Hiking

Hiking

Sierra Club hikes

Saturday: A hike to Mount Thielsen is scheduled. The hike is moderate with a difficult last mile. For meeting time, place and more information call 531-7623.

Oct. 13: A 10-mile difficult hike is planned to Craggy Mountain. For the meeting time, place and more information call 951-9139.

Oct. 14: A moderate hike to Buck Rock, Greensprings is planned. The hike is approximately 7 miles. For meeting time, place and more information call, 210-0204

Oct. 20: A hike is planned. The place and time will be announced. Call for more information, 552-1381

Oct. 27: A hike is planned. The place and time will be announced. Call for more information, 488-8517 or 245-6380

Saturday, 10 a.m.: The Rogue Valley Walkers will lead a free, easy-rated 10K walk through Eagle Point. We will cross the covered bridge, past the historic Butte Creek Grist Mill, pass the middle and elementary schools, and explore the old and new parts of town. Leashed dogs welcome. For more information call George at 772-8311. Meet at 9:50 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street in Eagle Point.

Siskiyou Project Fall Hikes

Siskiyou Project offers hikes into the magnificent Siskiyou Wild Rivers area. The hikes are lead by Siskiyou Project staff and volunteer experts. All hikes are free. For more information or to learn how to help safeguard the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area call the Siskiyou Project at 592-4459 or 476-6648; visit www.siskiyou.org; or e-mail project@siskiyou.org. Their address is 9335 Takilma Road, Cave Junction.

Salmon Viewing & Hikes: Oct. 20th and Oct. 28: 10 a.m.-noon at Fish Hatchery Park; 2 p.m to 5 p.m. at Rainie Falls. Join Siskiyou Project ecologist Rich Nawa and learn the Chinook salmon life cycle and habitat needs. First view spawning salmon near the parking lot, which is suitable for all age groups and abilities. Those who wish to see more salmon may hike a mile to view as many as 100 salmon spawning. After lunch at Fish Hatchery Park (12:30-1 p.m.) hikers will travel to Rainie Falls trailhead below Galice. The hike to the falls to see leaping salmon is an easy 2 miles each way.

Illinois River Valley Salmon Viewing Hikes: Nov. 3, 1- 5 p.m.; and Nov. 11, 1- 5 p.m. Meet at Illinois Valley Visitor's Center.

Led by Siskiyou Project ecologist Rich Nawa, hikers will car pool to nearby Forks State Park to see spawning salmon, then travel to Little Falls on the Illinois River near Kerby. The hike to Forks Park is about one mile total on level ground. The quarter-mile hike to Little Falls has 100 feet of steep rocky terrain near the falls. Illinois Valley Visitor's Center: In Cave Junction heading south, turn left onto Cave's Highway at the Chevron Gas Station. The visitor's center is a few blocks on your right.

Nov. 17: A hike to explore the forest for medicinal mushrooms. The group will meet 10 a.m. at the O'Brien store. Join Siskiyou Project & Mycospa as the group explores the latest cutting-edge science and the ancient secrets of the Kingdom of Fungi. Participants will enjoy an easy to moderate walk through some of the last remaining pristine forests of the Illinois Valley. Call Eric Cerecedes 596-2602.

Cycling

Rides every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments. Helmets are required. For more information e-mail Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association, infor@somba.org or check somba.org.

Every Saturday: A mellow ride of 20-plus miles begins at 10 a.m. at Bear Creek Park in Medford. Twenty-plus miles. Rider leader: Phil Gagnon: 488-4289.

Every Sunday: A valley training ride begins at 8:30 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Rider leader, Glenn Gann: 779-6986.

Every Monday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Southern Oregon Outlaw Cyclocross Series

Cycle Analysis will host a Cyclocross series to benefit Josephine County Search and Rescue in memory of Nicholas J. Jensen. A clinic will be held Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Cycle Analysis. Free to those 18 and under, $5 for adults. Race dates are Oct. 20 in Yreka; Oct. 20 and 27 at Tom Pearce Park, Grants Pass; Nov. 10 and 17 at Emigrant Lake. All races begin at 10 a.m. for novice riders and 11 a.m. for experienced riders. Call 899-9190 for information.

Events

Saturday: Bear Creek Salmon Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N Mountain Ave., Ashland. Free. Featuring activities for people of all ages that explore our connection with wild salmon. Additionally, there will be a wild salmon barbecue $10/plate or $5 vegetarian option, and live entertainment.

Oct. 13: Southern Oregon Sizzlers Stage Coach Run. Options of 5K and 10K. Begins at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Oregon and West D streets in Jacksonville. Pre-registration entry fee is $19 with T-shirt, $10 without, or $15 on day of race. Info: Call Steve Buxton at 772-8292, Rich Stanfield at 535-1862 or visit www.southernoregonsizzlersrunningclub.org.

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Watch salmon spawn in the wild; ask questions of a fish biologist; play games; and make a fish print during the SOS - See Our Salmon! program at Valley of the Rogue State Park. Sponsored by Seven Basins Watershed Council and OSU Extension Service. For info, contact Gail at 261-7796 or Megan at 776-7371.

Birding

Saturday: A half-day trip to Holy Water and Lost Creek Lake is planned to view waterfowl and maybe some spawning salmon in Butte Creek. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south side of Medford Food-4-Less parking lot, 2230 Biddle Road. For more information or if you would like to join the group at the Dollar Tree on Hwy. 62 in White City, call 772-4490.

Oct. 20: A half-day trip to Touvelle Park and the Denman Wildlife area is planned. The group might see some woodpeckers, winter sparrows, waterfowl and miscellaneous song birds. There's a $3 entry fee to the park. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south side of Medford Food-4-Less parking lot, 2230 Biddle Road; 773-7580 or 941-0699 for information.

Viewing

A large congregation of turkey vultures was spotted off east Jackson Street in Medford on Monday. Turkey vultures are beginning to work their way south for the winter. You can spot them swarming in the sky or roosting on trees along Bear Creek.

Both Lower and Upper Table Rocks have trail systems that provide great opportunities to see raptors and buzzards flying high in the skies. Watch for a wide variety of reptiles along the path. Table Rocks are located north of Medford and just south of Highway 234. Check www.oregon.com/hiking/tablerocks.cfm for more info.

Lost Creek Lake provides 30 miles of trails, including portions of the Rogue River National Recreation Trail. A wide variety of wildlife and wild flowers can be observed along the lake and river banks. All types of reptiles, songbirds and shorebirds can be found. Watch for poison oak. To learn more visit corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=G210090.

Aleutian Canada geese will soon be moving along the Curry County coastline on their southward migration to California inland valleys. Generally, these birds stay out to sea on their trip south, but when storms begin moving in from the ocean the birds tend to follow the shoreline. Watch for these birds flying along the coastline in groups occasionally numbering in the hundreds.

Peregrine falcons are now being seen around the Rogue and Umpqua valley floors, leaving their higher-elevation summer sites and migrating down for the fall/winter.