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  • Get Out: Feb. 28, 2014

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  • Crater Lake guided snowshoe hikes
    Through April 27: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. 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.
    Applegate Trails Association
    Saturday, March 22: Moderate to difficult, two-mile hike to Isabelle Mountain Peak or (optional) Isabelle Springs Trail. Hikers will meet at the Bunny Meadows staging area on Forest Creek Road at 9 a.m. For details, Contact David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or david@applegatetrails.org, or see www.applegatetrails.org.
    Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
    Saturday, March 22: SUTA holds trail work parties from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. For details, see http://sutaoregon.org.
    Camelback Run
    Saturday, March 1: A brand-new race with a 15K and two-miler. The 15K will kick off at 9 a.m. at Phoenix High School, and the two-miler will start at 9:15 a.m. The early entry fee for either race is $10. Race-day registration will cost $15. All proceeds will support the Phoenix track & field team. See http://camelbackrun.com for details and to register.
    Tar 'N Trail
    Saturday, March 8: A 6-mile race over a mixture of road and trail in and around Lithia Park, Hald-Strawberry Park and the side streets of Ashland begins at 8 a.m. For details, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
    Shamrock Run
    Saturday, March 15: Annual 5-mile race begins at 9 a.m. at Crater High School in Central Point. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
    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.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Wednesday, March 5: On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS conducts a bird walk at Agate Lake, about two miles east of the Highway 62/140 intersection. Birders should meet at the parking lot on the far side of the lake across from the boat dock. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end before noon. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by the walk participants. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, mworr2@charter.net). Contact him if you are willing to help.
    Work Party at Jacksonville Woodlands
    Saturday, March 22: Volunteers will remove English ivy along Jackson Creek in Jacksonville from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the parking lot on Jackson Creek just outside of Jacksonville. Snacks and gloves will be provided. Come for the whole time or for an hour. Wear long-sleeved shirt, pants and closed-toed shoes, preferably boots. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. For information, call 541-482-3069. To get there, head west on Highway 238 from downtown Jacksonville about 0.8 miles past Pair-A-Dice Road. The Jackson Creek parking lot is on the left. The parking lot is opposite Reservoir Road.

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