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.

Sierra Club Outings

Friday-Saturday: Overnight backpacking trip. Group will snowshoe/cross-country ski into the Hemlock Butte shelter below Mount Bailey near Diamond Lake. Four-mile trail, with 700-foot elevation gain. Bunks available at the shelter for up to eight people, or bring a tent. For more information, call hike leader Darren Banner, 531-7623 or e-mail darin@banneradvisors.com.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Saturday: Skiing and snowshoeing workshops will be offered by the Oregon Nordic Club, Southern Oregon Chapter. Bus transportation will be provided. Bring your own equipment or rent from one of the local outdoor stores. Experts will teach a morning lesson, then break for lunch, followed by an afternoon class and more skiing or shoeing. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a lunch and water. Wear wool or synthetic — no jeans or cotton. Layering of clothes is important. Event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at The Grove parking lot, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Cost is $25 per person, per activity. Call 541-488-5340.

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

Saturday: 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.

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

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

March 7, 8, 9: Club will travel to Mt. Bachelor for a weekend of skiing on beautifully groomed track; both classic and skate. With more than 56 km of track that is groomed daily, Mt. Bachelor Nordic is one of the finest XC venues on the West Coast. For back-country skiers there is every kind of terrain. For those who still need the thrill of a downhill run, the mountain is just across the parking lot. The Nordic Center, located at the trail head, has a rental operation, ski shop, ski school, a place to buy soup, sandwiches and beverages, a place to eat lunch inside when it is snowing and an outside deck for sunny days. For information, call Dave Baker at 772-1133 or 944-6145.

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 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required and lights are recommended until the days get longer. Contact: Jana Jenson, 541-899-9190, cyclea@internetcds.com. More information at Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association Web site, www.somba.org.

Every Thursday: Cycle Sport's crew meets at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Wide abilities of riders welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time pressed or gravity challenged. Singletrack descents are of intermediate ability. Contact: Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935, unoveloce@hotmail.com.

Every Sunday: SOMBA Show 'N Go Rides, Ashland. Meet at the Lithia Park band shell parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Ride route and intensity are determined by who shows and goes. Contact Lisa with questions, 541-201-0933, bach@mind.net.

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 Alex Hayes, 857-0253, covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 9 a.m.

Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann, 779-6986.

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. Ride leader Rick Berlet, 488-0036.

Saturday: Show & Go ride; 10:30 a.m. from Downtown Coffee in Talent, ride leader Jodi Weber, 301-6880.

Sunday: Group ride leaves at noon from Medford Bi-Mart on W. Main Street. Ride leader Dan Wooton, 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 lead free bird walks the 2nd Saturday of each month. The walks are jointly led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory and Katy Reed, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited.

March 8: Birdwalk to Denman Wildlife Refuge and TouVelle Park. Enjoy a Great Blue Heron rookery and birds of the Rogue River riparian habitat. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited. Leader: Frank Lospalluto, KBO contract biologist. To register, call 541-770-1104.

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

Feb. 28: Slide show — Hawks, Masters of the Sky.

The Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring a slideshow on Hawks, 7 p.m. at The Headwaters Building, 84 4th St., Ashland. In this program, we will examine the natural history of these fascinating creatures, including behavior, habitat and adaptations for survival. We'll also learn basic identification of some of our local hawks and discuss hawks' relationship with humans. Local hawk expert and KBO Board President Dick Ashford shares his knowledge and enthusiasm. We'll be well prepared (and motivated) to join a hawk field trip that he will be leading to the Klamath Basin in March. Free. Call the Northwest Nature Shop for information, 541-482-3241.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Tuesday: Chapter meeting. Rogue Valley Audubon Society members will take a virtual tour of the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland. Ornithologist Pepper Trail will lead this video tour of the facility to show how experts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service combine time-tested techniques with cutting-edge science in the service of wildlife. Pepper's talk will focus on actual casework, dealing with such varied topics as illegal trade in South American feather headdresses and Asian hornbill skulls, and identfication of bird remains from oil spills. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Holly, Medford. For more information, visit www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.

Wednesday: Bird walk to Jefferson Nature Center. You can help with the continuing census of birds in this area. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at TacoTime at the juntion of Hwy. 99 and Old Stage Road in Medford. Call Denny Neibuhr for information, 324-9813, or visit www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.

March 8: Trip to Klamath Basin, including Miller Island, agricultural lands to the southeast, and Lower Klamath Lake Refuge. Focus is on raptors and waterfowl. Depart from Ashland Shop 'N Kart dirt parking area at 8 a.m. Arrive early enough to arrange carpooling. Those coming from Medford should meet at the ODOT rest area just north of Cross Road and Hwy 97. Ashland group will reach rest area by 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch, snacks and liquids, dress for cold weather. No dogs. More info at www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.

March 23: Half-day walk along the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street, at 8 a.m. Expect songbirds, woodpeckers, waterfowl and raptors. Walk leader is Henry Fuller. More info at www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.

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. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Ages: 10 and up.

Program dates: March 1 and March 15. Times: 9-10 a.m. Location: North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 488-6606.

April 12: Field trip to a burned forest. KS Wild will lead a field trip into the Klamath National Forest to view the areas burned in last year's forest fires near Happy Camp. For info, call 488-5789, e-mail gs@kswild.org, or visit www.kswild.org.

March 1: The Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring a Guided Winter Ecology Snowshoe. Join botanist Kristi Mergenthaler on a snowshoe excursion to lower Pilot Rock. Discover the magnificence of forests in the winter. Learn the changes plants and animals make to adapt to the winter conditions. Kristi will identify trees, shrubs, animals and birds. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Children and adults are invited. $10 per person. Bring snowshoes, dress for the weather and bring water. Due to limited class size, call the Northwest Nature Shop, 541-482-3241, to sign up.