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  • Get Out: May 30, 2014

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  • Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
    SMWC will lead hikes every weekend in June. Led by local naturalists, the free hikes will explore wildlands near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that some scientists recommend be added to the monument to make its boundaries more ecologically whole. In addition to learning a bit about local flora and fauna and visiting some nice country, you will also learn about conservation threats and/or opportunities in each area.
    Most trips involve at least a little off-trail, cross-country hiking. All hikes will meet in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'n Kart in Ashland. Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Space may be limited, depending on the hike. Ask the hike leader for their best estimate of return time. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader. Hikers must sign a liability waiver at trip-start.
    Sunday, June 1: Join Southern Oregon University aquatic biologist Michael Parker (parker@sou.edu; 541-552-6749) on a short but very challenging round-trip hike along the flat Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known, Jenny Creek Falls in California (and then back up again). The route down to the falls and back is more like a non-technical mountain climb scramble than a hike. Quite difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Saturday, June 7: Join Siskiyou botanist John Villella and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (siskiyoulori@gmail.com; 541-899-1117) to explore meadows and forests from Round Mountain via the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves to Green Springs Mountain in the Green Springs Mountain Wild Area north of the Green Springs Summit. Views from Sampson Rim down to Emigrant Lake and Ashland. Off-trail hiking and Pacific Crest Trail; about six miles. Moderate/difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Sunday, June 15: Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic ornithologist and Rogue Valley Audubon Society Conservation Committee Co-chair Pepper Trail (ptrail@ashlandnet.net) and SMWC board member Carol Wright on a mellow walk into the Scotch Creek oak/savannah parkland of California's Horseshoe Wildlife Area, long proposed for addition to both the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness. Be prepared for very shallow creek crossings. Bring your binoculars for birding. Easy/moderate. Meet at 8 a.m.
    Saturday, June 21: Join Jay Lininger, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity (jlininger@biologicaldiversity.org; 928-853-9929), on a summer solstice exploration of the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves and Sampson Rim with a look at BLM's attempts to road and commercially log these potential Monument expansion-area forests. About three miles of off-trail hiking. Moderate-plus difficulty. Meet at 9 a.m.
    Saturday, June 28: Join National Park Service terrestrial ecologist Dennis Odion and consulting ecologist Evan Frost (efrost2@gmail.com), both SMWC board members, for a hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this roughly 5-mile hike, mostly on trail. Moderate. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
    Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
    Friday-Saturday, June 20-21: Botanist John Villella will share photos and talk about butterflies and wildflowers of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Medford library, Large Meeting Room, 205 S. Central Ave. On Saturday, he will lead a wildflower and butterfly hike along the Hobart Bluff Trail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group will meet at the Hobart Bluff Trailhead on Soda Mountain Road. For information, email cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.
    Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
    Saturday, June 7: Five-mile hike on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. Group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead on Little Applegate Road and hike to the Bear Gulch Trailhead. Directions can be downloaded from SUTA's website at www.sutaoregon.org. SUTA will provide home-baked treats. RSVP to sutaoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers will know who to wait for and can plan treats.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, June 7: 10K walk in Eagle Point will begin at 8 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street. Meet at 7:45 to get acquainted and register. A shorter 5K option is available. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
    Northwest Nature Shop
    Saturday, June 14: Wildflower hike to Grizzly Peak will traverse a mix of old-growth forest and open meadows to a view of the valley around Ashland. Children and adults are invited. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Group will leave at 10 a.m. Cost is $5. Space is limited. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.
    Saturday, June 28: 10K walk in Rogue River, where the town will be celebrating its Rooster Crow Festival. A 5K option is available. Meet at 7:45 a.m. for registration at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
    Lithia Park Nature Walks
    Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays: Ashland Parks and Recreation hosts guided walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. The walks last about an hour and a half and cover a variety of topics about the park. Meet at the park entrance at the Ashland Plaza. Free. Call 541-488-5340.
    Gold Dust Days Run
    Saturday, June 7: The annual race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Ray's Food Place in Gold Hill. Both the 5K and 10K courses are flat and fast. The 5K goes out and back. The 10K is a loop course. To register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
    Britt Woods Firehouse Run
    Mondays: Runners can meet above the Britt Pavilion above First and Fir streets in Jacksonville at 6 p.m. every Monday (rain or shine) for a training run in the Jacksonville Woodlands. The 13th Britt Woods Firehouse Run on Saturday, July 12, includes a 2- and 4-mile exhibition at 7 a.m., and the 10K main event at 8 a.m. A 100-yard fun run for children starts at 7:30 a.m. Call race director Doug Naversen at 541-890-7240 or 541-899-1214 for information. See the race calendar at sorunners.org to register.
    Slo-mo group rides
    Saturday, May 31: Free, introductory group ride for beginners and people just getting back into riding will start at 9 a.m. at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. To register, email Phil Gagnon at star@mind.net or call 541-488-4289. For information, see www.siskiyouvelo.org
    Siskiyou Velo rides
    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 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, June 4: 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.
    Ashland watershed work party
    Saturday, June 7: Join Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, Ashland Parks & Recreation and REI for National Trails Day at Oredson-Todd Woods and Siskiyou Mountain Park above Ashland. Volunteers will be improving water bars and trail tread, as well as brushing and chipping the trails. REI will provide morning coffee and snacks, and all volunteers will receive REI volunteer T-shirts. To register, see www.rei.com/event/58038/session/93149. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
    Trailhead Dedication
    Saturday, June 7: For National Trails Day, the Applegate Trails Association will hold a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. at Long Gulch Trailhead on the Applegate Ridge Trail's Heart Trail. The event is to celebrate a grant that allows the group to establish picnic tables and informational kiosks at five trailhead parking areas and make site improvements like grading, gravel and boulders. The Heart Trail cuts through the heart of the 5,700-acre Wellington Wild Lands. This old mining road turned trail provides a 5-mile ridge hike (out and back) with modest elevation gain. The ribbon-cutting will be followed by free food and music. To get there from Jacksonville, travel 4.9 miles southwest on Highway 238 toward Ruch and turn right on Forest Creek Road. Follow the signs to the top of Forest Creek. To carpool, meet at 9:30 at the Bunny Meadows Staging Area (0.7 mile up Forest Creek). See www.applegatetrails.org.
    Weed Whomping Wednesday
    Wednesday, June 18: Help the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy control yellow starthistle on a gorgeous, privately protected piece of land in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (Sky King Cole) off Pilot Rock Road. Your service will be rewarded with treats and educational pauses. The group will meet some mountain wildflowers and enjoy the beauty while pulling invasive plants. The group will carpool at 9:30 a.m. from the SOLC office at 84 Fourth St. in Ashland; meet at the C street entrance. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
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