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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument interpretive programs
Saturday, July 29: Junior Explorer program, “Fire in the Forest.” Youth can join in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon at Hyatt Lake Campground beach Day Use Area to learn about trees, animals and their special adaptations to cope with forest fires.
Saturday, July 29: 2 p.m., guided walk, “Habitats of Hobart Bluff.” Ranger-guided 3-mile roundtrip hike to the top of Hobart Bluff. Along the way learn to identify some local plant species and explore why the plant communities change so drastically in such a short walk.
Saturday, July 29: 8 p.m., “When Mountains Meet Biodiversity Blooms.” Take a close look at the unique geologic history of Oregon and what makes the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument such a special place. Please bring your own chair to the beach of the day-use area at Hyatt Lake Campground.
Sunday, July 30: 10 a.m. guided walk, “Hands-on Herpetology Hike.” Ranger-guided 2.2-mile hike on the Greensprings Mountain Loop Trail to learn about the reptiles and amphibians of the monument. Meet at the Greensprings Loop trailhead.
Sunday, July 30: Junior Explorer program, “Magnificent Mammals.” Ranger Becky will show kids some skins and skulls of mammals found in CSNM. Meet at the beach of the day-use area at Hyatt Lake Campground anytime between 10 a.m. and noon to try tracking, play camouflage and bat-and-moth tag.
Sunday, July 30: 2 p.m., guided walk, “Habitats of Hobart Bluff.” Ranger-guided 3-mile roundtrip hike to the top of Hobart Bluff. Along the way learn to identify some local plant species and explore why the plant communities change so drastically in such a short walk.
Free fly-casting lessons in Medford
Mondays: The Rogue FlyFishers Association offers free fly-casting lessons at Hedrick Middle School in Medford. The classes, held at the school’s athletic field, run from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays when it doesn’t rain, through Aug. 7. The club has rods and reels to loan out, but casters are encouraged to bring their own gear if they have it. The lessons are led by John MacDiarmid, a certified casting instructor through the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and include assistance from other seasoned casters in the association.
Native Plant Society outing to Poison Meadows
Sunday, July 30: Poison Meadows is a meadow complex on the western boundary of Crater Lake National Park. Join Jennifer Beck, Crater Lake botanist, for a moderate off-trail hike on rolling terrain through forest stands and meadows where we will see a variety of plants, including Mt. Mazama (Collomia mazama), leather grape-fern (Sceptridium multifidum) and mountain owl clover (Orthocarpus imbricatus). Bring lunch, hat and sunscreen. Meet at 10 a.m. at the junction of Deer Creek Road (NF 6260) and Highway 62 (just east of the junction of Highways 62 and 230). Dirt-road drive to hiking spot takes 30 to 45 minutes.For more information and to register, contact Julie Spelletich at 541-951-1744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine and wildflowers hike
Wednesday Aug. 2: Botanist Kristi Mergenthaler and naturalist Janine Moy of KS Wild will lead a wildflower hike in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from 3 to 7 p.m. The group will hike 3 to 5 miles roundtrip and enjoy some sips and snacks at the top. Bring wine or cheese and crackers to share. See kswild.org for information and to sign up for the hike.
First Wednesday bird walks
Wednesday, Aug. 2: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds free bird walks at Agate Lake the first Wednesday of every month. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. Meet at the main parking area on the east side of the lake opposite the boat ramp. For details, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/First_Wednesday_Count.html
REI workshop: Kayaking basics
Wednesday, Aug. 2: Instructor Shane Minton will share information about kayaking and recreational kayaks. You will leave knowing which type of kayak, paddle and personal flotation device will best fit your needs, as well as the skinny on local paddling destinations. Note: This course does not replace the need for on-water instruction. The free class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford.
Ashland Hill Climb
Saturday, Aug. 12: The 40th annual Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Run starts in Lithia Park in downtown Ashland and climbs 13.3 miles on tree-canopied dirt roads and trails to finish on the Mt. Ashland summit for more than 5,600 feet of climbing — more than a vertical mile. For details, see www.mtashlandrun.com
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at email@example.com.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.