Get Out: Aug. 12, 2010
KS Wild hikes
Saturday, Sept. 4: Rogue Riverkeeper will lead a hike along a portion of the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline where it traverses the Upper Rogue Watershed. The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector LNG project would build an import terminal in Coos Bay and a 235-mile pipeline through the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath watersheds. Group will walk a portion of the pipeline route through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and discuss the project's impacts on private land, public land, fish, wildlife, energy independence and surrounding communities. Call to RSVP at 541-488-5789.
Saturday, Oct. 9: Hike to see salmon jumping Rainie Falls on the Rogue on their way back from the ocean. The hike to Rainie Falls is an easy to moderate, 4.5-mile hike through low-elevation forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at Evo's in Ashland or at the Rainie Falls trailhead at the base of the bridge where Grave's Creek enters the Rogue at 10:30 a.m.
Sierra Club hikes
Saturday, Aug. 14: Eight-mile hike to Wildcat in the Greensprings; return along Hyatt Lake. Call Cathy Edwards for details ay 541-210-0204.
Saturday, Aug. 21: Seven-mile hike to Grouse Gap on Mount Ashland. Easy to moderate. For details, call Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
Saturday, Aug. 28: Middle Fork Applegate Trail, seven miles. Call Carol Ingelson for details at 541-245-6380.
Saturday, Sept. 11: Howard Prairie hike, from seven to 10 miles. For details, call Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Aug. 14: 10K walk in Rogue River. Meet at Anna Classick Park at 8 a.m. For directions and information call 541-772-8311.
Saturday, Aug. 28: 10K Grants Pass Historic Walk. Meet at Ray's Food Place on 7th Street at 8 a.m. Call 541-474-2291 for information.
Lithia Park walks
Through Sept. 29: Free, guided walks in Ashland's Lithia Park, sponsored by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department. The walks take about 90 minutes. Walks leave at 10 a.m. every Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from the Plaza entrance.
Saturday, Aug. 14: Race along the Rogue River in Gold Hill features 5K and 10K runs and a 5K walk. Starting time is 8 a.m. Early registration is $10 until Saturday, Aug. 7 ($7 for Southern Oregon Runners members). Race-day registration is $13 for all. For details, call race director Bruce Timmerman at 541-664-0777.
Pine to Palm 100-mile Endurance Run
Saturday, Sept. 18: The 100-mile course starts in Williams and winds its way east through the mountains on a mixture of single-track trails and dirt roads to the finish line in Ashland. The route covers more than 20,000 feet of climbing and descents, including three climbs up to and over 7,000 feet. Entry fee is $275 before Sept. 1, $300 after. Online registration only, through UltraSignUp.com. Entry is limited to the first 200 applications. For more information, go to www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
Saturday, Sept. 25: This five-leg, multi-sport event traces a 46-mile circle around Ashland, exploring the city's parks, the surrounding countryside and Emigrant Lake. Legs include an 11K run, a 3K lake kayak, a 25-mile road-bike tour, a 9-mile mountain-bike loop and a 5K run. Racers may enter solo or in teams of two to five racers. While athletes are circling Ashland, a fun run/walk will circle the block of ScienceWorks and festivities will occur throughout the day, including local food, live music and massage. Registration deadline is Sept. 10. Entry fees range from $ 75 for solo racers to $350 for corporate-sponsored teams. For more information, go online to www.siskiyouchallenge.org.
RECURRING ROAD BIKE RIDES
Every Saturday: A 20-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. Ride leader is Alex Hayes: 541-857-0819.
Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.
Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee 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 Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
RECURRING MOUNTAIN BIKES RIDES
Every Tuesday, women's rides, Grants Pass: From April through October, Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that meets and leaves from its shop at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours on average and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 785 Rogue River Hwy. Contact Richard Amneus: 541-476-4935 or email@example.com.
Every Wednesday, 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, 535 N. Fifth St., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: BikeKraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 785 Rogue River Highway. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935 or check out www.bikekraft.com.
Every Thursday, Ashland: Ride organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to reach the trails. Helmets are required. Contact Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935, for further information or check out the Web site at www.roguecycle.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.
Agate Lake birdwalk
Saturday, Aug. 14: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk leader Jeff Tufts will lead a walk to look for late-summer shorebirds such as greater yellowlegs, semipalmated plovers, long-billed dowitchers and various sandpipers and killdeer, as well as ducks, herons, gulls, woodpeckers and other fun species. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Sunday, Aug. 15: Third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street at 8 a.m. Wind up around noon. The walk is along a level, paved trail that follows Ashland Creek and then Bear Creek. Leader is Harry Fuller, 541-488-8077.
Wednesday, Sept. 1: First-Wednesday birdwalk along Little Butte Creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. on TouVelle Road in the northeast section of the Denman Wildlife Area near White City. Leader is Denny Niebuhr, 541-482-6589 or email@example.com.
Birdwalk for kids
Saturday, Aug. 21: Klamath Bird Observatory will teach youngsters how to use binoculars and field guides to spot our local feathered friends. This fun-filled, interactive experience encourages future naturalists to learn about nature through games, stories, songs and outdoor activities. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10 a.m. Sign up in advance at the store or call 541-482-3241.
Medford Rifle and Pistol Club
Saturday, Aug. 14: The Full-bore Rifle Shooters of the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club will hold a rifle shoot at Public Range #7 of the Jackson County Sports Park, at 8:30 a.m. The event will include prone, standing, sitting or kneeling shooting at 100-yard targets, and should be a good mid-summer way to improve your shooting ability in preparation for this year's hunting seasons. Entry fee is $15, which covers the Rogue Valley Sporting Sports Association range fee and a barbecue lunch. Shooters should arrive at 8 a.m. Lunch will follow the event. More information and an entry form for the event can be found at www.mrpc.info.
Andrew LeGrande Fishing Tournament
Saturday, Aug. 21: The second Andrew LeGrande Rainbow of Hope Fishing Tournament is named after the late son of Howard Prairie Resort owner Joel LeGrande. The tournament begins at daybreak at the resort. Weigh-in is at 1 p.m. Cost is $15 per person; $10 for those camping at the resort. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club in Talent. Tickets are available at the resort. For more information call 541-482-1979.
Gold Beach Brew and Art Festival bike ride
Saturday, Sept. 11: The Gold Beach festival has added a bike ride this year, with routes of 22, 33 and 62 miles. Registration will begin between 8 and 9 a.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds on Highway 101. The route heads north to Jerry's Flat Road and then follows the Rogue River south bank. There will be aid stations at the fairgrounds, Lobster Creek, 10 miles beyond Lobster Creek and at the Cougar Lane Parking lot. Cost of the ride is $35. Each rider will receive a T-shirt, number, refreshments, discount coupons to local restaurants and half off admission to the Brew and Art Festival. More information is available at www.goldbeachbiketherogue.org.