Get Out: Friday, March 11
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Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Free, ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April. The walks last about two hours and cover a mile of moderately strenuous terrain through forests and meadows along Crater Lake's rim. No previous snowshoe experience is required, and snowshoes are provided free of charge. To sign up, call the park visitor center at 541-594-3100.
Cross-country ski outings
Wednesdays and Saturdays: The Southern Oregon Nordic Club holds group ski outings Wednesdays and Saturdays at various locations, weather permitting. For details, see http://new.onc.org/sonc/
Tar 'N Trail run
Saturday, March 12: The annual 6-mile run, sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store in Ashland, starts at 8 a.m. The course includes a mixture of road and trail in and around Lithia Park, Hald-Strawberry Park and side streets of Ashland. For details, call 541-201-0014 or see roguevalleyrunners.com
Table Rocks hikes
Sunday, March 13: Lichen Hikin’ with a Fun-gi. Botanist John Villella and the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a 10 a.m. hike on Upper Table Rock to observe lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae. March is prime time for ephemeral bryophytes and terrestrial algae associated with the vernal pools on the top of the rock. There’s also a chance to observe early flowering wildflowers. Space is limited to 20 people. Call 541-618-2200 to register. Hikes are 3-5 miles roundtrip along a moderate grade trail and generally last 3 to 5 hours. Bring water and lunch or a snack. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. No dogs, mountain bikes or OHVs are allowed on the trail. See more at http://nature.org/trhikes
Saturday, March 26: Nature Rocks. Celebrate spring break with a BLM environmental interpreter on a family hike to the top of Upper Table Rock. This is a general information hike suitable for the whole family. Topics will include wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history. Space is limited to 20 people. Call 541-618-2200 to register. Hikes are 3-5 miles roundtrip along a moderate grade trail and generally last 3 to 5 hours. Bring water and lunch or a snack. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. No dogs, mountain bikes or OHVs are allowed on the trail. See more at http://nature.org/trhikes
Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society
Thursday, March 17: Gabe Howe, founder and executive director of the Siskiyou Mountain Club, will discuss Kalmiopsis leachiana, a rare flowering shrub, and the role Lilla Leach played in the history of Southwest Oregon's largest federal wilderness. Howe will also present a visual tour through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness (post-Biscuit fire). Since 2010, the nonprofit Siskiyou Mountain Club has been dedicated to restoring, maintaining and promoting primitive trails in the Siskiyou backcountry. Refreshments will be available at 6:45 p.m. The meeting and program begin at 7 p.m. in the Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Saturday, April 9: Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside wildflower hike. The wayside provides a great opportunity for folks to come out and enjoy the spring wildflowers no matter what your plant identification skill level might be. This is a short hike on rocky, but relatively level ground, with many wildflowers, many of them rare or of limited range. A portion of the hike will be along a wheelchair accessible path. Bring water, and bring lunch if you want. There’s a picnic table overlooking Rough & Ready Creek. Meet at the parking area at Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside south of Cave Junction on Highway 199 at mile marker 34. For information, call Suzanne at 541-291-8860.
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Saturday, March 19: The meadows will be bright green and the wildflowers should be popping for SUTA's next trail work party starting at the Little Applegate Trailhead. The session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and SUTA will provide lunch. Participants should meet at Buncom, corner of Little Applegate Road and Sterling Creek Road, to carpool to the Little Applegate Trailhead on Little Applegate Road. For detailed driving directions, see www.sutaoregon.org. Volunteers will do brushing and tread work along the access trail and the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. The group will go about halfway to Tunnel Ridge, then turn around and head back to the Little Applegate Trailhead for lunch, about a six-mile hike. If you have them, bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber or sturdy shovel. Bring water and whatever special snacks you like. SUTA will supply additional trail tools and home-baked snacks, as well as lunch. If you plan to attend, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers can plan the work party and food.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, March 19: A 10K walk in Ashland has a 5K option. Walkers will meet in the old Safeway parking lot at Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, March 19: The annual 5-mile run/walk begins at 9 a.m. on the Crater High School track and goes onto the new, extended Bear Creek Greenway. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Work Party Jacksonville Woodlands
Saturday, March 19: Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. to noon to help remove invasive English ivy from the Jacksonville Woodlands. The goal is to save trees from death-by-ivy and protect woodland flowers and shrubs. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot on Jackson Creek just outside of Jacksonville; snacks and gloves will be supplied. You can come for the whole time or for an hour. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants and closed-toed shoes, preferably waterproof boots, and bring water. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. To get there, from the intersection of Oregon and California streets head west on Highway 238 about 0.8 miles past Pair-A-Dice Road to the Jackson Creek parking lot on the left. The parking lot is opposite Reservoir Road. For more information, call Kristi at 541-482-3069. For more information, see www.landconserve.org/content/volunteer-event-english-ivy-pull.
Muddy Boot 3D Archery Shoot
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: The sixth annual event will be held at Beekman Ridge Archery Range near Butte Falls. Cost is $20 for one day or $35 for two. Family rates are offered, and kids younger than 12 shoot free. Scorecards must be in by 3 p.m. Sunday to qualify. No range finders allowed. Food on site. Fee dry camping and fishing. Call 541-951-5581 for more information.
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 10:30 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 Bob MacCracken 425-512-3829.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 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 John Bullock at 541-488-7962.