Sierra Club Outings
Saturday: Grouse Gap. Seven-mile hike to see early wildflowers along the Pacific Crest Trail, moderate. Call Carol Walker, 488-8517 or Carol Ingelson, 245-6380 for details.

July 19: Sierra Club Trail Clearing Project on Frog Pond Loop Trail in the Red Buttes. It is time to give a little back so others will have access to this wonderful area. The Trail has been overgrown by saddlers oak and other bushes. Group will spend about 3 hours clipping them back. Long-handled loppers and gloves are all you need to help with this worthwhile task, though short-handled loppers will work. A few small hand saws would be useful for some of the smaller branches. We will leave the large trees for someone else. No power tools are allowed. Bring tools, lunch and water. After lunch we can talk about flowers and forests as we snip our way back to the trailhead. Meet at the Star Ranger Station, Upper Applegate Road, between Ruch and Applegate Lake at 8 a.m. to carpool. There are several options for camping locally on July 18 or 19, but it is not part of the Sierra Club outing. Contact Al Collinet at dewbobal@verizon.net for more information and RSVP, or call Kristin Biechler 840-7236. You do not need to be a member to participate.

July 25, 26, 27: Backpacking to Towhead Lake in the Red Buttes
We will be starting out at the Cook and Green Trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail. Hike is 4.5 miles with a 1,718-foot elevation gain. Saturday we will explore the area based on the group’s desires. The area boasts some very unusual rock formations and interesting flora. Carpooling opportunities will be facilitated. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. Maggie Purves will be co-leading this trip. Space is limited to eight so be sure to make a reservation. Contact Al Collinet at dewbobal@verizon.net, or Darin Banner at 531-7623 for more information and RSVP. You do not need to be a member to participate.

Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1: Backpacking trip to Mountain Lakes in the Cascades
Views, lakes and flowers abound this time of year at this high-elevation spot. Mountain Lakes are about 60 miles east of Medford on Hwy140 near Upper Klamath Lake. Trail is accessed by taking four miles of gravel road to the Varney Creek Trailhead. The first day we plan on 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,566 feet to Zeb Lake. The second day we will hike six miles with an elevation gain of 1,606 feet to Lake Harriette. The third day we will travel six miles with an elevation gain of 732 feet and 1,194-foot elevation loss to the trailhead. We will spend most of our time over 6,500 feet. Hiking distances are modest and the pace will be set to the slowest participants. Carpooling opportunities will be facilitated. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. We will determine a rendezvous point so we can reach the trailhead about 10 a.m. Space is limited so be sure to make a reservation. Contact Al Collinet at dewbobal@verizon.net, or Darin Banner at 531-7623, for more information and RSVP. You do not need to be a member to participate.

Wild Rogue Hike Series
Saturday: The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Siskiyou Project will lead hikes into the proposed wilderness along the Lower Rogue River on the last Saturday of each month through October 25. Enjoy diverse wild forests, extraordinary wildlife viewing and clear creeks tumbling into the mighty Rogue. The group will discuss wilderness and wild & scenic proposals for the area, as well as the Bureau of Land Management’s logging plans in the area.
Carpools leave the Gooseberries Natural Foods parking lot (1533 NE F St.) in Grants Pass at 10 a.m. and will meet at the Graves Creek boat ramp at 11 a.m. Bring hiking shoes, clothing layers, food and water. Hikes are moderate and approximately five to seven miles. For more information call 541-488-5789, e-mail lesley@kswild.org or go to www.savethewildrogue.org.

“Whopper” Hike Series
In 2007, the Bureau of Land Management released a draft proposal called the Western Oregon Plan Revisions, also known as WOPR, which would guide the management of 2.5 million acres of public forests in western Oregon. These hikes venture into Medford District BLM public lands that would be affected by WOPR. Bring good hiking shoes, water, food and clothing layers. For more information, contact the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center at 488-5789 or e-mail lesley@kswild.org.
Aug. 16: Moon Prairie, Indian Plateau. Visit a relic stand of old-growth east of Ashland. Moon Prairie is currently designated as an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern” for its fish, wildlife, scenic and educational values. The BLM would eliminate this designation under all proposed WOPR alternatives. Moderate, four to five miles. Meet at Shop ’n Kart in Ashland at 9 a.m.
Sept. 20: Long Gulch, Applegate Valley. A one-way downhill hike off-trail from the top of Long Gulch through the drainage of this unique, trellised watershed that is home to the largest block of low-elevation old-growth in the Applegate Valley. The Applegate Valley was designated as an Adaptive Management Area under the Northwest Forest Plan, and under WOPR it is proposed as a Timber Management Area. The east boundary of Long Gulch is also the proposed boundary for the Johns Peak Off-Highway Vehicle Emphasis Area. Difficult, 3.5 miles. Meet at the Ruch Market at 9 a.m.

