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Get Out: July 29, 2011

KS Wild Hike

Saturday, July 30: Hike to Mount Elijah and Bigelow Lakes. Seven-mile hike up and around flower-laden Bigelow Lakes to the top of Mount Elijah. Hike will go through the Kangaroo Roadless Area above the Oregon Caves National Monument, an area included in the proposed legislation to create an Oregon Caves National Monument, which would designate the nation's first subterranean Wild and Scenic River, known as the River Styx. Carpools leave from Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 9 a.m., and Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction at 10:30 a.m. Details at http://kswild.org.

Native Plant Society

Saturday, July 30: Field trip to Kangaroo Lake Botanical Area in Siskiyou County, Calif., with Alex Maksymowicz. This area in the Eddy Mountains west of Mount Shasta contains numerous and interesting flora in a small area with a diversity of dry and wet habitats, including a Darlingtonia fen. Easy-to-moderate 2-mile, round-trip hike, with 600-foot elevation gain. Meet 8 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop ‘N' Kart parking lot in Ashland, about 1/4 mi west of I-5, exit 14.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Aug. 6: 10-kilometer walk in Jacksonville will begin at 8 a.m. from the public parking lot on D Street. Meet at 7:45 a.m. For information, call 541-772-8311. The walk includes a 5K option.

Saturday, Aug. 20: 10-kilometer walk in Eagle Point begins at 8 a.m. The walk also has a 5K option. Meet at Bob Moore Park on Main Street. For information, call 541-772-8311.

Lithia Park nature walks

Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesday, Fridays: Through Sept. 30, trained naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department lead 60- to 90-minute nature walks in Lithia Park. The walks start at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Free. No reservations needed. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, geology and park history. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park across from the Plaza in Ashland. For more information, call 541-552-2264.

Rogue Run Half Marathon

Sunday, Sept. 25: A brand-new event this year, the half-marathon will begin at 8:10 a.m. (walkers will start at 7:10 a.m.) at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent and follow the Bear Creek Greenway to the Jackson County Fairgrounds, where it will end amid the celebration of the Jackson County Harvest Fair and Microbrew Festival. Cost is $40 before Sept. 9, and $50 after. The race organizers are Dr. Darren Ravassipour, Medford and Central Point orthodontist, and David Wright, president of CPM Real Estate Services. For more information, see www.theroguerun.com.

Recurring road rides

Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.

Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.

Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 10 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon 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 9:30 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 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Recurring mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides 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 on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.

Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email cyclea@internetcds.com.

Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.

Siskiyou Field Institute

Saturday, July 30: Birding Siskiyou Mountains and Meadows. Head for the high country with Dennis Vroman and Romain Cooper to observe both resident birds and seasonal migrants in Siskiyou mountain meadows. This course is timed to coincide with the upslope migration of birds that nest at lower elevations and migrate to the mountains. The course will offer a special focus on bird plumages and molting cycles, as this is a time when juvenile birds dominate the landscape. Class begins at 6 a.m. Advanced registration required, fee $50, scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.

Klamath Bird Observatory

Saturday, Aug. 6: Birdwalk to Howard Prairie and Hyatt lakes led by Frank Lospalluto. Group will start around Howard Prairie looking for sandhill crane, western meadowlark, western bluebird, and lark and vesper sparrow. Plan to bring a lunch to eat by the lake; return to Ashland in the early afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Aug. 13: Birdwalk to Agate Lake led by Karen Hussey and Jeff O'Connell for an exploration of this Medford lake that provides critical habitat for many Rogue Valley bird species. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake led by KBO member and Northwest Nature Shop employee Terence Philippe for an exploration of the trails on the backside of Emigrant Lake. Group will travel to the east end of the lake and follow spur roads to the lakeside trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Sept. 10: Trip to Upper Klamath Lake to visit one of KBO's long-term ecological monitoring and bird-banding stations. At the Seven Mile Guard Station on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, group will visit a KBO banding station and have the chance to view many fall migrant songbirds up-close. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $25 for nonmembers, $15 KBO members. To register, call 541-770-1104.