Calendar of outdoor recreation, activities and events

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.

Sierra Club Outings

Saturday: A moderate hike to be announced in the Ashland area. Call Carol at 488-8517 for details.

Feb. 2: A moderate hike is planned in Ashland. Time and place will be announced. For more information call 488-8517.

Feb. 4: A Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. at the home of Carol Walker. Everyone is invited. New ideas and hike leaders are always welcome. For more information or directions, please call Carol at 488-8517.

Feb. 10: A moderate 5-mile snowshoe to Chinquapin Mountain is planned. Call 210-0204 for meeting time and place.
Feb. 16: A strenuous 13-mile hike on the lower and upper trails is planned at the Middle Fork of the Applegate River. Call 951-9139 for meeting time and place.

Feb. 22 and 23: Overnight backpacking trip is planned, the place is to be determined. For more information, call 531-7623 or e-mail darin@banneradvisors.com

Southern Oregon Nordic Club Outings
Saturday: Ski clinic and training at Mount Shasta. Instructor is Edgar Hee: 734-4872.

Saturday: Novice ski tour at Buck Prairie. Call Dan at 535-5979.
Saturday: Intermediate-advanced ski tour to McDonald’s Peak. Call Gene at 482-0180.

Sunday: Intermediate ski tour at Diamond Lake. Call Kevin at 261-3547.

Jan. 31: Intermediate ski tour to Table Mountain and beyond. Call Bobbie at 488-5003.

Feb. 2: 5-mile novice ski tour. Location to be determined. Call Dave at 512-0436.

Feb. 3-8 is Senior Ski Week at Diamond Lake for all levels. Snowshoeing also is available. Call Stefanie at 776-3987 for more information.

Feb. 9: Ski clinic and training at Mount Shasta. Mainly uphill technique (1 hour) and downhill on groomed trails. Call Edgar at 734-4872.

Feb. 17: John Day Race at Diamond Lake. All levels welcome. Call Dan at 535-5979.

Feb. 23: An intermediate 7-mile ski tour on Lollipop Trail at Fish Lake is planned. Call 535-4157 for meeting time and place.

Feb. 23: Walk on the quiet side. Snowshoe led by Marion. Organized by Ashland Parks and Recreation; fee of $25 for bus transportation. Contact Joy at 488-5340.

Feb. 24: Easy-intermediate 6-mile ski tour. Location to be determined. Call Dave at 512-0436.

Feb. 24: Snowshoe followed by High Tea at Lucy’s house. Snowshoe at Conde Creek, just past Buck Prairie. Call Lucy at 488-4860.

Avalanche Awareness Training
Feb. 1: Mount Shasta Avalanche Center presents a free 1- to 1½-hour introductory workshop on the key factors that lead to avalanche formation and accidents. Good for beginners or as a refresher course. Location: Mount Shasta City Library, 7 p.m.

Avalanche Transceiver Clinic
Feb. 2: 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.

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.

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

Every Sunday: 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 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 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 488-0036.

Saturday: Show & Go; 10:30 a.m.; meet at Downtown Coffeehouse in Talent; distance and pace to be determined; contact Jodi Weber at 301-6880.

Sunday: Show & Go; Noon: meet at West Main Bi-Mart in Medford; distance and pace to be determined; contact Dan Wooton at 779-9248

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.

Wild Birds Unlimited and the Klamath Bird Observatory are leading free bird walks the 2nd Saturday of each month. The walks will be jointly led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory and Katy Reed, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited.

February 9: Birdwalk to Agate Lake
We will bird Agate Lake east of Medford. Raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds, and waders frequent the lake. The fields and oak woodlands should yield plenty of songbirds. Bring you spotting scope. Meet at 8am at Wild Birds Unlimited (Medford). Leader: Harry Fuller, KBO volunteer and member. To register, call 770-1104.

March 8: Birdwalk to Denman Wildlife Refuge and Tou Velle Park

April 12: Birdwalk to Roxy Ann Butte
Explore the chaparral along the road leading to and up the trail up to Roxy Ann Butte. Spot migratory songbirds returning to the Rogue Valley. Meet at 8am at Wild Birds Unlimited (Medford). Leader: KBO Staff. To register, call 770-1104.

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.
Program dates: Feb. 2 and 16; March 1 and 15; Times: 9-10 a.m. Location: North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. For more information, call 488-6606.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society Field Trips
Feb. 9: Expert birder Frank Lospalluto will lead a trip to the Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the peteroglyphs area of Fossil Beds National Monument. Participants will see as much of Tulelake NWR as possible. Depending on weather and road conditions, there will be an opportunity to explore some of the agricultural areas around Merrill. The group will meet at the Ashland Shop ‘N Kart dirt parking lot in time to organize carpools for an 8 a.m. departure. Participants should bring food to eat along the way and should dress for cold weather. No dogs. For more information, call 482-0396.

Saturday: GPS and Geocaching, for ages 8 and up. Geocaching is modern-day treasure hunting. This class is open to beginners of all ages. By the time you’re done, you’ll be an expert in mapping and navigating way points, along with searching for and creating your own geocache. Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Online registration is available at ashlandparks.recware.com or call 488-6606. Cost $5.

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 take-out in Glacier Bay National Park. The 12 friends from Southern Oregon who participated 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 7:15 p.m.; program 7:30 to 9 p.m.; light refreshments. Call 840-7236 for more information.

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

Feb. 17: Entry forms are available for the 22nd annual John Day Citizen’s Cross Country Ski Race to be held at Diamond Lake Resort. The race, open to all ages and abilities, includes 20k freestyle (skating allowed) and 10k classic (diagonal stride only) events. The race also features Junior (18 and under) 5k freestyle and 5k classic events, as well as a 5k Fun Ski. Entry forms can be downloaded from the John Day XC Race Web site: http://southernonc.tripod.com/id6.html; or e-mail a request to: jprfans@charter.net. Pre-registration closes Feb. 9. Day of race registration is accepted. Check-in is at the Diamond Lake Resort Lodge between 8 and 9:30 a.m. the morning of the race. The mass-start race begins at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club. For information, contact Dan Bulkley, race director, at 541-535-5979.