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Get Out: March 6, 2008

Crater Lake Snowshoe Hikes

Every weekend: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park guide free, 1-mile snowshoe walks through forests and meadows and along the crater's rim. Participants on the 90-minute walk hear how plants, animals and the lake are affected by winter weather. Begins at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April. Walks cover moderately strenuous terrain at an elevation of about 7,100 feet.

Snowshoes are provided free of charge, or visitors can bring their own. No previous snowshoeing experience needed. Participants should bring warm clothing, thick socks and water-resistant footwear. The hike is appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Advance reservations are recommended, as space on each tour is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 594-3100. Group tours on weekdays or weekends also can be arranged by calling 594-3093. There is no cost to enter the park in winter.

Sierra Club Outings

Saturday: Moderate 7-mile snowshoe to Hobart Bluff. Call Cathy Edwards for info, 210-0204.

March 15: Moderate 7-mile hike to Oredson-Todd Woods in Ashland. For info, call Carol Walker, 488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

March 22: Difficult 12-mile hike on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. Call Peter Grant for info, 951-9139.

March 28-29: Overnight Outing to Crater Lake National Park. Ski/snowshoe trip will start at the park headquarters and travel on the East Rim Road about 3 miles to Vidae Falls where the group will camp for the night. The elevation gain to Vidae Falls is about 350 feet. The next day hikers will go to Sun Notch for a view of the lake. It is 1.5 miles to Sun Notch from Vidae Falls with about 300 feet of elevation gain. The group will then head back to camp, pack up, and return to the trailhead. Those who want to stay another night can sign out and stay at Vidae Falls. The entire trip will cover about 9 miles of moderate difficulty. There is no shelter, so campers will stay in tents. Tent teams will be responsible for their own water for drinking and meals. This will require a liquid fuel stove (canister stoves will NOT suffice). If you need a winter shelter, a liquid fuel stove, or a tent partner, please contact hike leader Darrin Banner. The park limits the backcountry group size to eight people. If you are interested, contact Banner at 531-7623 or email him at darin@banneradvisors.com. For details and a map of the trip, go to http://oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/Rogue/outings.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Saturday-Sunday: Club will travel to Mount Bachelor for a weekend of skiing on beautifully groomed track; both classic and skate. With more than 56 km of track that is groomed daily, Mt. Bachelor Nordic is one of the finest XC venues on the West Coast. For back-country skiers there is every kind of terrain. For those who still need the thrill of a downhill run, the mountain is just across the parking lot. The Nordic Center, located at the trail head, has a rental operation, ski shop, ski school, a place to buy soup, sandwiches and beverages, a place to eat lunch inside when it is snowing and an outside deck for sunny days. For information, call Dave Baker at 772-1133 or 944-6145.

Saturday: Intermediate 7-mile ski tour to Cottonwood Glade. Call Rees at 482-0218.

Sunday: Intermediate, 7-mile ski tour to South Pederson. Call Kevin at 261-3547.

March 15: 30K backcountry ski tour/race in Sisters called the John Craig Mail Carry. For details go to www.tumalolanglauf.com/events/john_craig_memorial.html

March 15: Intermediate ski tour at Pederson. Call Kellie at 821-7147.

March 16: Ski tour. Intermediate, location to be determined. Call Pete at 776-7612.

March 19: Ski tour. Intermediate, location TBD. Call Doug at 772-9490.

March 22: Intermediate, 6- to 8-mile ski tour. Contact Kellie at 821-7147.

March 23: Ski tour. Call Stefanie for time and location, 776-3987.

March 29: Easy-intermediate 5-mile ski tour at Hyatt Lake. Lunch at the pizza parlor. This is a social event. Call Bobbie at 488-5003.

March 30: Novice ski tour, 4 miles to Grouse Gap Shelter. Call Will at 482-2418.

Lithia Park Nature Walks

Starting May 2, running to Sept. 28; 10-11:30 a.m.

Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, rain or shine, trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead an easy 1.5-hour nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics will include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Free. For information, call 488-5340.

Mountain bike rides

Check the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association Web site at www.somba.org.

May 3-4: Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival

Oregon's largest mountain bike event is ready to thrill and challenge racers of all ability levels. Come to Ashland for an exhilarating two days of racing and fun in the spring weather of Southern Oregon. The Spring Thaw has something for everyone. It is a great first race or a way to challenge yourself early in the season. For more information visit the Spring Thaw Web site (springthaw@somba.org), or contact Amy Warner, 541-601-9663.

Siskiyou Velo Club rides

Every Saturday, Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides: A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes, 857-0253, covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 9 a.m.

Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann, 779-6986.

Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 11 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

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

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Varied mileage and varied start times. Call ride leader Rick Berlet, 488-0036.

Saturday: Birdwalk to Denman Wildlife Refuge and TouVelle Park. Enjoy a Great Blue Heron rookery and birds of the Rogue River riparian habitat. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited. Leader: Frank Lospalluto, KBO contract biologist. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Saturday: Trip to Klamath Basin, including Miller Island, agricultural lands to the southeast, and Lower Klamath Lake Refuge. Focus is on raptors and waterfowl. Depart from Ashland Shop 'N Kart dirt parking area at 8 a.m. Arrive early enough to arrange carpooling. Those coming from Medford should meet at the ODOT rest area just north of Cross Road and Hwy 97. Ashland group will reach rest area by 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch, snacks and liquids, dress for cold weather. No dogs. More info at www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.

Project FeederWatch

March 15: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify a variety of species with the help of experienced Audubon volunteers. This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Ages: 10 and up. Time: 9-10 a.m. Location: North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. For more information, call 488-6606.

2008 Migratory Bird Day

May 10, 8 a.m.-noon: The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department, Rogue Valley Audubon Society and the Klamath Bird Observatory will celebrate Migratory Bird Day at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. This year's theme is "Tropics to Tundra." The event will offer a variety of outdoor learning activities for birders of all ages. Hourly guided walks will visit the mist netting and bird-banding station. "Bird-friendly" shade-grown coffee will be served. Wildlife Images will be bringing some wild birds of prey. Free. Call 488-6606 for information.

New Rowers Clinic

The 2008 Ashland Rowing Club's New Rowers Clinic runs three consecutive evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 22-24 in the boat house at Emigrant Lake. This is followed by three "on-the-water" rowing experiences from 10 a.m. to noon on April 26-27 and May 3. The curriculum focuses primarily on basic boat-handling skills and rowing technique. The cost for the entire clinic is $80. People ages 19-99 with no previous rowing experience are invited to attend. For more information or to pre-register for the clinic, contact Marybeth at 541-488-2360 or visit www.ashlandrowingclub.org.

Bridge the Gap Run/Walk

May 3, 8:30 a.m.: Hosted by Southern Oregon Runners, the 4th Annual Bridge the Gap Run to benefit Mobility Unlimited will be held at Railroad Park in Medford. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The run path features rolling paved trails and bridges. Four competitive heats feature both a men's and a women's 5K run, and a men's and women's 10K run. A 5K walk also will be offered with ribbons presented for all age categories. Lots of nice prizes will be available to all those who sign up and stay for the drawings immediately after the race. Forms are available at any PremierWest Bank; call 618-9468 for a form, or sign up online at www.bridgethegaprun.com

Ashland Community Bike Swap

May 10, noon-4 p.m.: If you are interested in buying a bicycle, the swap is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. If you are interested in selling your bicycle and it is in working condition, bring it to The Grove on Friday, May 9, between 6 and 8 p.m., or Saturday, May 10, between 7 and 10 a.m. Location is The Grove parking lot, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1 per person or $3 per family and includes one raffle ticket per person. Call 488-5340 for information.