Fremont-Winema wilderness hikes
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 will start at 10 a.m. 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. There is no fee to park at the trailhead. Reservations are required due to limitations on group size. Call the Klamath Ranger District at 541-885-3400.
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. The hike will take 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. Reservations are required due to limitations on group size. Call the Klamath Ranger District at 541-885-3400.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Rogue Valley Walkers
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 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.
Applegate Trails Association
Sunday, July 20: A four-mile hike in the Applegate will be followed by a wine and dine at Red Lily Vineyards. The group will meet at Red Lily, 11777 Highway 238, at 9 a.m. and divide into groups for separate 4-mile loop hikes. The hikes are rated moderate and include walks through the woods, in open areas and along the Applegate River, where recently planted trees promise shade for chinook salmon. The hike will lead to a viewpoint above the vineyards, where grapevines slope to the cluster of Red Lily buildings below, with Wellington Butte rising beyond. After the hike, Fulcrum Dining caterers will sell food, and you can purchase wine to go with it. RSVP hike leader David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring plenty of water and leave your pets at home. ATA would appreciate a $5 donation at sign in. For additional information, see ATA www.applegatetrails.org.
Sunday, Aug. 24: 5.5-mile hike to Sturgis Meadow and Mount Elijah in an overlooked corner of the Siskiyou Mountains. The foray into this unprotected wilderness will take you along a mountain brook and through stately forests to the flower-filled expanses of Sturgis Meadow's subalpine area, along a view-filled ridge above the bluffs of Bigelow Lake's basin, and on to the summit of Moun Elijah. With 1,350 feet of elevation change, this hike is rated difficult. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy footwear. Bring adequate water and leave your pets at home. ATA appreciates a $5 donation at sign in. The group will meet 9 a.m. at the Applegate store, 15095 Highway 238. RSVP is appreciated. Call David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or email email@example.com. For more information, see www.applegatetrails.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.
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.