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  • Get Out: July 12, 2013

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  • KS Wild
    Sunday, July 21: Rugged backcountry hike to explore the area surrounding Castle Crags State Park. Carpool will leave Evo's Coffee Lounge in Ashland at 8:30 a.m. and Ray's Market in Yreka, Calif., at 8:45 a.m., and the Berryvale Market in Mt. Shasta City at 9 a.m. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or see kswild.org. To sign up, email morgan@kswild.org.
    Saturday, Aug. 3: KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper will team up to lead a moderate, 5-mile hike along the Upper Rogue River Trail. Carpool will leave Evo's Coffee Lounge in Ashland at 9 a.m. and the north Medford Fred Meyer at 9:30 a.m. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or see kswild.org. To sign up, email morgan@kswild.org.
    Saturday Aug. 10: Easy, 3-mile hike to Taylor Lake, a high-elevation gem in the Russian Wilderness Area in Northern California. Carpool will leave Evo's Coffee Lounge in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ray's Market in Yreka at 9:45 a.m. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or see kswild.org. To sign up, email morgan@kswild.org.
    Saturday Aug. 17: Easy, 4-mile bird walk along the Middle Fork Applegate River. Carpool will leave Evo's Coffee Lounge in Ashland at 9 a.m. and the north Medford Fred Meyer at 9:30 a.m. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or see kswild.org. To sign up, email morgan@kswild.org.
    Saturday Aug. 31: Great views await on this moderate, 5-mile hike to explore Kerby Peak. Carpool will leave Evo's Coffee Lounge in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ray's Market in Selma at 10:30 a.m. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or see kswild.org. To sign up, email morgan@kswild.org.
    Applegate Trails Association
    Friday, July 19: Three- to 5-mile hike in the Siskiyou Mountains to the colorful, high mountain meadows framing Hinkle Lake. A moderate hike will find the group eating lunch beside the shallow lake in a lush hanging valley filled with wildflowers, springs and ancient forest. Two separate hikes of varying difficulty will be offered. The first is a gentle hike along a closed roadbed to Hinkle Lake (3 miles roundtrip). The other is a more strenuous loop hike that will include some off-trail scrambling. The loop hike, rated moderate to difficult, is estimated at 4 to 5 miles with 400 feet elevation gain. Please leave pets at home. To RSVP, contact David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or david@applegatetrails.org. ATA would appreciate a $5 donation at sign-in. For additional information, see www.applegatetrails.org.
    Lithia Park nature walks
    Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 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, July 13: 10K hike to explore historic Jacksonvillewill meet at 7:45 a.m. at the parking lot on D Street, near the Jacksonville Library. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com/-ourclub.html.
    Saturday, July 27: 10K walk in Eagle Point, with a 5K option, will meet at Bob Moore Park on Main Street at 7:45 a.m. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com/-ourclub.html.
    Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Saturday, Aug. 10: Hike to Campbell Lake in the Marble Mountain Wilderness in Siskiyou County, Calif. The trailhead is about a 90-minute drive from Ashland. The group will explore Campbell and Cliff lakes, and those who want a more strenuous hike can continue to Summit Lake. Expect a long day that could run as late as 7 p.m. For time, meeting place and other details, call Kevin Wood at 541-261-3547.
    Britt Woods Firehouse Run
    Saturday, July 13: 12th annual 10K run in Jacksonville Woodlands begins at 8 a.m. Two-mile and four-mile exhibition run/walks will begin at 7 a.m., and a 100-yard fun run for kids will start at 7:30. The 10K features a staggered start for all runners, with start times based on age and sex. The event is a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department, Jacksonville Engine Company No. 1.
    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: 14 to 16 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.
    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.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, Aug. 3: KBO board member and bird-walk leader Harry Fuller will lead an outing to Howard Prairie Lake to look for nesting sandhill cranes and western bluebirds. Group will also search for Cassin's vireo, Williamson's sapsucker, green-tailed towhee, MacGillivray's warbler and other mountain nesting birds. Expect to wrap up by 1:30 p.m. The outing is limited to 15 participants. To register, call Northwest Nature Shop at 541 482-3241.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Wednesday, Aug. 7: First Wednesday bird walk at Denman Wildlife 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 mworr2@charter.net if you are willing to help.
    Weed Whomping Wednesdays
    Wednesday, July 17: 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 kristi@landconserve.org. On July 17, the group will work at Oredson-Todd Woods in Ashland to remove non-native blackberry and ornamental shrubs.
    Fly-casting instruction
    Mondays through Sept. 30: Rogue Flyfishers will offer free casting instruction every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hedrick Middle School, 1502 E. Jackson St., Medford. All skill levels invited. Bring your rod or use theirs. Instructors are Otis Swisher and John MacDiarmid. For more information about the club, see RogueFlyfishers.org.
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