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Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 17: 10K walk in Jacksonville, and stay to celebrate Chinese New Year. Meet in the public parking lot on D Street, across from the Jacksonville library. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see
Women's Backpacking Basics
Wednesday, Feb. 21: Want to take your day hikes overnight? Connect with other female hikers and REI to get an overview of backpacking planning, preparation and gear in this free women's class that runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For details, see the events calendar at www.rei.com.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Learn the basics of what you need to know to get started on your thru-hike, from the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail to the Appalachian Trail. This free, in-store class, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will give you a solid foundation on planning everything from a short hike to a long backpacking trip. For details, see the events calendar at www.rei.com.
Rogue River Half Marathon
Saturday, Feb. 24: The annual half-marathon starts at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River, and a 5K starts at 10:30. For details, see the race calendar at
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Saturday, Feb. 24: The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association will work on the section from the Little Applegate Trailhead toward the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead. This will be an out-and-back hike of about four to five miles. Meet at Buncom (corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road) at 8:30 a.m. The group will carpool/caravan to the Little Applegate Trailhead. SUTA will provide lunch. Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers and bring gloves. Bring water and whatever snacks you like. If you have them, please bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber, rake or sturdy shovel. If you plan to help, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food.
Table Rocks hikes
Three guided hikes will be offered in February and March as a prelude to the annual spring hike series in April and May. All hikes are free, but reservations are required. Information and online reservations are available at https://TableRockHikes2018.eventbrite.com. For information, call the Medford District BLM at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, Feb. 24: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock - Learn about the role water plays on the Table Rocks with Michael Parker, SOU Biology Department chair and aquatic ecologist, Robert Coffan, hydrologist/hydrogeologist, and Molly Morison, The Nature Conservancy’s SW Oregon preserves manager. This hike will look at how water has shaped the Table Rocks and how it supports the unique seasonal and quick-changing nature of the vernal pools found on top of the rocks. Hikers will observe small invertebrates and plants in the vernal pools, as well as try to spot the tiny vernal pool fairy shrimp, a federally threatened species.
Saturday, March 3: 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock - Observe lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae with botanist John Villella and members of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Some lichen highlights include variant forms of Xanthoparmelia and Dermatocarpon, and local rarities such as Parmelina and Peltula. There’s also a chance to discover early-blooming wildflowers.
Saturday, March 24: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock - Molly Allen, BLM environmental education specialist will lead a general information hike to the top of the rock that’s suitable for the whole family. This hike is an introduction to wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology, and cultural history at the Upper Table Rock.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, March 7: RVAS will now hold its first-Wednesday bird walks at Denman Wildlife Area. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. Species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase a ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see
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 Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
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.