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King of the Rogue

Saturday, Oct. 14: The fifth annual whitewater event, at the Gold Hill Whitewater Center, will feature a river walk marketplace and expanded viewing area overlooking the race course along Upper River Road. Organizers also expanded the activities and classes to accommodate more water crafts and levels of expertise. Inner-tubes will be available to float in the calm stretches, or for experts to run the rapids. An awards ceremony and barbecue will follow the races. For times and details, see www.goldhillwhitewater.org

Wagner Creek Brush Out

Saturday, Oct. 14: Siskiyou Mountain Club volunteer Luke Brandy will lead an effort to brush out the Wagner Butte Trail. The trail needs major clipping and some tread work. A van will leave from Ashland at 7 a.m., and from Ray's Market in Talent at 7:15 for those who want to carpool to the trailhead. Bring a sack lunch. Email info@siskiyoumountainclub.org for details and to sign up.

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy outings

Saturday, Oct. 14: Rogue River Preserve walkabout for families, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Here’s a chance for families to explore the preserve. Bring your little ones and let them discover the wonders of nature. Some walking and lots of exploring. Recommended for children 3 and older. Folks should bring their own picnic lunch. Leaders are Mike Potts and Della Merrill. Free. To register, see www.landconserve.org.

Sunday, Oct. 15: Rogue River Preserve fish tour, 9-11:30 a.m. Walk the Rogue River Preserve north of Eagle Point with a fisheries ecologist and look for spawning chinook salmon in the Rogue River. Participants will learn about stream and salmon ecology while enjoying the beauty of this recently conserved property. Leader is retired fish biologist Randy Frick. Free. To register, see www.landconserve.org.

Hike talk with Gabe Howe

Thursday, Oct. 19: Join Siskiyou Mountain Club Executive Director Gabe Howe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at REI Medford to discover three new hiking opportunities in our region, on trails recently reopened through support from REI, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and others, including a fresh loop in the Sky Lakes and a 75-mile route from Oregon Caves National Monument to Ashland. Register at www.rei.com/events

KS Wild salmon hikes

Saturday, Oct. 21: Learn about the annual salmon migration up the Illinois and Rogue rivers. Rogue Riverkeeper staff will lead a free hike at Illinois River Forks State Park then head over to the Little Falls trailhead along Eight Dollar Mountain Road to see salmon jumping the falls. Bring water, sturdy shoes and polarized sunglasses if you have them. Hikers will meet at Illinois River Forks State Park in Cave Junction at 1 p.m. Carpool options may be available from Ashland and Grants Pass. Inquire when signing up. See www.kswild.org for details and to sign up.

Sunday, Oct. 22: Learn about the annual salmon migration up the Rogue River and Bear Creek on this free, casual stroll along the Bear Creek Greenway between Ashland and Talent. Rogue Riverkeeper staff will lead the hike to places where salmon are known to spawn. Meet at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent at 10 a.m. The hike will be about 2.5 miles roundtrip on mostly paved surfaces and will end around noon. Bring water and polarized sunglasses if you have them. See www.kswild.org for details and to sign up.

Siskiyou Velo

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 lisa4bikes@gmail.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.