Get Out: Friday, May 19
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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 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.
Native Plant Society events
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 email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Thursday-Friday, May 25-26: Siskiyou Wilderness: Help Aaron 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 email@example.com 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 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.
Saturday, June 10: At 10 a.m., Tom Atzet will lead a visit to Indian Mary Park and nearby Hellgate Canyon along the middle Rogue River near Merlin.
KS Wild hike
Saturday, May 27: Illinois Valley Wildflower Hike, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This easy hike near the Illinois River will focus on finding and identifying wildflowers found on serpentine soils. Bring lunch, water and wildflower identification books. Sign up at kswild.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-488-5789.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, May 27: 10K walk in Old Medford. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Food 4 Less parking lot, near the Quality Inn on Biddle Road. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
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/
National Trails Day event
Saturday, June 3: The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association has started working on the Jack-Ash Trail. SUTA invites people to see what they have accomplished and help put finishing touches to the trail from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The group will be working on the top section of the trail on Anderson Butte, trimming and sawing branches and doing some raking. The plan is to hike 2.7 miles up the trail, working as they go, and then have lunch at a spot with a view — about a 5-mile round-trip hike. SUTA will provide home-baked treats and lunch. Meet at the end of the paved portion of Anderson Butte Road (about 5 miles uphill from the intersection of Griffin Creek Road and Griffin Lane). Hikers will carpool one mile to the trail from there. If you plan to attend, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers can plan the work party and food.
Rogue Riverkeeper hike
Sunday, June 4: 3.5-mile hike along the upper Rogue River from Natural Bridge Viewpoint parking lot to Woodruff Bridge picnic area. It will require a short shuttle back to the starting point at the end of the hike. At Natural Bridge, hikers will see the river enter a maze of lava tubes and then walk the trail along the river through timber and scrub and see the pools and drops as well as a rapid known as Knob Falls. Bring food/water, binoculars if birding, and dress for changing weather. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/upper-rogue-hike-2-natural-bridge-to-woodruff-bridge-tickets-33470136078 A Medford carpool will meet at 9 a.m. at the north Fred Meyer parking lot near Bear Creek Lock & Safe kiosk. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Natural Bridge viewing parking lot at end of spur road off, USFS Road 300. For more info, email email@example.com or call 541-488-9831.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.