday: Coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 25 flat miles. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: Coffee ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Pace: 16 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact John Grimbergen, 541-488-1735.
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.
Where to go birding in Jackson County
Tuesday, June 18: Birder Gwyneth Ragosine will share photos and maps to inspire people to get out and see local birds, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Ragosine is former president of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. With a grant from the National Audubon Society, she has compiled a colorful brochure, “Birding Hotspots of Jackson County,” which will be given to all who attend. For more information, call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
Siskiyou Field Institute
The Siskiyou Field Institute will offer several workshops this summer designed to introduce participants to a variety of birding topics and locations in Southern Oregon, including Saturday, June 15: Birding the Klamath Basin; Saturday, Aug. 17: Birding at Sea; and Saturday, Sept. 14: Birding on Bikes. Costs vary. For information, call Kathleen Pyle at 541-597-8530, ext. 309, or see www.thesfi.org
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, July 3: First Wednesday bird walk at Denman Wildlife Management Area in White City begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the WMA by 8:25 a.m. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of different species observed by walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. The walk coordinator is Murray Orr. Contact him at 541-857-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, July 6: Vince Zauskey will lead a bird walk in the vicinity of Mount Ashland to look for white-headed woodpeckers, flycatchers, warblers and anything else that flies nearby. The group will meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland to carpool, then will head out from the parking lot at Mount Ashland to the Forest Service mini-camping area (with restrooms) just down the road. Bring a lunch, water and warm layers. The group will eat at the available picnic tables around noon before heading back to Ashland. Limited to 15 people. Call 541-482-3241 to register.
North Mountain Park
Saturday, July 13: Local birding experts will lead bird walks from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month through summer at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Binoculars will be available to rent. Admission is free. Register at www.ashland.or.us/register or by calling 541-488-6606.
Let's Pull Together
Saturday, June 15: Volunteers can learn about and remove problem invasive weeds, including yellow star thistle and English ivy, at the sixth-annual Jackson County Cooperative Weed Management Area's “Let's Pull Together” weed event. Tools, gloves and educational materials will be provided at the event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Coyote Trails Nature Center, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Every volunteer will get a free commemorative T-shirt and barbecue lunch. For information, contact Sam at 541-690-8799 or email@example.com.
Weed Whomping Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 19: The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy holds half-day stewardship work parties on conserved lands in the Rogue Basin from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month. Besides whomping noxious weeds, the group may map weeds or rare plants, plant native trees and shrubs or conduct other land-stewardship activities. Treats will be provided. For details, contact Kristi at 541-482-3069 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The June 19 work party will meet at Sky King Cole by Pilot Rock in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to remove yellow starthistle. On July 17, the group will work at Oredson-Todd Woods in Ashland to remove nonnative blackberry and ornamental shrubs.