Get Out: Outdoor recreation
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Tutu Todd's 10-miler
Saturday, July 2: This run is to honor the memory of Todd Ragsdale and to encourage people to run like Todd, by dressing in tutus and running Todd’s regular stomping grounds in Lithia Park. The 10-mile run will start at 9 a.m. at the Lithia Park Band Shell. Sign up at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=39192
Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show
Monday, July 4: The Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show in Ashland features more than 300 species of native flowers from the volcanic Cascades, the much older Siskiyous, and the valleys in between. Free admission. The event, coordinated by the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, across from Lithia Park. Email Sasha at email@example.com for more information.
Every Kid in a Park BioBlitz
Thursday, July 7: Fourth-graders who hold a free Every Kid in a Park pass can participate in a free BioBlitz event on Mt. Ashland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, hosted by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Medford District Bureau of Land Management, Mt. Ashland, Oregon Caves National Monument, REI Medford, and the Siskiyou Mountain Club, will focus on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. BioBlitz events bring scientists, families, students, teachers and others together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi and other organisms that live in a place. For more information, see www.mtashland.com/event/every-kid-in-a-park-bioblitz-2/?instance_id=268
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, July 9: 10K walk in Grants Pass. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street. A 5K walk is available. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevallelywalkers.com.
Elk Meadow Basin plant hike
Sunday, July 10: The Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society will lead a hike into the Elk Meadow Basin in the Cook and Green Pass Botanical Area (in the California portion of the Applegate watershed). A rendezvous and carpool will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the large public parking lot at the west end of West D Street. in Jacksonville. Folks coming from other locations can call the trip leader to arrange additional rendezvous points. The focus of the trip is the flora and a unique wetland, where the group will see Brewer’s spruce, Baker’s cypress, azaleas, Wiggins’ lily, California ladyslipper orchids, Newberry’s gentian, Klamath Mountain serpentine endemics and more. Expect cross-country hiking with lots of elevation gain and loss, but not too brushy. Plan on a long day. Call trip leader Wayne Rolle at 541-482-0093 for more information.
KS Wild 'hike and write'
Thursday, July 14: KS Wild and Squawking Hawk Acres will team up to offer a special Hike and Write evening to celebrate the beauty of the Klamath-Siskiyou region. A guided hike along the Rogue River will be led by Jeanine Moy of KS Wild, along with a facilitated writing session with Elizabeth Tobey of Squawking Hawk Acres. Dress for being outdoors, wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle, notebook and fast-writing pens. Snacks and drinks will be provided by the hosts. A carpool will leave from Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 4 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. Sign up at http://kswild.org
Poison Meadows hike
Saturday, July 30: Poison Meadows is a meadow complex on the western boundary of Crater Lake National Park. Jennifer Beck, Crater Lake National Park botanist, will lead a moderate, off-trail hike on rolling terrain through forest stands and meadows to see a variety of plants, including Mt. Mazama, leather grape-fern and mountain owl clover. Bring lunch, water, hat and sunscreen. Meet at 10 a.m. at the junction of Deer Creek Road (NF 6260) and Highway 62 (just east of the junction of Highways 62 and 230). The dirt-road drive to the hiking spot is 30-45 minutes. Coordinated by the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society. For details, contact Julie Spelletich at 541 951-1744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.