Soda Mountain Wilderness Hikes
One day each weekend until July 26, the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council will lead free public hikes into the 23,000-acre Oregon portion of the proposed Soda Mountain Wilderness area. Each hike is led by a local naturalist. Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Space may be limited. Expect to be gone into the late afternoon or early evening on most hikes that begin in the morning. Ask your hike leader for their best estimate of return time. You must sign a liability waiver at trip-start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader. Please contact hike leaders for meeting locations and to reserve your place.
Saturday: Wander from just east of Randcore Pass (elev. 4,100 feet) down through the mixed oak/conifer forest of the Oregon Gulch Research Natural Area with USFWS ornithologist Pepper Trail (482-9594; ptrail@ashlandnet.net — e-mail contact preferred) and ford Jenny Creek (elev. 3,150 feet) in the beautiful Box O meadows area on this moderate shuttle hike ending at Rattlesnake Spring (elev. 3,500 feet). You’ll get your feet wet (and more) on the knee-deep creek crossing toward the end. About a four-mile hike, mostly cross-country.
July 5: Join Southern Oregon University botanist and SMWC board member Steve Jessup (552-6804; jessup@sou.edu) in the upper Baldy Creek watershed for a ramble and scramble down through beautiful north-slope forest to Little Pilot Peak (elev. 5,850 feet) and Little Pilot Rock (elev. 5,375 feet). Ascending these basalt-column promontories isn’t technical, but getting there and then down to your pre-parked vehicles is moderately difficult. After hiking uphill from 5,650 feet for about a half-mile on the Pacific Crest Trail west of Soda Mountain, it’s about two miles more of up-and-down, cross-country travel to the mini-summits. Be ready for lots of off-trail botanizing and expect to be back by mid-afternoon.
July 12: Explore the beautiful Box O meadows area of Jenny Creek Canyon on an easy late-afternoon/early-evening hike with aquatic ecologist Brian Barr (482-4459, ext. 304;
brian@nccsp.org) of the National Center for Conservation Science and Policy. Get in the water if you like, while learning about riparian ecology and watershed recovery. Kids are especially welcome on this outing and Brian will interpret the route on the approximately two-mile round-trip walk accordingly. Bring a picnic supper.
July 20: Join National Park Service ecologist Dennis Odion and SMWC board member Chris Fowler (482-5752; fowler@mind.net – e-mail contact preferred) on an easy or moderate (your choice) Pacific Crest Trail (and vicinity) hike east of Pilot Rock from Porcupine Gap to Babbitt Gap, Porcupine Meadow and (if you’re still game) Porcupine Mountain. There are options to diverge early and do your own route variation on this “figure 8” double-loop route. Some cross-country hiking is involved if you choose to do the entire itinerary.
July 26: Take an easy stroll out to spectacular Boccard Point (5,720 feet) for a big-picture, birds-eye overview of Soda Mountain backcountry watersheds with Southern Oregon University aquatic biologist Michael Parker and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (899-1117; siskiyoulori@hotmail.com). Then backtrack a bit by vehicle for a separate easy hike to upper Dutch Oven Creek to learn a little riparian ecology in the creek itself. The hiking is cross-country once you get to the creek. The amount and difficulty of creek-walking involved will depend on the group.

Slopes and Trails Singles Group Outings
Saturday: Takelma Gorge Hike. Easy 4.5-mile hike with little elevation gain. Meet at Food-4-Less, 9 a.m. Bring water, lunch, camera and good hiking shoes. We can stop for ice cream after the hike. Call Gary at 772-8035 for more information.

Every Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m., a group run leaves the Rogue Valley Runners store, 161 E. Main St. in downtown Ashland. All ability levels are encouraged to show. Group runs an easy/social six to seven miles on trails and roads in and around Lithia Park. Call 201-0014 with questions.

