Get Out: Friday, May 12
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Table Rocks guided hikes
The Nature Conservancy and BLM sponsor free hikes during weekends in April and May. The hikes are generally limited to 20 people who preregister for the treks. Hikers meet at the Upper or Lower Table Rock trailheads for a moderate-grade hike of up to 4.5 miles round-trip that takes 3 to 5 hours. To register, go online at http://TableRockHikes2017.eventbrite.com or call BLM at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, May 13: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Archeologists Lisa Rice and Jennifer Sigler will lead a hike to explore Camp White. The trek will include visiting pillboxes and other features of the Camp White artillery range. Much of it is off-trail, so wear sturdy shoots and long pants. Limited to 15 hikers.
Saturday, May 13: 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock loop trail. Wildlife biologists Steve Godwin and Tony Kerwin will lead a night hike to look for and listen to the creatures of the night on the access trail. They will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned and screech owls. Bring flashlights and wear sturdy shoes.
Saturday, May 20: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Entomologist Bill Schaupp will explore how forest insects live, how they influence the ecosystems of the area and their relationships with tree diseases.
Sunday, May 21: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock loop trail. Entitled "Tell Me a Story," this hike for kids and adults will be led by members of the Storytelling Guild, who will tell legends and tales of Takelma Indians who once lived at the Table Rocks.
KS Wild PCT hike
Saturday, May 13: Pilot Rock and PCT hike, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This hike will follow the Pacific Crest Trail to the Pilot Rock Trail for a total of 5 easy-moderate miles. The group will see sweeping vistas of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and talk about the expansion area. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, warm layers and lunch. Sign up at kswild.org, email email@example.com, or call 541-488-5789.
Siskiyou Mountain Club volunteer outings
Volunteers have the opportunity to work with SMC field coordinator Aaron Babcock to strengthen their skills and get to know these areas better. Participants supply food, basic gear, and should be self-sufficient in backcountry settings. SMC provides transportation, tools and leadership.
Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14: Shorty Noble, Kalmiopsis Wilderness: Help finish restoring the Shorty Noble Trail, a spur that winds through a stunning old-growth forest to the sharp banks of the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21: Spend a night on the Middle Fork Rogue River in the Sky Lakes Wilderness and help with maintenance on this trail that feeds a loop we're working to restore. Lots of crosscut work. Email email@example.com for details and to sign up.
Thursday-Friday, May 25-26: Siskiyou Wilderness: Help on the East Fork Illinois and Crazy Peak trails in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest’s southern edge. Robust old growth, dreamy views and a pristine river. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
Reservations are required for SOLC's annual spring hikes. To reserve a slot or to get on a waiting list for a particular hike, as well as details on when and where to meet, see www.landconserve.org.
Saturday, May 13: Tom Atzet will lead a 10 a.m. hike into the Oredson-Todd Woods of Ashland.
Saturday, May 20: Dennis Vroman will lead a 7:30 a.m. birding hike in the Rogue River Preserve near Eagle Point.
Saturday, May 27: Naturalist Dave Garcia will lead a natural-history hike at 10 a.m. at the Rogue River Preserve.
Rogue River Preserve Stewardship Day
Saturday, May 13: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy will hold a work party at the Rogue River Preserve from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will focus on removing Scotch broom with weed wrenches, followed by lunch along the river. Bring a bag lunch and gloves. SOLC will provide snacks, drinks, tools and gloves for those who don’t have their own. For more details and to register, see landconserve.org or call 541-482-3069.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Friday-Saturday, May 13-14: Fourth biennial Rogue Valley Riches weekend of walks in the Lost Creek Lake area include seven walks featuring a wide range of experiences. From strolling through residential areas, following forest trails, hiking along rushing rivers, to observing the valley from impressive heights, the walks can give you a varied taste of what our area has to offer. The event center is the conference room of Edgewater Inn, 7800 Rogue River Drive, Shady Cove. All walks are open to everyone. For times and other information, see roguevalleywalkers.com or call call 541-582-2607.
Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 17: The Siskiyou Velo club will host the annual Ride of Silence bicycle ride at 7 p.m. starting from Hawthorne Park in Medford, and rolling through Medford streets to Central Point and returning on the Bear Creek Greenway. The ride, supported by the Medford and Central Point police departments, commemorates bicyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. The ride is open to people of all ages and is intended to raise awareness among motorists of cyclists using the roadways. For information, see www.siskiyouvelo.org/news/ride-of-silence/
Native Plant Society events
Wednesday, May 17: Walking tour from 4 to 6 p.m. of Whetstone Savanna and the nearby ODOT mitigation restoration project through vernal pools, oak woodlands and prairie with Keith Perchemlides, field ecologist with the Nature Conservancy. Meet at Whetstone Preserve: From Table Rock Road, take Gibbon to the stop sign and turn right on Downing, continue past the sharp left curve where it changes to Newland Road Go a half mile and look for the gate on the left side of road where cars will be parked. For more information, call Julie Spelletich at 541 951-1744 or email email@example.com
Thursday, May 18: Educator Ginny Maffitt will discuss native plants used by the Kalapuyas of northwestern Oregon. Dried plant samples will be displayed. Ginny has been the acting volunteer botanist at the Tualatin River National and Wapato Lake Wildlife Refuges. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Alexis at 860-878-2049.
Saturday, May 20: Steve Siewert from Plant Oregon will give a tour from 9 to 11 a.m. of the 40-acre nursery that specializes in native and PNW-adapted trees, shrubs and plants. Meet at the nursery parking lot, 8677 Wagner Creek Road, Talent. For more information, call Julie Spelletich at 541-951-1744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hike and learn
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27: The Science of Sketching Clouds: Hiking and sketching along the Pacific Crest Trail south of Hobart Bluff, with artist Sarah F. Burns. Hike and Learn events include a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert. For more information about timing, directions and to register, see http://cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com/
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at email@example.com.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.