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  • Get Out: June 6, 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. 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.
    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: Archaeologist Lisa Rice from the Medford BLM will lead a five-mile history hike on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail in conjunction with National Trails Day. She'll share stories about life in this area during the Gold Rush, and how the 26-mile ditch was constructed by hand, in record time. She'll point out historical artifacts along the ditch, and much more. The 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.
    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.
    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 for information or to sign up.
    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.
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