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Get Out: Jan. 8, 2009

Sierra Club Hikes

Saturday: Collings Mountain Loop, 10 miles, difficult. Call Peter Grant for details, 951-9139.

Jan. 17: Oredson-Todd Woodlands, six to seven miles, moderate difficulty. Call Carol Walker, 488-8517 or Carol Ingelson, 245-6380 for details.

Jan. 24: Union Creek to Union Creek Falls, eight miles, moderate difficulty. Call George Lescher for details, 482-4477.

Feb. 7: Bull Gap-Mount Ashland snowshoe, six miles, moderate difficulty. Call George Lescher for details, 482-4477.

Feb. 8: Chinquapin Mountain snowshoe, five miles, moderate difficulty. Call Cathy Edwards for details, 210-0204.

Feb. 21: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, 15 miles, strenuous. Call Peter Grant for details, 951-9139.

Feb. 28: Hobart Bluff snowshoe, seven miles, moderate to difficult. Call Cathy Edwards for details, 210-0204.

Crater Lake Snowshoe Hikes

Free, ranger-guided snowshoe hikes continue every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. through April. The hikes cover a mile of moderately difficult terrain through forests, meadows and along the crater's rim, and last for about 90 minutes. Participants should be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on the tours is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 541-594-3100 for information or to sign up. School groups, outdoor clubs and other groups of 10 or more people can arrange for special tours by calling 541-594-3093. The park does not charge an entrance fee in the winter. The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

KS Wild Winter Hike

Jan. 24: This low-elevation trail follows the decommissioned Sterling Mine Ditch through a diverse array of ecosystems including pine oak savannah, old growth conifer forest, white oak woodland, riparian forest and chaparral. This is a moderately strenuous 5-mile hike along a mostly gentle trail with sweeping views of the Little Applegate Valley and the Siskiyou Crest. Meet at 10 a.m. at Evo's Cafe across from the Public Library in Ashland and at 10:30 a.m. at the Country Store in Ruch and carpool from there to the trailhead. We will hike in a light rain, but will cancel for severe weather. RSVP to laurel@kswild.org or call the Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center at 488-5789.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Saturday-Sunday: Annual Mount Shasta Cross Country Ski weekend. Ski groomed trails and socialize with like-minded companions at the nearby town of Mt. Shasta. Participants may join in Saturday's intermediate-level ski clinic at Shasta Nordic; free-ski the Shasta Nordic trails; snowshoe designated trails; or self-organize a group to try wild snow from the Bunny Flat snow park area. Participants are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Coordinators are Edgar and Karen Hee, 734-4872. Details at http://southernonc.tripod.com.

Feb. 2-6: Senior Ski Camp at Diamond Lake. Contact Stefanie Ferrara for details, 776-3987.

Cross-Country Ski Races

Sunday: Dart Biathlon, 5 km freestyle event organized by Mount Shasta Nordic Organization. See www.mtshastanordic.org/news2.htm for details.

Feb. 1: Tea Cup Classic, 15 km race with shorter distances for juniors. Organized by Teacup Chapter, Oregon Nordic Club. Contact Michele R. Miller at mrm@integraonline.com or visit www.teacupnordic.org/index.

Feb. 15: John Day Memorial Race, 20 km freestyle event and 10 km classic, with shorter junior and fun ski distances. Organized by Southern Oregon Nordic Club, http://southernonc.tripod.com/id6.html

Feb. 21 and 22: Mt. Shasta Pursuit Race. organized by Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization. Go to www.mtshastanordic.org/news2.htm for details.

Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., a group run leaves the Rogue Valley Runners store, 161 E. Main St. in downtown Ashland. All ability levels are encouraged to show. Group runs an easy/social six to seven miles on trails and roads in and around Lithia Park. Call 201-0014 with questions.

Jan. 17: Frostbite Run, 5K and 10K runs. Races start at 9 a.m. at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Avenue, Talent. Cost is $7 Southern Oregon Runners members and $9 for non-members until Jan. 11. Race-day registration, from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., add $3. Visit Southern Oregon Runners Web site at www.sorunners.org for details.

Feb. 14: Couple Truffle Shuffle, 5K Couple's Classic. Starts at 9 a.m. at Griffin Creek School, 2430 Griffin Creek Road, Medford. Day of race registration at Griffin Creek School 8-8:45 a.m. Entry fee $8 solo, $12 couple. Race director: Susan Holt, 857-8002.

A group of Grants Pass cyclists who call themselves "Almost Over The Hill" meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, as well as at noon on Wednesday, to ride in the Grants Pass area. They leave from the Spin Cycle Shop parking lot between 6th and 7th just south of D Street. For more information, call Fred at 541-474-4447.

Mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that leaves from their shop in Grants Pass at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 1448 Williams Hwy. Contact: Richard Amneus, 541-476-4935, bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

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 supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact: Jana Jenson, 899-9190, cyclea@internetcds.com. More information at Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association Web site, www.somba.org.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves from their shop, 1448 Williams Hwy., at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus, 476-4935 or bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport's crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time pressed or gravity challenged. Singletrack descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935, unoveloce@hotmail.com.

Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding before they have to open up. Contact Don or Shawn, 541-471-3494.

Every Sunday, SOMBA Show & Go Rides, Ashland. Meet at the Lithia Park band shell parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Ride route and intensity are determined by who shows and goes. Contact Lisa with questions, 201-0933, bach@mind.net.

Siskiyou Velo Club

Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes, 857-0819, covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 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 Glen Gann, 779-6986.

Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 10:30 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 Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

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

Saturday: Tenth annual Dipper Walk. Rain, snow or sun, Rogue Valley Audubon Society will walk along Ashland Creek in search of the often-ignored American dipper, a grey bird that lives along creeks from Alaska to Mexico. Walk will start at the water fountain by the plaza at 9 a.m. Group will divide in two and walk up both sides of the creek, meeting on each bridge to compare notes. Early birds will meet for breakfast at Brothers Restaurant north of the plaza on Main Street. Leader is Bob Quaccia, 482-1142.

Jan. 17: Help count the birds that visit the feeders at Ashland's North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with the help of experienced Audubon birders. The information that is gathered will be submitted to Cornell University's Project FeederWatch database, a continent-wide citizen-science effort. The program runs alternate Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. through March. Free.

Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m. to noon: Rogue Valley Audubon Society bird walk along the Bear Creek Greenway from Talent to Ashland. Meet at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent just west of I-5 exit 21. Ideal walk for beginners and families, along a level, paved trail. Leader is Pepper Trail, 492-9594.

Jan. 18, 8 a.m. to noon: Rogue Valley Audubon Society bird walk on Ashland portion of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street. Walk leader is Harry Fuller, 488-8077.

Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Jefferson Nature Center bird walk led by Judd and Gaylene Hurley. Meet at JNC behind the Harry & David ball fields. Contact Judd for information, 621-3918.

Feb. 4, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Rogue Valley Audubon Society bird walk on Central Point Greenway. Meet at the gravel lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street. Leader Denny Niebuhr, 482-6589 or rogueden@ashlandhome.net.

Jan. 15: Matthew Todd will discuss "Vegetation Change in the Siskiyous: Revisiting Whittaker" at the January meeting of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in Room 171 of the Southern Oregon University Science Building. Todd will also describe how some of the updates of Whittaker's 1950s studies are being incorporated into a high school biology curriculum. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler, 541-535-3659, for more information.