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Get Out: Aug. 26, 2011

KS Wild

Saturday, Aug. 27: Eight-mile hike along the Upper Rogue Trail, which is a National Recreation Trail that closely follows the river from its headwaters at the edge of Crater Lake National Park to the boundary of the Rogue River/Siskiyou National Forest. Hikers will see how the river cut through pumice that was deposited by the explosion of Mount Mazama about 8,000 years ago — which formed Crater Lake — and learn about Rogue Riverkeeper’s work to protect and restore water quality and fish populations in this watershed. Carpools leave from Evo’s Cafe in Ashland at 9 a.m. For a meeting location in Medford or Shady Cove, call Lesley at 541-488-5789.

Saturday, Sept. 25: Hike to Rainie Falls to see migrating chinook salmon leaping the falls. Siskiyou Project ecologist Rich Nawa will explain chinook life cycle and habitat needs. The moderately difficult, 4-mile roundtrip hike is suitable for children older than 8. Meet 10 a.m. at the Grants Pass Fred Meyer near the garden center. For information, call Lesley at 541-488-5789.

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.

Talent Harvest Festival Run

Saturday, Sept. 10: Annual 10K and 5K runs begin at 8 a.m. at the skateboard park on Main Street in Talent. Cost is $10 by Aug. 27, $8 for Southern Oregon Runners members. Race-day registration costs $15. For details, email race director Felicia Hazel at feliciahaz@msn.com or go to the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.

Pine to Palm 100K

Saturday, Sept. 17: Remote and rugged point-to-point course through the Siskiyou Mountains from Williams to Ashland. Course follows a mixture of single-track trail and dirt roads, with less than four miles of pavement. The course boasts more than 20,000 feet of climbing and descents with three major climbs to 7,000 feet. Online registration only, through UltraSignUp.com. Race limited to 200 runners. To learn more, see the Rogue Valley Runners website at www.roguevalleyrunners.com.

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.

Mount Ashland Hill Climb Bike Race

Sunday, Sept. 18: The 30th annual Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Bike Race begins at 9 a.m. in the Ashland Plaza and climbs to the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot. With 4,600 feet of net elevation gain, the race rivals some of the toughest climbing events on the West Coast. For more information, email mtashlandbikeride@gmail.com or call 541-708-1417. Registration and course information is at www.mtashlandbike.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.

Klamath Bird Observatory

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.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Birdwalk to Iron Gate Reservoir in California led by Vince Zauskey. This reservoir provides habitat for waterfowl such as American white pelican and western and pied-billed grebe. Lewis’s woodpeckers may be seen in nearby oak trees. Plan to bring a lunch and return to Ashland in the afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Birdwalk to Lower Table Rock led by KBO research biologist Ian Ausprey. This diverse ecosystem hosts a variety of species, including blue-gray gnatcatcher, oak titmouse and several woodpeckers. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Birdwalk to Ashland Pond led by local birder Forrest English. Group will look for wood duck, ruby-crowned kinglet, wintering sparrows and raptors such as red-shouldered hawks. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Nov. 12: Birdwalk to TouVelle State Park with KBO birdwalk volunteer Harry Fuller. TouVelle is a busy place in late fall and winter, hosting waterbirds, raptors and woodpeckers. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Saturday, Dec. 3: Birdwalk to the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area led by KBO volunteer Terence Phillippe. This diverse area, situated at the base of Mount Shasta, contains juniper woodland, riparian forest and seasonal wetlands. Bring a lunch and plan to return to Ashland in the afternoon. Meet at 9 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Thursday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 11: Hawk class and field trip led by KBO board president and hawk enthusiast Dick Ashford. The Thursday class will focus on beginning to intermediate hawk identification. Sunday’s field trip to the Lower Klamath Basin or Butte Valley in California will give participants the chance to test their new identification skills. This class fills quickly, so register soon. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $35 non-members, $25 KBO members. To register, call 541-201-0866.

Siskiyou Field Institute

Friday, Aug. 26: Free evening program, The Best of Nature Writing with Diana Coogle, begins at 7 p.m. at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma.