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Get Out: Aug. 27, 2009

Sierra Club hikes

Sept. 5: Moderate, eight-mile hike on Mount Ashland (downhill the entire way). Leaders are Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.

Sept. 5-7: Last backpacking trip of the summer, to Seven Lakes Basin in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. The Sevenmile Marsh trailhead is about 10 miles west of Fort Klamath. The basin has seven alpine lakes above 6,000 feet and includes Ranger Springs, the headwaters of the middle fork of the Rogue River. This outing is rated moderate to difficult. On Saturday after reaching a campsite at Grass Lake, participants can take short day hikes to Cliff and Middle lakes. Swimming and trout fishing are possibilities. On Sunday, a possible day-hike option is to 7,582-foot Devils Peak, a 6.8-mile round trip (or 8.3-mile loop) with a 1,432-foot elevation gain. From Devils Peak, five of the seven lakes, Upper Klamath lake to the east, and most of the Sky Lakes Wilderness from Crater Lake to Mount McLoughlin can be seen. Carpooling opportunities will be facilitated. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. Participants will provide their own food. More details will be made available to participants. Space is limited so be sure to make a reservation. For more information, e-mail Jerry Haynes at gdhaynes04@msn.com or telephone Darin Banner at 541-531-7623.

Lithia Park Nature Walks

Naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department 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 541-552-2266 for details.

Talent Harvest Festival 10K and 5K Runs

Sept. 12: The 10K is a challenging, hilly course. The 5K is out and back with gradual hills. Race begins at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park (parking on Front Street by the tracks and Main Street above the tracks). Cost is $10 by Aug. 31. T-shirts $10. Race-day registration is $12, no T-shirt. Proceeds go to Talent Parks and Recreation Summer Programs. Race director is Felicia Hazel: 541-535-3406 or feliciahaz@msn.com.

Siskiyou Velo Club

Saturday: Shady Cove and return, 65 miles, moderate pace. Meet at 9 a.m. Contact: Mike Smith for details at 855-1531.

Sunday: Show-and-go ride. Meet at Hawthorne Park in Medford at 9 a.m. Distance and pace to be determined. No ride leader.

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: 541-488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 541-857-0819), 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: 541-779-6986.

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: 541-664-2870

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 541-899-9190, 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 541-476-4935, 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.

Sept. 5: Birding by boat at Howard Prairie Lake. Observe waterfowl, shore birds and raptors while floating Howard Prairie Lake. Bring your kayak or canoe, or reserve a canoe to rent at the Howard Prairie Resort (three available): www.howardprairieresort.com/html/marina.html. Meet with your boat, a bag lunch and binoculars at 7:30 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to caravan to the lake. Leader is Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer Harry Fuller. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Sept. 12: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Agate Lake. View raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and waders surrounding the lake and songbirds in the fields and oak woodlands. Bring your scope. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leaders are Harry Fuller and Steve Runnels. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Oct. 3: Birding for beginners along the Bear Creek Greenway in Ashland. If you want a casual introduction to birding with an experienced guide from Klamath Bird Observatory, this is the walk for you. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Free. Due to limited class size, call 541-482-3241 to sign up.