Get Out: Friday, June 16
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Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
Saturday, June 17: Botanist and former SOU professor Steve Jessup will lead a hike around Canyon Ridge east of Ashland. This moderate-to-difficult and mostly off-trail hike covers about 4 miles through mixed-conifer and oak-savannah areas. To sign up, email Alison Kling at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 24: Ecologist Jay Lininger will lead a hike exploring the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves, which includes views of the upper Bear Creek Valley from the rim above Sampson Creek. All 3 miles of hiking will be off-trail and is rated moderate or easy. To sign up, email Alison Kling at email@example.com. Meet at 9 a.m.
Sunday, July 2: Ornithologist Pepper Trail will lead a scramble up Vulture Rock above the Pacific Crest Trail for views of, among others, Johnson Prairie and the upper Jenny Creek watershed. The 3-mile round trip includes some off-trail hiking, rock-hopping and a scramble to the top, though it is listed as easy to moderate but might not be for those afraid of heights. To sign up, email Trail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 9: Botanist Kristi Merganthaler will lead a 5-mile flower hike to the top of Grizzly Peak east of Ashland, traversing forests and meadow landscapes as well as some post-fire habitat. To sign up, email Mergenthaler at email@example.com. Meet at 8:30 a.m.
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, June 17: Karen Hussey will lead an 8:30 a.m. hike to the Rogue River Preserve, where participants will get uninterrupted quiet time alone on the property.
Saturday, June 24: Naturalists Norm Barrett, Gary Schaffer and Jim Livaudais will lead a noon hike to explore dragonflies at the Rogue River Preserve.
Sunday, June 25: Kathleen Donham and Linda Kappen will lead a 10 a.m. hike into private lands adjacent to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, where participants will learn how to safely catch, identify and release butterflies.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 24: The group will walk in Rogue River and then watch their Rooster Crow Parade. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hike and learn
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17: Northern California wildflowers: Hiking lower Jenny Creek near Horseshoe Wilderness Management Area with botanist Sheri Hagwood. Hike and Learn events include a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert. This talk will take place in Yreka, California. For more information about timing, directions and to register, see http://cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com/
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15: Scenic Vistas of the Monument Expansion: Hiking Vulture Rock and Surveyor Mountain with biologist Michael Parker. 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/
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 25-26: Pyrodiversity Begets Biodiversity: Hiking Grizzly Peak with ecologist Dennis Odion. 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/
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23: Who lives in the creek? Hike Jenny Creek in the Box O Ranch area with aquatic ecologist Chris Volpe and hydrologist Tim Montfort. 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/
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7: Hiking through History: Exploring the History of the Applegate Trail with archaeologist and historian Jeff LaLande. 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/
Introduction to Bumble Bees
Wednesday, June 21: This field workshop, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Ashland, will provide an overview of bumble bee biology and basic identification taught by Pepper Trail of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society, Kristi Mergenthaler of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society and bumble bee expert Gaby Chavarria. Free, but registration is limited. Register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Location is North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave.
Women's Lightweight Backpacking Basics
Wednesday, June 28: An REI backpacking expert will provide tips on lightweight backpacking techniques in this free, all-women course. Included are shelters, backpacks, food choices and fuel efficiency. The talk will run from 6:30-8 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford.
Talk: Peak Bagging in the Klamath-Siskiyous
Thursday, June 29: Jeanine Moy, outreach director at KS Wild, will talk about "peak bagging," an activity in which people hike and climb to reach the summits of a collection of peaks, usually throughout a particular region. The talk, at 8:30 p.m. at the GEOS Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland, will focus on the rugged Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon and Northern California, the empowerment of outdoor women, and the cool plants and ecology of these alpine places.
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.