Every Monday at 6 p.m. training runs for the 7th Britt Woods FireHouse Run are staged at the upper Britt parking lot above First and Fir streets in Jacksonville. Run two to six miles, and have a casual, hilly cross-country experience in the beautiful woods above the Britt gardens. The run is July 19. The main event is a six-mile run at 8 a.m. Two and four-mile exhibition runs start at 7 a.m. The 100-yard dash (fun run) for kids is at 7:30. We provide $200 in prize money plus ribbons and post-race prizes and refreshments. Register on www.active.com, or call Dr. Doug Naversen at 773-3636 days or 899-1214 nights for details.

Saturday: Rooster Crow, 5k run in Rogue River. Call 621-6361 for information. Southern Oregon Runners offers a busy slate of running activities and races. Check their Web site for local running events, plus races and activities offered by other running clubs in the region: www.southernoregonsizzlersrunningclub.org.

July 4: Three area runs are scheduled for the Fourth of July. Ashland, six Miles (482-5340); Eagle Point, one-mile and 5K (944-2446); Mt. Shasta City, five miles (530-926-1144).

Lithia Park Nature Walks
Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11:30 a.m., rain or shine, (and Saturdays in July and August), trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead an easy 1.5-hour nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics will include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Free. For information, call 488-5340.

Volksmarch Club Walks
These 5K or 10K walks, organized by the Rogue Valley Walkers, are free. Leashed dogs welcome. For more information call George at 541-772-8311
Saturday, 8 a.m. Rogue River: Walking in both residential, park and forest settings, including the new bridge and paved trail along the Rogue River out to Valley of the Rogue State Park.
July 12, 8 a.m., Medford: Meet at the Food-4-Less parking lot (just right of the main entrance, about the middle of the lot). Easy walk through east Medford residential areas with a tour through the southwest downtown area past the post office, government buildings and returning along Biddle Road.

Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon
Aug. 9: Registration for the 33rd annual Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon is underway. Information and registration options are available at www.craterlakerimruns.com or by calling 541-884-6939 after 6 p.m. The 2008 Rim Runs include four events — 6.7-mile walk, 6.7-mile run, 13-mile run and 26.2-mile marathon. Registration is limited to 500 entrants.

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, 899-9190, cyclea@internetcds.com. More information at Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association Web site, www.somba.org.
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves from their shop, 1448 Williams Hwy., at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact: Richard Amneus, 541-476-4935 or bikekraft@atiinternet.com.
Every Thursday, Cycle Sport’s crew meets at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities 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, 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 Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes, 857-0819, covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 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 Glen Gann, 779-6986.
Every Monday: A 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 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.

Klamath Bird Observatory
Aug. 2: Klamath Bird Observatory Birdwalk to Mount Ashland. View the bird life on the highest peak of the Siskiyou Mountains. Mountain bluebirds, green-tailed towhees, white-headed woodpeckers, red-breasted Sapsuckers, and gray jays may be spotted. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland to carpool. Bring water. Leader: Harry Fuller, KBO birdwalk leader. To register, call The Northwest Nature Shop, 482-3241. Free.

Native Plant Society Wildflower Show
July 4: The Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon hosts its annual 4th of July Wildflower Show in the Community Center across from Ashland’s Lithia Park, 59 Winburn Way, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Call Jim Duncan, 482-7629, for information.

Toddler And Youth Nature Activities
The Northwest Nature Shop offers a monthly series of nature classes for young children and their parents to explore nature together. This fun-filled, interactive experience encourages future naturalists to learn about nature through games, stories, songs and outdoor activities. For more information and to sign up, call the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, 541-482-3241 in advance. Bring snacks and water and dress for the weather. Meet at the Northwest Nature Shop.
July 14: All about Bugs Wax Drawings. Explore the wonderful world of insects and spiders. Use your newfound knowledge of crawly critter anatomy to create your own unique cool colorful wax drawing. 10 a.m.-Noon. For ages 4-10. Cost: $5 per adult/child pair.
July 16: Collage and Stenciling with Plants. An amazing variety of leaf shapes surround us. Capture the beautiful variety of leaves using leaf rubbing and stencils to create a fun collage. 10 a.m.-Noon. For ages 4-10. Cost: $5 per adult/child pair.
July 19: Prints of Nature. Get outside and capture nature with a sketch that will then be turned into a print with a fun print-making process. 10 a.m.-Noon. For ages 4-10. Cost: $5 per adult/child pair.