Get Out calendar: Friday, Dec. 27
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Crater Lake guided snowshoe walks
Through April 28: Guided snowshoe hikes at Crater Lake National Park take place Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through April — and daily through Jan. 6, except Christmas. Snowshoes are provided free. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. The walks start at 1 p.m., last 2 hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles. Space on each tour is limited; advance reservations are required. There is no cost for the walk, but the park charges a $15 entrance fee per car. Participants must be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. For more information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Winter Whale Watch Week
Through Tuesday, Dec. 31: As many as 25,000 gray whales are expected to swim past Oregon’s shores this month during their annual southern migration to Mexico, and 24 locations along the coast will be staffed with volunteers to help visitors spot the giant mammals through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions. South coast sites include Harris Beach State Park and Cape Ferrelo. See https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_whaleWatching for more information and a complete list of whale-watching sites.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Dec. 28: 10K walk in Grants Pass. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of The Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 1: 10K walk in the city of Rogue River. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road in Rogue River. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
First Day hikes
Wednesday, Jan. 1: Oregon Parks and Recreation will offer free, guided First Day Hikes — and a couple of bike rides — at Valley of the Rogue State Park and Touvelle State Recreation Area. An easy 1-mile hike starts at the Valley of the Rogue amphitheater at 1 p.m. Two bike rides also start at 1 p.m. An easy 5-mile ride starts at the Rogue River bridge in the city of Rogue River. The ride will follow the river for 2.5 miles to Valley of the Rogue, where treats will be served fireside, then back. An easy nine-mile ride will start at the parking lot across from Del Rio Vineyards and go 4.5 miles to the Valley of the Rogue, where treats will be served fireside, and back. At 11 a.m., an easy one-mile hike at TouVelle will follow the loop trail, and participants will learn about the history and geology of the area, including Table Rock. Dogs permitted on a six-foot leash. For details, call 541-582-1118,
First-Wednesday bird walk
Wednesday, Jan. 1: Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds 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 an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/.
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 Mello 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: Coffee Ride starts at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and covers 25-30 miles at a moderate to brisk pace; flat. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.