Get Out: Friday, May 27
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Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
These free hikes may fill quickly, but SOLC encourages people to get on the waiting list, because cancellations are common. A reminder will be emailed one week prior to the hike. To register, go to landconserve.org. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
Thursday, June 9: Siskiyou Summit flowers, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. View the wildflowers along the Pacific Crest Trail with botanist Kristi Mergenthaler at Sky King Cole, a conserved private property near Pilot Rock. The rare Greene’s mariposa lily may be in bloom.
Saturday, June 11: Cathedral Hills, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead an exploration of Cathedral Hills, a BLM natural area with public trails outside of Grants Pass.
Saturday, June 18: Dragonflies at Rogue River Preserve, noon to 4 p.m. Help us add to our dragonfly list while learning about dragonfly biology on a property on the Rogue. This outing will be led by naturalists Norm Barrett, Jim Livaudais and Gary Schaffer, who are also talented birders and photographers.
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
Saturday, May 28: National Park Service research ecologist Dennis Odion will lead a shuttled, top-to-bottom hike from the Pacific Crest Trail down Greensprings Mountain’s west ridge toward Buck Point into the Sampson Creek Preserve. This moderate, two-mile hike is mostly downhill (some steep) and cross-country. Finish at Soda Creek on Highway 66. Email email@example.com to sign up, learn 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland, and get more info.
Sunday, June 12: Southern Oregon University biologist Michael Parker will lead a scramble up Vulture Rock, elevation 6,054 feet, above the Pacific Crest Trail near Griffin Pass and Big Springs for views of Johnson Prairie, Surveyor Mountain, the upper Jenny Creek watershed, big volcanoes north and south — and a lot more. This two-to-three mile, moderate, round-trip circle route includes some off-trail hiking, rock hopping and a very few easy hands-and-feet climbing moves at the top. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, learn 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland, and get more info.
Saturday, June 18: Botanist John Villella will lead a top-to-bottom, shuttled hike to explore the east end of Grizzly Peak Preserve, from a starting point at 4,600 feet, below BLM’s Grizzly Peak trailhead, to near Dead Indian Memorial Road at 2,800 feet. This moderate, 3- to 4-mile, mostly downhill route (some off-trail) descends from conifer forest through oak savannah. Not otherwise open to the public, this is a hike rarely taken. Email Alison Kling at email@example.com to sign up, learn the 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland, and get more info.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, May 28: 10K on the Rogue River pathway. A 5K option is available. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Gold Hill post office on Second Street. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevallelywalkers.com.
Gold Dust Run
Saturday, June 4: The annual 5K and 10K runs, part of the Gold Dust Days event, start at Del Rio Vineyards in Gold Hill. The 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. and the 10K starts at 8 a.m. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Fly casting at Hedrick Middle School
Mondays: Otis Swisher and John MacDiarmid of the Rogue Fly Fishers will teach people how to cast with a fly rod Mondays through Sept. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hedrick Middle School, 1501 E. Jackson St., Medford. Both beginners and seasoned casters who want to practice are welcome. Free. No casting on rain days or holidays.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sunday, Wednesday and Friday: Trained naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation lead easy, 90-minute nature walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The free walks touch on trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and history of the park. Meet at the park entrance across from the Plaza in Ashland. No reservations required.
Siskiyou Summit work party
Wednesday, June 8: Help protect the biodiversity of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on the privately protected Sky King Cole property by removing yellow starthistle along Pilot Rock Road. A short wildflower hike will be offered during the work party. The group will be joined by members of a NCCC AmeriCorps crew. A carpool from the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy office at 84 Fourth St., Ashland, will leave at 9 a.m. Bring snacks, water and your favorite gloves. For more info, email Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-482-3069.
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.