Get Out: Friday, June 10
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Hike and learn: Conifers of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Friday-Saturday, June 10-11: A Friday talk and a Saturday hike will provide the opportunity to learn about the diverse forest community of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Botanist Doug Kendig will give a talk at 6 p.m. Friday at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. On Saturday at 8:15 a.m., Kendig will lead three short hikes of 1-2 miles or less to identify various conifers. For information and to register, see http://csnmhikeandlearn.eventbrite.com
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. To register, go to landconserve.org. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, learn the 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland, and get more info.
Saturday, June 25: Jay Lininger, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, will lead a hike to explore the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves, meadows and rim above Sampson Creek near Round Mountain in the Greensprings Mountain wild area. This is a special place. About three miles of moderate off-trail hiking. Email Alison Kling at email@example.com to sign up, learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland, and get more information.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 11: 10K in Jacksonville. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the public parking lot on D Street. A 5K option is available. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevallelywalkers.com.
Saturday, June 25: The group will combine the city of Rogue River’s Rooster Crow Weekend with a 10K walk. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevallelywalkers.com.
Land Conservation in Southwest Oregon
Tuesday, June 14: At 6:30 p.m., Kristi Mergenthaler, stewardship director, will provide an overview of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s work protecting low-elevation farms, streamside forests, rare plants and special places important to the community by working cooperatively with landowners. She will discuss upcoming conservation opportunities, including a property on the Rogue River outside of Eagle Point, a pristine, low-elevation valley owned by the Department of State Lands near Woodcock Mountain outside of Cave Junction, and a special grassland in the Cascade foothills. The talk will be at Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. For information, call 541-482-3069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacksonville Forest Park guided hikes
Monday, June 20: Jacksonville Parks and Recreation offers free, guided hikes in Forest Park every third Monday through September. Meet at P1, the first parking lot one mile up Reservoir Road, which is a right turn off Highway 238 when heading from Jacksonville. When hikers arive at P1, they'll get directions to the specific parking area and trailhead. The first hike will start will a moderate uphill mile on Twin Peaks Trail to a shaded, then onto a rolling trail past an old mine site. The final downhill mile meanders along a mossy creek. The hike is about 4½ miles long, so plan to be on the trails at least 2½ hours. Bring water and a light snack. Email Kandee McClain at email@example.com for more information.
Fly casting at Hedrick Middle School
Through Sept. 26: Otis Swisher and John MacDiarmid of the Rogue Fly Fishers will teach people how to cast with a fly rod Mondays 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
Through September: Each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m., trained naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead an easy 90-minute nature walk through Lithia Park, 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 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.