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  • Get Out: Sept. 13, 2013

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  • KS Wild
    Saturday, Sept. 14: Moderate hike to explore the tall trees and rushing streams along the boundary of Crater Lake National Park. This hike to scenic Castle Creek will delight hikers with its cool waters and small natural bridge. A carpool will leave Evo's Coffee Lounge, 376 E. Main St., Ashland, at 9:30 a.m. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or see kswild.org. To sign up, email morgan@kswild.org.
    Siskiyou Mountain Club
    Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 21-22: Overnight backpack on the Lone Pilot Trail in the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area. Group will hike about 5.5 miles into the Scotch Creek area and spend Saturday afternoon working on drainage projects that reduce erosion. Pack goats will carry some of the gear. The trip will be difficult. and long pants and sturdy lace-up boots are mandatory. Email howegabe@gmail.com or call 541-708-2056 for more details and to sign-up.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Sept. 21: 10K walk in Ashland. Meet at the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street at 8:45 a.m. A 5K option is available. For information, call 541-474-2291 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com/_ourclub.html.
    Saturday, Sept. 28: 10K walk at Casey State Park on Highway 62 about 9 miles from Shady Cove. Meet at 8:45 a.m. For information, call 541-474-2291 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com/_ourclub.html.
    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.
    Pine to Palm
    Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15: The 100-mile endurance run follows a remote and rugged course through the Siskiyou Mountains from Williams to Ashland on a mixture of single-track trail and dirt road, with less than 4 miles of pavement. The course boasts more than 20,000 feet of climbing and 20,000 feet of descent, with three epic climbs to 7,000 feet. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
    Rogue Run
    Sunday, Sept. 22: The half marathon begins in Talent at 8:10 a.m. and follows the Bear Creek Greenway to The Expo in Central Point, where the Harvest Fair and Microbrew Festival will be occurring. For details and to register, see www.theroguerun.com.
    Ride the Rogue
    Saturday, Sept. 21: Beginning at Palmerton Park in Rogue River, the annual event will offer rides of 100, 70, 40 and 25 miles, along with food, live music and other activities. The 100-miler starts at 7 a.m., the others follow at 8:30, 9 and 10 a.m. Register at www.ridetherogue.org or at Palmerton Park on Friday Sept. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. All proceeds will help build the Rogue River Recreational Corridor and Greenway.
    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.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Saturday, Sept. 14: Veteran birding expert Ron Ketchum will lead a trip to mountain lakes of the nearby Cascades, where possible destinations could include Howard Prairie, Hyatt, Little Hyatt and Lily Glen Campground. Late migrant warblers, early waterfowl and such montane species as mountain quail and mountain bluebird are possible sightings. Meet at the dirt parking lot adjacent to Shop'n Kart in Ashland at 7:30 a.m. Carpooling is recommended. Dogs must be kept in vehicles. Group will return by early afternoon.
    Tuesday, Sept. 24: It's the Rogue Valley Audubon Society's 42nd anniversary, and RVAS founder Otis Swisher will present a program on birding in the Rogue Valley over the past 40 years, what has changed and what remains the same. Vince Zauskey, leader of field trips for RVAS and Klamath Bird Observatory, will join Swisher. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. The public is invited to attend, admission is free and refreshments will be served.
    North Mountain Park
    Saturday, Sept. 14: Local birding experts 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.
    Siskiyou Mountains talk
    Sunday, Sept. 15: Luke Ruediger, author of “Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History and Ecology,” will talk about the diverse habitats, biological diversity, unusual botany, fire ecology, recreational opportunities and history of the Siskiyou Mountains. The talk will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. Free, donations are appreciated. For details, call 541-899-1665.
    Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society
    Thursday, Sept. 19: Program: During a decade of collecting from 1823-1834, Scottish naturalist David Douglas developed relationships with fur traders and tribal families that greatly enhanced the flora and fauna he sent back to his employer in England. This presentation by author Jack Nisbet will follow Douglas's adventures in the Pacific Northwest, with particular focus on a fall 1826 trip to the Umpqua country and his relevance to the landscapes we experience across the region today. Nisbeth wrote “The Collector,” a biography about Douglas that received the Book of the Year award by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Program is at 7 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 118, at Southern Oregon University. For details, contact Kristi Mergenthaler at 541-941-3744 or coprolitemergie@yahoo.com.
    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.
    Bear Creek Salmon Festival
    Saturday, Oct. 5: The festival features all-ages interactive workshops taught by local experts; exhibits that focus on local salmon habitat and watershed stewardship; and activities such as fly- and spin-casting and Native American drumming and storytelling. Montana Soul, Sonic Kaleidoscope and others will perform, and there will be concessions by Fulcrum Dining. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Free. 541-488-6606; www.bearcreeksalmonfestival.net.

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