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Get Out: Friday, Aug. 22


Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument: Lecture on Friday, Aug. 22, and hike Saturday, Aug. 23. From 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Medford library's large meeting room, Jeanine Moy of KS Wild will share some of the incredible plant diversity found around Cascade-Siskiyou NM and how you can participate in stewardship practices that aid conservation of the wilderness in our backyard. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou and Moy will lead a hike on the Green Springs Loop Trail off Highway 66. For details, email Kristi at cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com or call 541-778-0597

KS Wild: Saturday, Aug. 23. Moderately strenuous 5-mile hike to Grayback Mountain in the Applegate Valley. The group will explore historic cabins on the way to the peak. A carpool will meet at the Ashland Outdoor Store at 9 a.m. Bring plenty of water, warm layers and a lunch. To sign up, call Morgan at 541-488-5789. See more at www.kswild.org

Applegate Trails Association: Sunday, Aug. 24. A 5.5-mile hike will go to Sturgis Meadow and Mount Elijah in an overlooked corner of the Siskiyou Mountains. The foray into this unprotected wilderness will take you to the flower-filled expanses of Sturgis Meadow’s subalpine area, along a view-filled ridge above the bluffs of Bigelow Lake’s basin, and on to the summit of Mount Elijah. With 1,350 feet of elevation change, this hike is rated difficult. Bring adequate water and leave your pets at home. ATA appreciates a $5 donation at sign in. The group will meet 9 a.m. at the Applegate store, 15095 Highway 238. RSVP is appreciated. Call David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or email david@applegatetrails.org. For more information, see www.applegatetrails.org.

Lithia Park Nature Walks: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. Ashland Parks and Recreation hosts guided walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. The walks last about an hour and a half and cover a variety of topics about the park. Meet at the park entrance at the Ashland Plaza. No preregistration required. Free. Call 541-488-5340.

Rogue Valley Walkers: Saturday, Aug. 23. The club’s 10K Jacksonville walk will meet in the public parking lot on D Street across the bridge from the Jacksonville Library. Arrive at 7:45 a.m. to register. A 5K version is also available. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Saturday, Sept. 6: 10K walk in Ashland will meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou and Sherman streets. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Saturday, Sept. 20: 10K walk in Grants Pass, with a 5K option, will meet at 8:45 a.m. at Riverside Park. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.


Rogue Valley Audubon Society: Wednesday, Sept. 3. On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS conducts a bird walk at Agate Lake, about two miles east of the Highway 62/140 intersection. Birders should meet at the parking lot on the far side of the lake across from the boat dock. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end before noon. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by the walk participants. You don’t need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, mworr2@charter.net). Contact him if you are willing to help.

Northwest Nature Shop: At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, Northwest Nature Shop and KS Wild will team up to lead a family bird walk at Ashland pond. This kid-focused walk will show you a few tricks with binoculars, teach you to identify our local feathered friends, and play a fun bird behavior game. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge, but space is limited, so sign up in advance at the store or call 541-482-3241.


Siskiyou Velo rides: Every Saturday. Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Saturday. Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Saturday. VeloShip rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. The rides are for experienced riders who wish to ride at a moderate average pace (14-16 mph); 30 to 60 miles, some hills. Contact Wayne Evitts at 541-816-0007.

Every Saturday. VeloMello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. 20 to 25 miles, Rides are easy pace (10-13 mph) and terrain with frequent stops to regroup. No one will be dropped. Mostly flat, neighborhoods and country roads. Contact Elaine Sweet at 541-482-8332.

Every Monday. Coffee rides begin at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.

Every Wednesday. Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact Fred Stapenhorst at 541-708-0045.