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Get Out: Sept. 2, 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 Creek enters the Rogue at 10:30 a.m.

Sierra Club hikes

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.

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 Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from the plaza entrance.

Talent Harvest Festival Run

Saturday, Sept. 11: The annual 5K and 10K runs begin at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park. Parking is on Front Street by the tracks and on Main Street above the tracks. The l0K is a challenging, hilly course. The 5K is out and back with gradual inclines and declines. Race day registration costs $15, and net proceeds benefit Talent Parks and Recreation. Race director is Felicia Hazel, 541-535-3406 or feliciahaz@msn.com.

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.

Siskiyou Challenge

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.

Stagecoach Run 5K and 10K

Saturday, Oct. 9: The 39th annual race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Oregon and West D streets in Jacksonville. Park in the public parking lot at the end of West D Street. Preregistration by Oct. 5 costs $15, $12 for Southern Oregon Runners members. The first 150 preregistered runners will receive a beverage glass with the Stagecoach Run logo. After Oct. 5 cost is $20 and no glass available. Race-day registration will take place in the parking lot from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Race directors are Steve Buxton, 541-772-8292, and Rich Stanfield, 541-535-1862.

Ride the Rogue

Saturday, Sept. 18: The 4th annual Ride the Rogue event is centered around Palmerton Park in Rogue River. This year's event offers new ride routes, a gourmet feast, live music and activities for the whole family. Bike routes include 100 miles, 65 miles, 25 miles and two miles, along with a four-mile historic nature hike, wagon ride and a three-mile river walk. All proceeds support the development of the Rogue River Recreational Corridor and Greenway project. For more information go to ridetherogue.org.

Recurring road 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 bike 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 bikekraft@yahoo.com.

Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6 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 cyclea@internetcds.com.

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.

KBO birdwalk to Ashland Pond

Saturday, Sept. 4: Northwest Nature Shop employee and Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk leader Terence Philippe will lead an exploration of Ashland Pond. The pond will likely be flush with warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and other songbirds undertaking their fall migration. Possible waterfowl and raptor sightings will round out the morning. Expect about a mile of walking on gentle paths. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Saturday, Sept. 11: Field trip to Mountain Lakes led by Ron Ketchum, 541-773-2968, and assisted by Murray Orr. Meet at the west end of Ashland Shop ‘N' Kart parking lot at 7:30 a.m. The trip will take all morning and possibly lap over into the afternoon, so snacks and beverages are recommended. A small amount of walking on even ground will be required. Ride sharing is encouraged to reduce the size of the caravan. Call for details.

Sunday, Sept. 19: Monthly third-Sunday birdwalk to Ashland Pond led by Jeff Tufts, 541-227-8465. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street, next to the water treatment plant at 8 a.m. Call for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 6: Monthly first-Wednesday birdwalk along Little Butte Creek. Meet at the gated entrance to TouVelle Road and the Denman Wildlife Area on the west side of Agate Road at 8:30 a.m., or in the Apple Peddler Restaurant parking lot, at the intersection of Highway 140 and Highway 62 in White City, at 8:20 a.m. Easy walking on dirt, about 21⁄2 miles over three hours. A shortened version of 11⁄2 miles and two hours is available. For more information contact Denny Niebuhr at 541-482-6589.

Slam'n Salmon Ocean Derby

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5: Billed as the largest derby of its kind on the West Coast, the event centers around the Port of Brookings-Harbor at the mouth of the Chetco River. Participants pay $50 and compete for $15,000 in prize money, including $5,000 for the biggest fish by weight. To learn more call the port office at 541-469-2218 or visit the derby's website at www.slamnsalmon.com.

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Sunday, Sept. 5: Will Johnson, owner of the Ashland Fly Shop, will teach the mechanics of casting a fly rod, simple knots and what to look for in equipment. The class is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. All equipment will be provided. The class is at Railroad Park, 758 A St., Ashland. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, snacks. Cost is $15. Pre-registration required. Register at ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-5340.

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.

Wings and Wine Gala

Saturday, Sept. 25: Klamath Bird Observatory fundraiser runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at Hanley Farm in Central Point. The evening includes complimentary wine, tasty bites by Helena Darling Fine Catering, a not-so-silent auction and live music by Siskiyou Summit. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door, and are available at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland, Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford or call 541-201-0866.