Get Out: Friday, July 10
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Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway ride
Saturday, July 11: Siskiyou Velo Club will host a ride on the newly designated Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway starting at 7 a.m. from Garfield Park in Ashland. The 55-mile ride will head up the Greensprings Highway, across Hyatt-Prairie Road and back down Dead Indian Memorial Road to town. Non-Velo Club members are welcome to join the ride. This is a very difficult ride with an elevation gain of 5,000 feet, steep grades and narrow roads with no shoulders. Water, facilities and food will be available at Green Springs Inn, Hyatt Lake Resort, Howard Prairie Resort and at the Dead Indian Memorial Road summit. For info about the scenic bikeway program, see oregonscenicbikeways.org. For info about Siskiyou Velo, see siskiyouvelo.org.
Britt Woods Firehouse Run
Saturday, July 11: The event features a 10K main run, 1.9- and 4.3-mile exhibition runs and 100-yard fun run for kids. The main event starts at 8 a.m. at the upper Britt parking lot in Jacksonville. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org
Guided wilderness hikes
Fremont-Winema National Forest employees will lead a number of interpretive hikes into the Mountain Lakes and Sky Lakes wilderness areas. The hikes are free and all ages are welcome to attend. Participants need to wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring a hat, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, binoculars, plenty of water and a snack or lunch. Dressing in layers works best because of the temperature variances that tour participants may experience throughout the day. Also, bring bug spray. Reservations are required due to limitations on group size. Call the Klamath Ranger District at 541-885-3400.
Saturday, July 11: Badger Lake Trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easy hike along the eastern shore of Fourmile Lake. After climbing a small hill, the trail winds within a forested and meadow area to Badger Lake, where bald eagles are often seen up close. The hike offers great views of Mount McLoughlin and provides an opportunity for your guide to discuss the flora and fauna of the Sky Lakes Wilderness and wilderness management practices.
Saturday, July 18: Sevenmile Trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moderate hike starts at an elevation of 5,600 feet and gradually climbs gentle slopes to the Pacific Crest Trail and Ranger Springs. Hikers will get to view the flora and fauna of the area and experience a bubbling spring. Your guide will talk about wildlife habitat, the significance of wilderness areas and soil erosion in forests.
Saturday, Aug. 1: Twin Ponds Trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easy hike along the western shore of Fourmile Lake. The Twin Ponds Trail winds through forested and meadow areas to Summit Lake, where bald eagles are often seen up close. Your guide will discuss the flora and fauna of the Sky Lakes Wilderness and wilderness management practices.
Saturday, Aug. 8: Varney Creek Trail in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moderate hike into the Mountain Lakes Wilderness on the Varney Creek Trail. The trail winds through deep shady woods, along meadows and ridges of the Varney Creek drainage. Your guide will talk about different approaches to wilderness management and how maintenance is performed within the wilderness setting.
Saturday, Aug. 15: Nannie Creek Trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moderate hike on the Nannie Creek Trail, which starts at 6,000 feet and winds back and forth up a steep slope following the rocky contours through heavily forested slopes of Lather Mountain to the southwest. As the trail evens out, the forest becomes dense with lodgepole and western hemlock before arriving at Puck Lakes. This hike offers great opportunity for your guide to discuss backpacking in the wilderness and some tips on camping in our local wilderness.
Applegate Trails Association hike
Sunday, July 12: ATA will lead a 3-mile loop hike at 8:45 a.m. at Red Lily Vineyard, featuring views of Wellington Butte and the 5,700-acre Wellington Wildlands, walks along the Applegate River, a cool piece of Keeler Creek, an overlook across vineyards, and a stop by the shady banks of a pond. After the hike, lunch will be available for purchase from Peruvian Point or from Red Lily, which will also have wine for sale. If you plan to attend, RSVP the hike leader, David Calahan, at 541-899-1226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave pets at home. ATA requests a $5 donation at sign-in. For more information, see www.applegatetrails.org or www.redlilyvineyards.com.
Crater Lake botany hike
Saturday, July 18: The Native Plant Society will hike with Crater Lake National Park botanist Jennifer Beck to the summit of Mount Scott (the highest point in the park) to see which plants grow in this harsh environment, and discuss the plight of whitebark pine and the park's efforts to conserve and restore this special tree. The hike is a strenuous 4.4 miles round trip with a gain of 1,250 feet. Afterward, the group will drive along East Rim Drive to view some of the Park's rare plants, including the Crater Lake rockcress and the pumice grapefern. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and layers of clothing. Meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Mount Scott trailhead on East Rim Drive. A map of the park is available at www.nps.gov/crla, click the "view Park Map" option in the "Park Tools" section in the lower left corner. A fee is required to enter the park.
Siskiyou Out Back
Saturday, July 25: The trail-running event features 50-mile, 50K and 15K races starting at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area. Online registration only. Entry deadline is July 15. For details, see http://siskiyououtback.com/
Lithia Park Nature walks
May-September: Four days a week — Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday — rain or shine, trained volunteer naturalists lead a free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at 10 a.m. at the park entrance across from the Plaza in Ashland. Preregistration is not required.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph. No one will be dropped. Call Ginny Jensen at 541-488-1398.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou 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. Call Ken Kelley at 541-857-6819.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Crank It Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations; 20 to 30 miles. Pace 12 to 15 mph, varied terrain. No one will be dropped. Call Tom Ryan at 541-261-4757.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace lining at high speeds. Pace: 18+ mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph average over 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph with periodic pace lines over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Call Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.