Crater Lake Snowshoe Hikes

Crater Lake Snowshoe Hikes

Every weekend: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park guide free, 1-mile snowshoe walks through forests and meadows and along the crater's rim. Participants on the 90-minute walk hear how plants, animals and the lake are affected by winter weather. Begins at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April; walks cover moderately strenuous terrain at an elevation of about 7,100 feet.

Snowshoes are provided free of charge, or visitors can bring their own. No previous snowshoeing experience needed. Participants should bring warm clothing, thick socks and water-resistant footwear. The hike is appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Advance reservations are recommended, as space on each tour is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 541-594-3100. Group tours on weekdays or weekends also can be arranged by calling 541-594-3093. There is no cost to enter the park in winter.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club Outings

Saturday: Twelve-mile advanced ski tour to Dutton Ridge; 2,000-foot elevation gain; call John at 601-5687 for more info.

Saturday: Intermediate moonlight ski trip is planned. The time and place will be announced. For more information, call 482-0218.

Sunday: Novice ski tour to the High Lakes area. Call 582-3855 for info.

Dec. 29: Advanced-level ski tour to Pumice Desert. Flat terrain, but endurance is necessary; 12-15 miles. Call John at 601-5687 for info.

Jan. 5: Easy to intermediate 6- to 8-mile ski tour to Deadwood on Dead Indian Memorial Road. This is a joint event with Slopes and Trails. For meeting place and time, call 512-0436.

Jan. 5: Four- to 6-mile intermediate-to-advanced ski tour on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Mount Ashland area. For meeting place and time, call 482-0180.

Jan. 6: Intermediate 8- to 10-mile ski tour is planned on the Canal Trails in Summit Snow Park, off Highway 140. For meeting place and time, call 776-3987.

Jan. 8: Intermediate 7-mile ski tour to Grouse Gap Loop at Mount Ashland is planned. For meeting place and time, call 488-5003.

Avalanche Awareness Training

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center presents a free 1- to 11/2;-hour introductory workshop on the key factors that lead to avalanche formation and accidents. Good for beginners or as a refresher course.

Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Mount Shasta City Library.

Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Mount Shasta City Library.

Avalanche Transceiver Clinic

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center offers free clinics on how to use avalanche transceivers and provides practice sessions for beginners to advanced users. Carpool from The Fifth Season, 200 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. Meet at 9 a.m. Training is in the snow, so dress appropriately.

Classes are scheduled Jan. 19 and Feb. 2.

Cycling

Mountain bike 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 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Jana will have refreshments after the ride. Lights and helmets are required. For more information, e-mail Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association, infor@somba.org or check somba.org.

Every Saturday, Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides: A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader: Phil Gagnon. Call 488-4289. The second ride, led by Glenn Gann (779-6986), covers 20-plus miles at race pace. Starts on the bike trail behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford.

Every Saturday: 9 a.m., race training, Medford Cycle Sport; call Alex at 857-0819.

Every Sunday: Siskiyou Velo Club training ride begins at 8:30 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Alex Hayes: 857-0819.

Every Monday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile ride begins at 11 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.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Varied mileage and varied start times. Call ride leader Rick Berlet at 488-0036.

Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club 60-mile ride from Colver Park to Rogue River and back. Brisk pace. Ride leader is Jerry Rhoads; call 512-2155.

Sunday: Noon ride. Route to be determined. Meet at Bi-Mart on West Main in Medford. Ride leader is Dan Wooten; call 779-9248.

Dec. 29: 40-mile ride starts at 10 a.m.; Hawthorne Park to Eagle Point and back. Dan Wooten, 779-9248.

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.

Project FeederWatch

Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify a variety of species with the help of experienced Audubon volunteers. This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Ages: 10 and up; When: Alternate Saturdays through March, from 9-10 a.m.

Next program: Saturday at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 488-6606.

Events

Winter Botany Show: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; The Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society will hold a winter botany show. Conifers, cones, evergreen shrubs and other plants will be displayed. Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Call 541-482-3241

Monday Jan. 21, Backpacking Azalea Lake and Four Mile Lake

Program and movie featuring 2007 backpacking adventures to Azalea Lake and Four Mile Lake. See some amazing examples of the biodiversity our area has to offer. Join Al Collinet, overnight hike leader, for this beautiful multimedia slide show. Bring your backpacking questions, suggestions and ideas of where you would like to go in 2008. Al will discuss the "how tos" of a successful backpacking trip, including gear and equipment. Family friendly; public invited. Headwaters Gallery, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Social starts at 7:15 p.m., Program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments. Call 840-7236 for more info.

Thursday Feb. 7, Floating the Rivers

Program and movie featuring an exciting rafting trip down the beautiful Tatshenshini/Alsek Rivers in Alaska. This multimedia slide show of a two-week rafting trip through the wilderness begins in the Yukon Territory and ends at a take-out in Glacier Bay National Park. The 12 friends who participated from Southern Oregon are mostly over 50 years of age. Their experience chronicled in this movie will impress everyone who sees it. Family friendly; public invited. Headwaters Gallery, 84 Fourth St, Ashland,

Social begins at 7:15 p.m. Program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments. Call 840-7236.

Feb. 7, 8 and 9, 7th Annual Siskiyou Film Fest in Grants Pass, presented by Siskiyou Project.