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Get Out: May 28, 2009

Sierra Club hikes

Saturday: Strenuous, 13-mile hike, Tanner Lakes to Sucker Creek. Hike leader is George Lescher; call 482-4477.

June 6: Easy to moderate, four-mile hike to Rount Mountain. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards; call 210-0204.

June 13: Very strenuous, 15.5-mile hike, Muir Creek to Buck Canyon to Alkali Meadows. Leader is George Lescher; call 482-4477.

June 20: Wildflower hike around Grouse Gap, seven miles, moderate. Leaders are Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

July 24-27: Backpacking trip in the Sky High Valley in the Marble Mountains. For trip details, visit www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/rogue/outings.asp

June 26-28: Backpacking trip on the Frog Pond Loop in the Red Buttes Wilderness. For trip details, visit www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/rogue/outings.asp

June 27: Family and friendly-dog hike. Union Creek, 4.4 miles, easy. For ages 7 and up. Bring your children and friendly dogs. Call Darin Banner at 531-7623.

Siskiyou Crest, Red Mountain and the PCT

June 13: Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center trip on the Siskiyou Crest, Red Mountain and the Pacific Crest Trail. When the valleys start to feel the heat of summer, spring is just starting its show on the Siskiyou Crest. This is a walk through rare wildflowers, unusual geology and fantastic views in every direction. Meet at 10 a.m. at Evo's Cafe across from the library in Ashland and carpool from there to the trailhead. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them. Group will hike in a light rain, but will cancel for severe weather. RSVP to laurel@kswild.org or call the KS Wild office at 488-5789.

Pompadour Half Marathon

Saturday: The race begins at 9 a.m. at Ashland's North Mountain Park. Participants can register in person at Rogue Valley Runners by May 29 or mail entries to RVR by May 24. Packet pick-up will be held at RVR, 161 E. Main St., on Friday May 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Race day check-in is 7:45-8:45 a.m. at North Mountain Park. Cost is $30 before May 29. Race-day entry fee is $35. For details call 201-0014, or go to roguevalleyrunners.com.

Gold Dust Days

June 6: The 7th annual race features a new half-marathon event this year. All races start at 8 a.m., including a 5K out-and-back, a 10K loop and a half-marathon loop. The start is at Gold Hill city center by the library. Cost is $15 for the 5K and 10K by May 29, $18 day of race. The half marathon is $20 pre-registered, $23 on race day. Packet pick-up is race day at the starting area from 6:45-7:45 a.m. If you want to volunteer, call JJ Moses at 541-855-7263. For registration form and details, go to www.sorunners.org.

Granite Man Endurance Weekend

June 6-7: The Granite Man Triathlon has turned into a whole new animal this year, growing to two days of challenging events. Saturday will host a tough 11-mile mountain run and, new this year, a 30K trail run and 60K ultra run. Sunday will be the off-road triathlon, duathlon and 30K mountain bike races. For times, entry fees, registration deadlines and other details, go to the Granite Man Web site at www.roguemultisport.com.

Lake of the Woods Races 2009

June 6: Sky Lakes Medical Center is sponsoring two adult races at Lake of the Woods, a 15K (9.3 miles) and a 2-mile run/walk, plus a half-mile Children's Dash. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. The events start and end at the Lake of the Woods Resort just off Highway 140. Runners in the 15K will make a circuit around the lake on paved highways. The 2-mile event is an out-and-back course on paved roads. The entry fee is $15, or $22 with a T-shirt. Entry deadline is May 27. Add $2 for race-day registration. Race forms are available at www.skylakes.org. For details call 541-882-6311, ext. 4768 or e-mail spalcovich@skylakes.org.

Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs, 50K and 15K

July 11: Registration is open for the 11th annual Siskiyou Outback trail runs. The two races start at the Mt. Ashland Lodge and follow the Pacific Crest Trail west. Proceeds go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Visit www.siskiyououtback.com for information and registration. Register early as both events are expected to fill again in 2009.

Crater Lake Rim Runs

Aug 8: Registrations for this year's marathon, half-marathon and 6.7-mile race are running about two weeks ahead of last year's pace. Runners from 16 countries and Canada have already registered. To register, go to www.craterlakerimruns.com.

