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  • Get Out: July 4, 2014

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  • Fremont-Winema wilderness hikes
    The Fremont-Winema National Forest has scheduled a series of guided hikes this summer as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Reservations are required due to limitations on group size. Call the Klamath Ranger District at 541-885-3400. Hikes are weather dependent, so if the weather is bad, hikes will be cancelled.
    Saturday, July 12: Badger Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Guided, four-mile round-trip hike along the eastern shore of Fourmile Lake. After climbing a small hill, the trail winds within a forested and meadow area to Badger Lakes, where bald eagles are often seen up close. This hike offers great views of Mount McLoughlin and provides an opportunity for your guide to discuss the flora and fauna of the Sky Lakes Wilderness and wilderness management practices. Meet the Forest Service guide at the Fourmile Lake campground trailhead at 10 a.m. Fourmile Lake is located off of Highway 140 on Forest Service Road 3661. Drive to Fourmile Lake campground and follow signs to the trailhead. There is no fee to park at the trailhead.
    Saturday, July 26: Clover Lake in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Guided, four-mile round-trip hike into the Mountain Lake Wilderness on the Clover Creek Trail. The trail winds through deep shady woods, along meadows and ridges of the Clover Creek drainage. Your guide will talk about different wildlife habitats and wilderness management practices. Meet the Forest Service guide at the Clover Creek Trailhead at 10 a.m. To reach the trailhead, take Highway 66 to Keno. Turn west onto Clover Creek Road and continue 15.5 miles, then turn right onto Forest Service Road 3852. Proceed 3.3 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. There is no fee required to park at the trailhead.
    Saturday, Aug. 16: Hike to Isherwood Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Guided, seven-mile, round-trip hike will start at 10 a.m. at the Cold Springs Trailhead. To get there, take Highway 140 to milepost 41 and turn left (north) onto Forest Service Road 3651. Proceed 10.2 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. There is no fee to park at the trailhead. The hike takes participants through dense lodgepole and mountain hemlock stands, wet lowlands and numerous lakes. Your guide will talk about the many uses and benefits of forests, the history of wilderness preservation and wilderness management practices.
    Umpqua Wilderness 50
    The Umpqua National Forest is teaming up with Umpqua Watersheds and other groups for Umpqua Wilderness 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Events include:
    Tuesday, July 8: Hike into Buckeye — A 1.5-mile hike hosted by the Tiller Ranger District. Participants will meet at the Tiller Ranger District office at 10 a.m. No registration required. For details, call 541-957-3246 or email eveale@fs.fed.us
    Monday-Tuesday, July 7-8: A 3.7-mile hike into the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness and campout at Donegan Prairie. Participants will meet at the Douglas County library at 9 a.m. For details, call 541-672-7065 or email susapple@centurytel.net
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, July 12: 10K walking tour of Central Point will meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Albertsons parking lot west of the Interstate 5 exit. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
    KS Wild
    Saturday, July 12: Explore the fascinating geology of the Takelma Gorge on the upper Rogue River. A carpool will meet at the Ashland Outdoor Store at 9 a.m. and the Bear Creek Lock and Safe kiosk at the North Medford Fred Meyer at 9:30 a.m. Bring plenty of water, comfortable walking shoes, layers, sun protection and a lunch. Space is limited. To sign up for the hike, call Morgan at 541-488-5789. For details, see kswild.org.
    Lithia Park Nature Walks
    Fridays, Saturdays, 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. No preregistration required. Free. Call 541-488-5340.
    Northwest Nature Shop
    Saturday, July 12: Naturalist Jeanine Moy will lead a half-day wildflower walk to the alpine meadows of Mount Ashland to learn about local wildflowers and the pollinators that make it all possible. Meet at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10 a.m. to carpool. Space is limited. Cost is $5. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.
    July 4 runs
    There are three Fourth of July runs in the Rogue Valley and one a short drive south in Mount Shasta Calif. The local runs are a 10K in Ashland, a 5K in Central Point and a 5K in Eagle Point. For details on those races, see the race calendar at sorunners.org. For details on the 5-miler in Mount Shasta, see www.mtshastarunners.com.
    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.
    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 Saturday: VeloShip rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. The rides are for experienced riders who wish to ride at a moderate average pace (14-16 mph); 30 to 60 miles, some hills. Contact Wayne Evitts at 541-816-0007.
    Every Saturday: VeloMello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. 20 to 25 miles, Rides are easy pace (10-13 mph) and terrain with frequent stops to regroup. No one will be dropped. Mostly flat, neighborhoods and country roads. Contact Elaine Sweet at 541-482-8332.
    Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
    Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 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.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, July 5: KBO and Northwest Nature Shop sponsor free monthly bird walks around the Rogue Valley on the first Saturday of the month. The walks are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Due to limited group size, sign up in advance. For information, call 541-482-3241.
    Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show
    Friday, July 4: The Siskiyou chapter of Native Plant Society of Oregon will host the annual wildflower show, featuring more than 300 species of flowers from the Cascades, Siskiyous and the valleys in between, from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Free. For information, call Sasha at 541-661-3492.
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