Sierra Club Hike

Sierra Club Hike

Saturday: A moderate, 9- to 10-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to Pilot Rock is planned. Call 488-8517 or 245-6380 for information.

Siskiyou Project Fall Hikes

Siskiyou Project offers hikes into the magnificent Siskiyou Wild Rivers area.

The hikes are led 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 & Hike: Sunday, 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 two miles each way.

Saturday: Join KS Wild for a hike along the lower Rogue River. Enjoy diverse wild forests, spectacular wildlife viewing, clear creeks tumbling into the mighty Rogue and lunch at the historic Whisky Creek mining cabin. We will discuss Wilderness and Wild & Scenic proposals for the area. Carpools leave the Shop 'n Kart parking lot in Ashland, 2268 Ashland St., at 9 a.m. and the Gooseberries Natural Foods parking lot, 1533 NE F St., in Grants Pass at 10 a.m. Bring hiking shoes, clothing layers, lunch and water. Moderate, approximately 7 miles. For more information, contact KS Wild at lesley@kswild.org, call 488-5789 or visit www.savethewildrogue.org. 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 carpool 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 at 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.

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. 20-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. Race dates are Saturday and Nov. 3 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 info.

Saturday and Sunday: The Siskiyou Field Institute presents Natural History Harvest Weekend. Courses held at the SFI field station in the Illinois River Valley include critter tracking, renewable energy systems, traditional ecological knowledge, fire by friction, streams and rivers, Siskiyou rocks, and the ecology of the Pacific salmon. For info or to register for classes, call 597-8530 or go to www.thesfi.org.

Saturday: October is prime time to observe chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Rogue River basin. Trained staff and volunteers from Oregon Trout and the Healthy Waters Institute will be on hand at Cantrall-Buckley County Park to assist with public viewing and answer questions. The park is on Highway 238 on the Applegate River, just past Ruch. Call 488-6606 for info.

Sunday: 24th Annual Ghost & Goblin Poker Run. Dust off your motorcycle, ATV or mountain bike and join the Motorcycle Riders Association at this fall family event. Held at John's Peak. Follow Highway 238 through Jacksonville and turn right on Jackson Creek Road (second dirt road past downtown Jacksonville). First prize is $500. Cash prize for best costume and kids' pumpkin carving contest. $10 entry fee, $5 for extra hands. For info: 773-1195 (evenings) or 899-6809 (message); www.motorcycleridersassociation.org or www.oregonmotorsports.com.

Oct. 31: Active 50+ singles get together twice a month for easy outdoor activities. The group will meet at 3 p.m. for a walk on the new Greenway path and optional dinner afterward. Participants will meet at Rogue River Park at Main and Depot in Rogue River. Future outings include hikes, walks, movie night, etc. Call 956-8931 or 512-1136 for more information. If it rains the activity will be cancelled.

Birding

The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop are sponsoring free bird walks around the Rogue Valley on the first Saturday of every month. The walks are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory. Call 482-3241 for information.

Nov 3., Emigrant Lake. View water fowl, waders, raptors and songbirds wintering at Emigrant Lake, and get to know our local birds. All experience levels are welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Due to limited group size, please sign up in advance.