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 required 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 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:
Saturday, Aug. 16: Walk for Wilderness at Diamond Lake. The event, hosted by the Diamond Lake Ranger District, takes place at 10 a.m. Food, music and entertainment for the whole family will be included. Registration costs $12.
For details, call 541-498-2531 or email email@example.com
Saturday, Sept. 27: Hike into Mount Thielsen Wilderness. Participants will meet at the Douglas County library at 8 a.m. For details, call 541-672-7065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Saturday, July 26: 10K walk (with a 5K option) in east Medford will meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Medford Center, which is across Jackson Street from Hawthorne Park. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
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.
Saturday, July 26: Kid-friendly, 1- to 2-mile hike to explore summer wildflowers on Mount Ashland. This hike is perfect for young families, with a relaxed, flexible pace and anyone with tired knees. A carpool will meet at the Ashland Outdoor Store at 9 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.
Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou
Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12: Photography Workshop and Hike. On Friday, meet at the Ashland library – Gresham Room — from 6 to 7 p.m. Presenter Tom Glassman, a fine art photographer, will demonstrate images created in the camera (without Photoshop) in order to teach the techniques, plus the critically important settings for your camera and lens. On Saturday, join Glassman and the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou for some hands-on practice creating pictures you want to take, share and print. We will travel south on the Pacific Crest Trail (opposite from Hobart Bluff). Meet at the Hobart Bluff trail head on Soda Mountain Road at 10 a.m. All levels of camera experience welcome, from old pros to beginners with point-and-shoot cameras. It is not necessary to attend both days. For details, contact Kristi at email@example.com or 541-778-0597.
Britt Woods Firehouse Run
Saturday, July 12: The 13th Britt Woods Firehouse Run 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.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Aug. 6: 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, firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact him if you are willing to help.