Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park lead free snowshoe hikes starting at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. They'll lead daily hikes at 1 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 27, through Dec. 31. The hikes last two hours and cover about one mile of moderately strenuous terrain in forests and meadows on the crater's rim. Hikers must be at least 8 years old and be in “reasonably good physical condition.” No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Hikers must have warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Free snowshoes are available or hikers can bring their own. A limited number of hikers can participate in each group hike, so advance reservations are recommended. Hikes for groups of 10 or more can be arranged on weekdays or weekend mornings. The park's visitor center and the Rim Village Cafe and Gift Shop are open daily. For information or to sign up, call the park's visitor center at 541-594-3100.
KS Wild hike
Saturday, Jan. 29: Snowshoe hike up to the Rabbit Ears rock formation on the backside of Mount Ashland for an invigorating day in the snow. Weather permitting, this trek allows for expansive views of Mount Shasta, the Marble Mountains, the Siskiyou Crest and the Rogue Valley. This will be a moderately difficult trip covering approximately four to five miles. Meet at Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 10 a.m. Bring water, lunch, snowshoes and appropriate clothes. Mountain Supply outdoor store on the plaza in Ashland rents snowshoes for a reasonable rate, and they offer a 10 percent discount to KS Wild members. Group will hike in light weather, but strong snow cancels the trip. Call Laurel at 541-488-5789 for details.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 1: 10K walk in Medford. Meet at the Bear Creek Park parking lot off of Highland Avenue at 10 a.m. For more information call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Jan. 15: 10K walk in Eagle Point. Meet at 10 a.m. at Bob Moore Park on Main Street. For more information call 541-857-6046.
Saturday, Jan. 29: Grants Pass historic walk meets at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Rays Food Place on 7th Street (north of Savage) in Grants Pass.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Jan. 1: Intermediate ski tour. Call Kelly Barry for details at 541-821-7147.
Sunday, Jan. 2: Intermediate ski tour. Call John Fertig for details at 541-601-5687.
Sunday, Jan. 2: Ski lessons with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.
Wednesday, Jan. 5: Ski tour led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-776-3987 for details.
Thursday, Jan. 6: Nordic Club meeting at D&S Harley-Davidson on Highway 99 in Phoenix at 7 p.m. Scott Churchill of Tognar Toolworks will demonstrate ski waxing.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 7-9: Ski weekend on Mount Shasta trails. For details call Karen and Edgar Hee at 541-734-4872.
Sunday, Jan. 9: Ski lesson with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.
Wednesday, Jan. 12: Ski tour led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-776-3987 for details.
Saturday, Jan. 15: Beginner ski lesson with Lew Nash. Call 541-552-9111 for details.
Sunday, Jan. 16: Ski lesson with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.
Monday-Friday, Jan. 17-21: Ski week at Belknap Hot Spring and Hoodoo. Call Pat Fuhrman to learn more, 541-690-5575.
Wednesday, Jan. 19: Moonlight ski tour with Rees Jones. Call 541-482-0218.
Saturday, Jan. 22: Beginner ski lesson with Lew Nash. Call 541-552-9111 for details.
Sunday, Jan. 23: Ski lesson with Michael Dawkins. Call 541-482-2703 for details.
Wednesday, Jan. 26: Ski tour led by Stefanie Ferrara. Call 541-776-3987 for details.
Saturday, Jan. 29: Beginner ski lesson with Dan Bulkley. Call 541-535-5979 for details.
Sunday, Jan. 30: Ski lesson with Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703.
Mount Ashland Shuttle
Saturdays-Sundays: Ashland Mountain Adventures offers a weekend shuttle to Mount Ashland for the ski season. The Ashland Mountain van begins its route in Medford at Northwest Outdoor Store, 980 Biddle Road, at 7:30 a.m. and does a pick-up at Ashland Mountain Shop, 700 Mistletoe Road, at 8 a.m. The shuttle arrives on the mountain at approximately 8:45 a.m. and leaves the mountain by 4:15 p.m. The van can carry 14 people, so reservations are required. Call 541-499-2298 for reservations or go to ashlandmountainadventures.com for information. Round trip cost is $15 per person, or buy 10 tickets for $125. Tickets can be purchased from the driver, cash only. The shuttle will run all week during Christmas break, then resume on the weekends, though the shuttle will run any day four or more people make reservations.
Saturday, Jan. 15: The annual 5K and 10K runs, sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners, begin at 9:30 a.m. at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. Cost is $10 by Jan. 10 ($7 for SOR members). After Jan. 10 it's $10 for everybody. Race-day registration runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.
Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.
Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee 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 Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, Jan. 8: 12th annual Ashland Creek Dipper Walk. Meet Bob Quaccia at 9:30 a.m. at the Ashland Plaza. The walk will follow both sides of Ashland Creek in Lithia Park (about 1.5 miles) observing and counting American Dippers.
Saturday, Jan. 1: Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center while learning to identify local birds with the help of Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. The program alternates weekends with the FeederWatch program at Ashland's North Mountain Park. Upcoming dates at JNC are Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12 and March 26. Jefferson Nature Center is located at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, behind Harry & David Field and just before the bridge to U.S. Cellular Sports Park. For information contact Judd Hurley, 541-621-3918.
Saturday, Jan. 8: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, while learning to identify species with the expert help. This is an 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. The program alternates weekends with the FeederWatch program at Medford's Jefferson Nature Center. For ages 10 and up. Free. Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers will be on hand.
Whale Watch Week
Saturday, Jan. 1: Tomorrow is the last day of the annual winter Whale Watch Week, in which trained volunteers staff 26 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites along the Oregon Coast. The helpers will be out from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Marine mammal experts estimate that the annual winter migration from Alaska to Baja includes 18,000 whales. Since most of the whales are traveling three to five miles offshore, visitors are advised to bring binoculars. More information about the program and a map of official viewpoints are online at www.whalespoken.org.
ODFW Angler's Open House
Tuesday, Jan. 4: Oregon anglers will have a chance to share their ideas, comments and concerns about the state's fishery's with top ODFW managers at an open house in Salem. The meeting will go from 6 to 9 p.m. at ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE. The agenda will be set, in large part, by the questions and concerns raised during the meeting.
“This open house meeting is a good way to start the new year,” said Rhine Messmer, ODFW Recreational Fisheries Program manager. “It's a chance for us to hear what issues are on the minds of anglers so we can take appropriate action.”
The meeting is being held in conjunction with a meeting of the Inland Sports Fishing Advisory Committee, which provides public perspectives and input on implementation of ODFW's 25-Year Angling Enhancement Plan. The plan is available on the ODFW website at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/docs/25_Year_Recreational_Angling_Enhancement%20Plan.pdf.
In addition to the open forum, ODFW staff will provide an update on changes to the public process for developing new angling regulations. Revisions of the public process are underway, and will be adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission next August. The revised process will be used for the development of the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
Great Meadows Sno-Park opens
Great Meadows Sno-Park opened to over-snow vehicle use this week. An over-snow vehicle is defined as “a motor vehicle that is designed for use over the snow and that runs on a track or tracks and/or a ski or skis, while in use over the snow.” These vehicles must be less than 60 inches gross width and less than 1,200 pounds dry weight. Great Meadows Sno-Park, 30 miles east of Medford on Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods, is a popular place for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and kite boarders. The 165 miles of groomed trails surrounding Great Meadows are well suited for beginners through experts. A sno-park permit is necessary to park there. Seasonal permits cost $25, three-day permits cost $9 and day-use permits cost $4. Resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets may charge an additional service fee for each permit they sell. For more information, call the Klamath Ranger District at 541-883-3400.