Get Up & Go: Wednesday, Jan. 1

Today (Wednesday Jan. 1)

THE ROGUE VALLEY WALKERS will lead a free 10K walk in Gold Hill to start the New Year. You don't have to be a member of the club. Everybody is invited to 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.

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RANGER-GUIDED SNOWSHOE HIKES at Crater Lake are offered at 1 p.m. 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.

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FIRST-DAY HIKES are being offered today at Touvelle and Valley of the Rogue state parks. For the third year in a row, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering free, ranger-guided hikes in state parks across Oregon. 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).

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LITHIA PARK IN ASHLAND is open every day, including New Year's Day, and there's no charge to walk the beautiful tree-lined trails. What better way to kick off the new year and get a start on those resolutions than with a brisk hike? A bonus is that Ashland has been sunny recently while Medford has been fogged in, and the temperature has been warmer, too.

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IF YOU WANT TO GET ABOVE THE FOG for some exercise without a drive to Ashland, walk up Roxy Ann Peak in east Medford. Hike as far as you like in the city's Prescott Park (all the way to the top if you're up for it) and enjoy the views of the valley below (weather permitting). Take Hillcrest Road east to Roxy Ann Drive. Follow the road to the gate and enjoy a hike on a well-maintained road that will take you far above it all or get adventurous and take some of the steeper trails.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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