Saturday: Mellow, 20-mile mountain bike ride on the Lost Creek Lake Loop, 9 a.m. Meet at 2490 Crater Lake Highway in Medford. Contact is Matt Varnum, 301-6880. See www.siskiyouvelo.org.

Mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail 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 at 899-9190, or e-mail cyclea@internetcds.com. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association's Web site at www.somba.org.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 476-4935, or e-mail 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. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail unoveloce@hotmail.com.

Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

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. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

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 is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 857-0819), covers 20-plus 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 is Glen Gann, 779-6986.

Every Monday: A 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 Tuesday: A moderate, 25-mile ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Public Library in Jacksonville. Ride leader is Jack Buster, 664-2870

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.

June 6: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Emigrant Lake and beyond to look for local breeding birds. Bring your scope. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Leader is Dick Ashford. To register, call 541-482-3241.

June 12-13: Better at Birding by Ear workshop. Sharpen your birding ear. With a focus on intermediate to advanced skills, group will practice identification of warbler, sparrow, finch and flycatcher vocalizations and distinguish sound-alike species such as Western tanager and black-headed grosbeak. Expert instruction in the classroom and field will be provided by Harry Fuller, Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk volunteer, and John Alexander, KBO executive director. Classroom June 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. Field trip June 13 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance registration required. Limit 35. Meet at Jefferson Nature Center, 2931 South Pacific Hwy, Medford. Call 541-201-0866 to register. Cost is $35 nonmembers, $25 KBO members.

June 13: Rogue Valley Audubon Society outing to Trees of Heaven and environs with Zince Zauskey. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at Shop 'N' Kart in Ashland for carpooling to Collier rest area off Highway 96. Half-day trip. Bring sack lunch and water. This will be the group's last field trip until September.

June 13: Birdwalk to TouVelle and Denman Wildlife Area with Wild Birds Unlimited and Klamath Bird Observatory. Enjoy breeding and nesting behavior of birds of the Rogue River riparian habitat. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Steve Runnels. To register, call 541-770-1104.

July 11: Birdwalk to Willow Witt Ranch, Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. Learn about birds and habitat restoration on private lands while visiting a hotspot for conifer forest birding below Grizzly Peak. Travel further into the Cascade Mountains to Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes. Expect to find white pelicans, vesper sparrows, mountain bluebirds, nesting osprey, swallow species and perhaps a few species of woodpeckers. Bring a lunch and water (all day field trip). Parking at Howard Prairie Resort is $4. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Harry Fuller, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Aug. 1: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Soda Mountain Road. Walk along the Pacific Crest Trail with the possibility of seeing lazuli buntings, green-tailed towhees, dusky flycatchers and mountain bluebirds. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Leader is biologist Frank Lospalluto. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Aug. 8: Birdwalk to Mount Ashland. Group will look and listen for upper elevation birds, such as green-tailed towhee, mountain quail, purple and Cassin's finch, band-tailed pigeon, white-headed woodpecker, evening grosbeak, and Cooper's hawk, and possibly northern goshawk, and hermit, black-throated gray and Townsend's warblers. Bring a lunch if you'd like to eat in the picnic area. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Vince Zauskey, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Illinois Valley Wildflower and Rare Plant Trip

Sunday: Join Siskiyou Project board member Greg Walter and various Siskiyou Project staff from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a driving tour of wildflower hotspots in the Illinois Valley. The trip will commemorate pioneer 19th century botanist Thomas Jefferson Howell, who first described many species new to science native to the Illinois Valley. The tour will make its way up T.J. Howell Memorial Drive (also known as Eight Dollar Road), and will visit many of the lesser-known rare plant sites in the area. The tour will make numerous stops along the way to see insect-loving cobra lilies, orchids and rare Illinois Valley plants, including Howell's mariposa lily. The day will conclude with some short hikes near the boundary of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to visit some higher-elevation plant communities known for their populations of rare wildflowers and the elegant Brewer's Spruce. Hikers should pack a lunch, snacks, sunscreen and plenty of water. Free. Meet to carpool near Coyote Coffee in the Ray's Food Store parking lot in Selma at 10 a.m.