Rogue Valley Walkers
Wednesday, Jan. 1: 10K walk in Gold Hill to start the New Year. Meet in the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office on Second Avenue. Arrive at 9:45 a.m. to register. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Jan. 4: 10K walk in Eagle Point, with a 5K option. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street in downtown Eagle Point. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Jan. 18: 10K walk in Central Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Albertsons parking lot on the west side of Interstate 5 at Exit 33. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Crater Lake guided snowshoe hikes
Through April 27: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The walks will be offered daily from Thursday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 1. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Reservations are required. For details and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Saturday, Jan. 25: Moderate, 7-mile snowshoe hike to Soda Mountain will travel the Pacific Crest Trail to the summit of Soda Mountain. A limited number of snowshoes may be available to borrow: call Morgan at 541-488-5789 to inquire. Otherwise, snowshoes can be rented at the Ashland Outdoor Store for $10-$15 a day. Bring a lunch, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, a camera, winter shoes and snow gear. A carpool will leave from Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. Call Morgan or email email@example.com for information and to sign up.
Wednesday, Jan. 1: For the third year in a row, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will offer free, ranger-guided hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Local hikes will be held at Valley of the Rogue State Park and Touvelle State Park. At Valley of the Rogue, two-mile hikes will run from 10 a.m. to noon on a paved footpath and gravel trail with little elevation gain.
At Touvelle, one-mile hikes will run from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation (Valley of the Rogue, 541-582-3128; Touvelle, 541-660-7344).
Saturday, Jan. 11: 5K and 10K runs will be followed by a running injury prevention and treatment clinic with local sports medicine professionals. The 10K will begin at noon, and the 5K starts at 12:30 at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. The 5K is out and back on Foss Road. The 10K is an out and back from Foss to Adams to Colver, with the turnaround near Camp Baker Road.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Dec. 28: Ski lesson at Hyatt Lake will start at 11 a.m. and last 60 to 90 minutes, depending on snow conditions. For details, call Michael Dawkins at 541-482-2703.
Sunday, Dec. 29: Intermediate, 8- to 10-mile ski tour at Buck Prairie, depending on snow conditions. Call Bob Plummer at 541-488-5003 for time and details.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.
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 at 541-488-4289.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Crank-It-Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 25 to 50 miles on some hills. Contact Judy Kerr at 541-488-0758.
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 at 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, Jan. 4: Ashland Christmas Bird Count. Coordinators are John Bullock and Harry Fuller. Contact either if you wish to participate: Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-488-8077; Bullock, email@example.com, 541-488-7962.