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Get Out: Oct. 19, 2012

Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Sunday, Oct. 21: Jad D'Allura, professor emeritus of geology at SOU, and Armand Rebischke, BLM botanist, will lead a hike to Pilot Rock in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's Soda Mountain Wilderness from 1 to 5 p.m. D'Allura will begin with a discussion of the rocks in the quarry parking area, then continue with an exploration of the ridges and saddles surrounding Pilot Rock. Armand will be on hand to answer botany questions as they arise. Group size is limited. RSVP to cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com for directions and meeting place.

KS Wild

Saturday, Oct. 20: Applegate River salmon-viewing hike. Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands ecologist Rich Nawa will explain the salmon life cycle while participants watch salmon spawning only a short walk from the parking lot at Fish Hatchery Park at 1 p.m. The area is accessible to all abilities. The group will then hike about one mile of scenic trail to see salmon spawning in a secluded area that requires a short off-trail hike down a hill. An optional trip will view spawning salmon near the Applegate Store. Call 541-476-6648.

Sunday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 3: Illinois River salmon-viewing hikes. Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center ecologist Rich Nawa will lead an easy one-mile hike on flat ground to see salmon spawning along the East Fork and West Fork Illinois River at 1 p.m. The group will then drive to Little Falls on the Illinois River near Kerby and hike about a half mile to see leaping salmon. The trail to Little Falls is steep and rocky near the falls. The Illinois Forks State Park turn-off is about a half mile south of Cave Junction. Look for Rich’s green Toyota Corolla in the parking lot. Call 541-476-6648.

Applegate Trails Association

Friday, Nov. 2: The ATA will host an off-trail hike through giant trees in the proposed 6,000-acre Wellington Wild Lands. Private landowner cooperation gives the group a rare opportunity to hike lower-elevation public lands between Ruch and Applegate that are otherwise difficult to access. The downhill, three-mile thru hike— all off trail — is rated as moderate to difficult, with an estimated total time of 4 hours. Group will meet at 9 a.m., at a private residence near Ruch and carpool to the trailhead 30 minutes away. The descent through the riparian area of this untouched canyon is gradual, rugged, wild and beautiful. Contact hike leader David Calahan (541-899-1226 or david@applegate​trails.org) for directions. No pets.

Ashland Kiwanis Monster Dash

Saturday, Oct. 27: Monsters, ghouls and goblins will race through Ashland's Lithia Park as part of the 4th annual Monster Dash Run for Education. The event will raise money for Ashland Schools Foundation's Impact Grants in the Ashland public schools. Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with a costume contest, followed by 1-mile, 5K and 10K runs. Costumes are encouraged. For information, see www.AshlandKiwanisMonsterDash.com or call 541-482-8197.

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. Ride leader to be determined at the start.

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.

Klamath Bird Observatory

Saturday, Nov. 3: Trip to Scott Valley to view raptors. Group will tour the back roads and agricultural fields of the valley that attract a large variety and quantity of hawks, falcons and eagles. Past trips have recorded ferruginous, rough-legged, red-shouldered, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks, bald and golden eagles, and prairie falcons, kestrels and merlins. Group should see black-billed magpies, bluebirds, Say's phoebes and Lewis's woodpeckers. This is a driving tour and will not require walking, but bring appropriate clothing for the season and snacks and lunches. Scott Valley is about an hour south of Ashland in Siskiyou County, Calif. Meet at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 8 a.m. Group will depart Scott Valley at 3 p.m. Adverse weather will cancel trip so call ahead (541-482-3241) for trip updates. Limited to 15 participants for carpool safety.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Saturday, Oct. 20: RVAS member and Medford Christmas Count chair Bob Hunter will lead a birdwalk on the Ousterhout Farm in White City. Late migrants, early-arriving seasonal species and permanent Jackson County residents make this location a great spot for casual birding. Easy walking on level surfaces. Duration 2-3 hours. Group will meet at 8 a.m. at the east end of the Dollar Tree parking lot (southeast corner of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 140) and carpool from there.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: First Wednesday birdwalk at Denman Wildlife Area begins at 8 a.m. The walk lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate in White City by 7:55. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in. Walk leader is Murray Orr, 541-857-9050, mworr2@charter.net.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Birding trip to Lost Creek Lake and the Holy Waters. Norm Barrett, former Forest Service biologist and accomplished bird photographer, will lead the group. Waterfowl are the main attraction at Holy Waters, where the path just east of the water coming out of the dam affords great looks at such species as American wigeon, scaup, teal, ring-necked duck and bufflehead. Bald eagles are frequent visitors to this area, and an appearance by a peregrine falcon is always possible. Easy walking. Duration 2-3 hours. Group will meet at 8 a.m. at the east end of the Dollar Tree parking lot (southeast corner of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 140) and carpool from there.

Wild Mushroom Fair

Saturday, Oct. 20: Fall is the time to find chanterelle mushrooms and many other varieties, and the annual event, on the patio in front of Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, is the place to learn about them. It's also a good place to identify those mushrooms that pop up in your yard or vex you while hiking in the woods. Bring your sample to the fair and local mycologist John Teem will help you identify it. A variety of locally collected mushrooms will be on display, as well. For details, call 541-482-3241.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Tuesday, Oct. 23: The club's regular monthly meeting will feature Brandon Breen, vice president of the Turkey Vulture Society, speaking about the conservation and adaptations of vultures, one of the most important and most imperiled groups of birds in the world. Breen, who recently moved to Southern Oregon, is outreach and communications specialist for the Klamath Bird Observatory. Monthly chapter meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church meeting hall, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. For details, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.