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Get Out: July 16, 2009

Sierra Club hikes

July 25: Howard Prairie. Moderate 10-mile hike. Call Carol Walker, 488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 245-6380, for details.

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.

Aug. 1: Mount Bailey. Difficult 10-mile hike with a 3,130-foot elevation gain. Leader is George Lescher, 482-4477.

Aug. 8: Hyatt Lake to Wildcat Lookout. Moderate 8-mile hike. Leader is Cathy Edwards, 210-0204.

Aug. 15: Easy, 5-mile hike to Grizzly Peak. Leaders are Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

Aug. 22: Moderate 7-mile hike on Rogue River Trail East, Grave Creek to Whiskey Creek Cabin. Leader is Joel Peterson, joelpeterson@charter.net or 955-9224.

Sept. 5: Moderate, 8-mile hike on Mount Ashland (downhill the entire way). Leaders are Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

Native Plant Society

Saturday: Lemmingsworth Gulch, Serpentine area near Brookings. Meet at Fred Meyer parking lot on Highway 101 in Brookings at 9 a.m. (toward the back of the lot near the gas station). From there it is about an hour drive up the Winchuck River road to the Packsaddle Mountain trailhead. We will hike on a fairly flat trail (mostly ridgeline) for about two miles and go off trail to check out some Darlingtonia bogs/fens. There may be an opportunity for a longer (about two more miles) option which may involve river fording. Bring lunch, water. Contact Clint Emerson at 541-247-3656 for more information.

Sunday: The Bear Camp area, on the crest between Galice and Gold Beach, sits at the meeting of Klamath, Coast Range and Cascade regions, and has been influenced geologically and botanically by all three. It has a fascinating mix of botanical attractions, and some species found here are far out of their “normal” ranges. This trip will have two meeting spots to accommodate people from both the coast and the interior. Those coming from points east should meet at 9 a.m. in the Grants Pass Fred Meyer parking lot, near the gas station, two blocks down Grants Pass Parkway/Redwood Highway from I-5, Exit 55. The leader from here will be Alex Maksymowicz. Folks on the coast should meet at 9 a.m. at the Gold Beach Forest Service Ranger Station, 29279 Ellensburg Ave. Norm Jensen will lead this group. The two groups will meet at the Bear Camp overlook around 10:30 a.m. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen and camera. For more information, e-mail Norm Jensen, normjensen@gmail.com.

Lithia Park Nature Walks

Naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation lead free walks through Lithia Park on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30, and Saturdays in July and August. Topics such as trees, flowers, birds, climate, water and geology are discussed. Dress for weather and meet at 10 a.m. at the park’s entrance. Call 552-2266 for details.

Wildflower Walk

July 26: Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring a half-day wildflower walk to the alpine meadows of Mount Ashland at 9:30 a.m. Children and adults are invited to join expert naturalist Kristi Mergenthaler. Information on plant species and plant identification techniques will be presented. Limited space is available. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Cost is $9. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.

Britt Woods Firehouse 10K Run

Saturday: The 8th annual run starts above the Britt Woods pavilion in Jacksonville at 8 a.m. Two- and four-mile exhibition runs start at 7 a.m., and a 100-yard dash for kids starts at 7:30 a.m. The course features a shaded trail past the oldest giant Sequoia tree in Oregon, and above old glory holes (gold mines) from the 1800s. Cost is $22 for the main event; $15 for the exhibition and fun runs (includes a t-shirt). All proceeds benefit Jacksonville Engine Company No. 1, the oldest fire department in the state. Call Doug Naversen for details at 773-3636 days, or 899-1214 nights. Almost $200 in prize money will be donated by Dermatology and Laser Associates of Medford, L.L.P. to the top five finishers in the 10K.

Mount Ashland Hillclimb Run

Aug. 1: This rugged run up to the Mt. Ashland summit starts at Winburn Way near City Hall, a distance of 13 miles with an elevation gain of 5,600 feet. The race is limited to 250 entrants. Registration through July 30 costs $20. Race-day costs $30. For information call 488-5340, e-mail info@mtashlandrun.com or go to www.mtashlandrun.com.

Crater Lake Rim Runs

Aug 8: Registration is closed for this year’s marathon, half-marathon and 6.7-mile race.

Siskiyou Velo Club

Saturday: 60-mile ride to Shady Cove, moderate pace. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix. Contact is Jodi Weber, 897-0243.

Sunday: Brownsboro Loop. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Hawthorne Park in Medford.

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.

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.

Aug. 1: Klamath Bird Observatory ornithologist Frank Lospalluto will lead a free half-day outing to Mount Ashland. Climbing from the valley to nearly the top of the 7,532 foot mountain, the group will visit birding sites at a variety of elevations. Sites include parts of the Pacific Crest Trail. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. There will be a limited number of binoculars and field guides available to loan, so bring binoculars if you have them. Space is limited. Call 482-3241 to reserve a space.

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.

Oregon Wilderness Slideshow

Tonight: William Sullivan, author of "Atlas of Oregon Wilderness," will present a free slideshow at 7 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. The "Atlas of Oregon Wilderness" is the complete adventurer’s guide to Oregon’s backwoods, covering every wilderness area in the state, including the new Soda Mountain Wilderness area added by Congress in March 2009. Sullivan is the author of a dozen books about Oregon and hiking. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan began hiking at the age of 5 and has been exploring new trails ever since. Call Northwest Nature Shop at 482-3241 for more information.

Fee-free weekend at Crater Lake

Saturday and Sunday: Crater Lake National Park will waive entrance fees Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 15-16. Free entry passes are good only on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays. Other park fees for camping or hotel/cabin room, food or merchandise still apply. Crater Lake annual passes will be available at the entrance station for $20, and they may be used also at Lava Beds National Monument. Snow remains on many trails and in the higher elevations of the park (Crater Lake gets 500 inches of annual snowfall). Steel Visitor Center in Munson Valley will be open and staffed by park rangers, interpreters and National History Association staff. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For hours of concessions facilities and/or lodging inquiries, please call 888-774-2728.

Spey casting clinic

Friday and Saturday: ROE Outfitters of Klamath Falls will present instructor John Hazelett during a two-day spey casting clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Originating in Scotland on the River Spey, this casting technique was intended to allow for longer casts and better line management in tight quarters for Atlantic salmon. Spey casting also works well for Northwest steelhead and tight trout rivers. The style of casting is often referred to as two- or double-handed casting. Preregistration is required for the spey clinic. Call ROE Outfitters at 541-884-3825 or stop by its fly shop at 9349 Highway 97 South, Klamath Falls. Cost is $145 and equipment will be provided. Friday’s session includes discussions on gear and terminology. Saturday’s session includes a trip to a river. Lunch is provided.