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Get Out: June 29, 2012

Soda Mountain Wilderness Council

Saturday, June 30: Botanist John Villella (541-531-9817; johnvillella@yahoo.com) and National Park Service ecologist and SMWC board member Dennis Odion will lead an easy or moderate (your choice) Pacific Crest Trail hike east of Pilot Rock from Porcupine Gap (elevation 5,000 feet) to Babbitt Gap (5,180 feet), Porcupine Meadow (4,800 feet) and the Sound-of-Music view from Porcupine Mountain (5,290 feet). This hike is in both the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and its Soda Mountain Wilderness backcountry. About four miles total. Some off-trail hiking. Group size limited to 10 people. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

Native Plant Society

Saturday, June 30: Hike to Hinkle Lake Botanical Area in the Upper Applegate Valley. Luke Ruediger will lead a hike to the meadows surrounding Hinkle Lake, which are home to a vast array of flowering plants, including the extremely rare bryophyte Chilocyphus gemmiparus (alpine liverwort). The hike is coordinated with the Applegate Trails Association and will include two options: a gentle, three-mile road hike or a five-mile loop with some off-trail scrambling and elevation gain. Bring water and food. Please leave pets at home. Group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Ruch Plaza. For information check, see the Applegate Trails Association website calendar at www.applegatetrails.org or contact David Calahan at 541-899-1226 or david@applegatetrails.org.

Saturday, July 7: Wildflower hike on Mount Ashland. The group will visit the summit area, Rabbit Ears and Grouse Meadows. Expect a mile or two of easy walking with modest elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. behind the Oil Stop on Ashland Street, just west of the BiMart/Shop'N Kart parking lot in Ashland, about a quarter-mile west of I-5, exit 14. Leader is Alex Maksymowicz, 541-482-1964.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, July 7: 10K walk in the neighborhoods of East Medford includes a 5K option. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Medford Center parking lot on Jackson Street across from Hawthorne Park. For information, call 541-245-9356.

Ashland July 4 Run

Wednesday, July 4: The 36th annual 4th of July run in Ashland includes a 10K run and a 2-mile run/walk. Both races will start at 7:47 a.m. The routes are scenic and on closed roadways. A section of the 10K route is along the Bear Creek Greenway. Registration closes July 1. For information and to register, see www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1264.

Mount A 5K

Sunday, July 22: The second annual 5K begins at 9 a.m. at the Mount Ashland Ski Area. Proceeds benefit the Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association. For details and to register, see www.mta5k.com.

Bicycle touring

Siskiyou Velo club member Phil Gagnon is organizing a series of self-supported bicycle tours for beginners. The tours are free other than your expenses for food, supplies and travel. For details, email Gagnon at star@mind.net.

Tuesday-Friday, July 24-27: Monmouth tour. This will be a motel/sag wagon tour. Group will drive to Corvallis for the first night, then drive to Monmouth the next morning and leave the cars at a motel. From there, you'll ride 35 miles to a McMinnville motel for the second night. The next day the group will loop eastward to the Wheatland Ferry and circle back to stay in the Monmouth motel. Day 3 will include a southern loop from Monmouth taking the Buena Vista Ferry and circling back to Monmouth.

Sunday-Saturday, Aug. 19-25: Roseburg eastern loop. This is strictly a camping tour. From Roseburg, group will ride east to Diamond Lake and do a large circle back to Roseburg via Lost Creek Lake, Trail and Canyonville. Group will camp each night and most days carry and prepare their own food, as there are few places to buy food on this route.

Sunday-Friday, Sept. 9-14: Eugene to Champoeg State Park. This is a loop tour that includes camping and motels. Group will mostly eat out as they pass through many little towns along the route. The terrain is Willamette Valley flat.

Recurring road rides

Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 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 begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030.

Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting time and location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville hosts a 2- to 3-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email cyclea@internetcds.com.

Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville; 25 mostly flat miles, 14 to 17 mph pace. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.

Every Wednesday: A 25- to 60-mile Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 10 a.m. at The Roasting Co. in Ashland. Some hills. Contact Wil Thomson, 541-482-4201.

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 or see 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.

Saturday, July 14: Birdwalk to Howard Prairie and Hyatt Lake. Group will explore around the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, at the intersection of three distinct ecoregions. This area offers grand views of Mount McLoughlin, a diversity of wildflowers and butterflies and many bird habitats. Expect to see raptors, shorebirds and conifer-forest songbirds. Leader will be Frank Laspolluto, Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and member. Meet at 8 a.m. Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Mount Everest presentation

Friday, June 29: Rogue River native Brian Dickinson will talk about his 2011 solo summit and blind descent of Mount Everest at 6 p.m. at Rogue River VFW Post 4116, 410 E. Main St., Rogue River. On May 15, 2011, Dickinson found himself climbing alone above the death zone when his Sherpa, Pasang Temba, fell ill and had to descend to the South Col. A few hours later Dickinson reached the summit. When he began to descend, he became snow blind. On the way down he fell down the south rock step, rode an avalanche and nearly ran out of oxygen but lived to tell the story.

Siskiyou Field Institute

Saturday-Sunday, June 30-July 1: Forest plant associations of Southwest Oregon. In this course, students will learn how plant association classifications are developed in order to capture ecosystem capability and response, illustrate typical utility and use, and learn to identify plant associations in the field. The group will hike from low to high elevation in the Illinois Valley and investigate plant association variability in 10 of the 15 plant series in southwest Oregon. Recommended for agency professionals, botanical consultants and anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of plant ecology in southwest Oregon. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuition is $100. To register or for information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.