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Get Out: November 8, 2007

Sierra Club Outings

Saturday: Twelve or more strenuous miles on the Mule Creek/Mule Mountain Loop. For info, call Peter at 951-9139

Sunday: Eight-mile moderate hike on Soda Mountain toward Pilot Rock. Possible snowshoe hike depending on weather. Call Cathy at 210-0204.

Nov. 17: Moderate 7- to 8-mile hike in the Ashland Woodlands area. Call Carol for info, 488-8517. Carol Ingelson 245-6380.

Dec. 1: A moderate hike will be announced. For information, call 488-8517 or 245-6380.

Dec. 7-8: A ski/snowshoe trip into the Grouse Gap shelter near Mount Ashland is planned. The group will stay overnight at the shelter. Those wishing to gain winter camping experience can bring a tent. At the shelter, there will be a clinic on treating cold-weather injuries and illness in the backcountry. The next day, participants will ski/snowshoe up to the summit of Mount Ashland. On the way, they will discuss techniques for tracking and identifying animals in the snow. Lunch will be at the summit and then return to the trailhead. Call 531-7623 for more information.

Siskiyou Project Fall Hikes

Siskiyou Project offers hikes into the magnificent Siskiyou Wild Rivers area. The hikes are led by Siskiyou Project staff and volunteer experts. All hikes are free. For more information or to learn how to help safeguard the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area, call the Siskiyou Project at 592-4459 or 476-6648; visit www.siskiyou.org; or e-mail project@siskiyou.org. Their address is 9335 Takilma Road, Cave Junction.

Illinois River Valley Salmon Viewing Hike: Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Meet at Illinois Valley Visitor's Center.

Led by Siskiyou Project ecologist Rich Nawa, hikers will carpool to nearby Forks State Park to see spawning salmon, then travel to Little Falls on the Illinois River near Kerby. The hike to Forks Park is about one mile total on level ground.

The quarter-mile hike to Little Falls has 100 feet of steep, rocky terrain near the falls. Illinois Valley Visitor's Center: In Cave Junction heading south, turn left onto Cave's Highway at the Chevron Gas Station. The visitor's center is a few blocks on your right.

Nov. 24: A hike to explore the forest for medicinal mushrooms. The group will meet 10 a.m. at the O'Brien store. Join Siskiyou Project & Mycospa as the group explores the latest cutting-edge science and the ancient secrets of the Kingdom of Fungi. Participants will enjoy an easy to moderate walk through some of the last remaining pristine forests of the Illinois Valley. Call Eric Cerecedes at 596-2602.

Rides every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments. Helmets are required. For more information, e-mail Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association, infor@somba.org or check somba.org.

Every Saturday: A mellow ride of 20-plus miles begins at 10 a.m. at Bear Creek Park in Medford. Twenty-plus miles. Rider leader is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289.

Every Sunday: A valley training ride begins at 8:30 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Rider leader is Glenn Gann: 779-6986.

Every Monday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Southern Oregon Outlaw Cyclocross Series

Cycle Analysis is more than halfway through its annual Cyclocross series to benefit Josephine County Search and Rescue in memory of Nicholas J. Jensen. Remaining race dates are Saturday and Nov. 17 at Emigrant Lake. All races begin at 10 a.m. for novice riders and 11 a.m. for experienced riders. Call 899-9190 for info.

The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop are sponsoring free bird walks around the Rogue Valley on the first Saturday of every month. The walks are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory. Call 482-3241 for information.

Get Out: November 8, 2007