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Get Out: May 16, 2014

Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Saturday, May 24: Birding hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The outing will start with a short introduction on bird calls, then will travel south on the PCT to explore habitat shared by mountain quail, Cassin's vireo, rufous hummingbird and other birds. Group will meet at the Pilot Rock Trailhead off of Old Highway 99. For information, email cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 20: Botanist John Villella will lead a wildflower and butterfly hike along the Hobart Bluff Trail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Group will meet at the Hobart Bluff Trailhead on Soda Mountain Road. For information, email cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.

Table Rocks hikes

Free, guided hikes on the Table Rocks are cosponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management. Reservations are required, and hikes are limited to 20 people unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, May 17: 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock. Incredible Insects and Spectacular Spiders: Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at Southern Oregon University, will lead a hike to explore the amazing six- and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks.

Sunday, May 18: 9 a.m. at Upper Table Rock. Wacky Weather: Join Alan Journet, co-facilitator of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Network, for a hike and discussion of climate change projections for the Rogue Valley and the potential consequences of these on the Table Rocks and other natural and agricultural systems.

Siskiyou Upland Trails Association

Saturday, May 17: Trail work party on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and include lunch provided by SUTA. The group will meet at Buncom at the intersection of Little Applegate Road and Sterling Creek Road to carpool to the Little Applegate Trailhead on Little Applegate Road. Work involves trimming vegetation and minor tread work from the Little Applegate Trailhead toward Tunnel Ridge. Work will involve a 6-mile hike with some uphill sections where the trail leaves the ditch to divert around private land. Bring gloves, loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber or sturdy shovel, along with water and whatever snacks you like. SUTA will have some extra trail tools. Email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com to RSVO so organizers can plan the food.

Saturday, June 7: Five-mile hike on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. Group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead on Little Applegate Road and hike to the Bear Gulch Trailhead. Directions can be downloaded from SUTA's website at www.sutaoregon.org. SUTA will provide home-baked treats. RSVP to sutaoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers will know who to wait for and can plan treats.

KS Wild

Saturday, May 17: Moderate, 6-mile spring wildflower hike along the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River from Grave Creek to Whisky Creek. Carpool will meet at the Outdoor Store in Ashland at 9 a.m., and at the Bear Creek Lock and Safe kiosk at the North Medford Fred Meyer at 9:30 a.m. Please leave pets at home. Call Morgan at 541-488-5789 for information or to sign up.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, May 24: 10K “Name that Park” walk in Grants Pass. Meet at 8:45 a.m. for registration in the parking lot of Riverside Park, 304 E. Park St. For more information, call 541-245-9356.

Slo-mo group rides

Saturdays in May: Siskiyou Velo club is organizing free, introductory bicycle rides on the Bear Creek Greenway for beginners and people who are getting back into cycling. The rides are at 9 a.m. Saturdays, May 17, at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford; May 24, at Hawthorne Park in Medford; and May 31, at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. To register, email Phil Gagnon at star@mind.net or call 541-488-4289. For information, see www.siskiyouvelo.org

Traffic skills class

Saturday, May 17: The Siskiyou Velo club will hold a Traffic Skills 101 course at 9:30 a.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. The fast-paced, 3-hour class covers rules of the road, bike-handling practice and a short ride in traffic. Class size is capped at 12. Cost is $12 for club members and $18 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, see http://bit.ly/SV_ED_5_17_14

Northern California Cycle Challenge

Saturday, May 24: Northern California Cycle Challenge and Cycle Siskiyou will hold a cycling event featuring 100-, 45- and 35-mile loops that will end at the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls. The rides will showcase remote areas of the Tulelake/Klamath Falls region in Northern California and Southern Oregon. For information, see northerncaliforniacyclechallenge.com or contact Laurie Bagley at lauriebagley@gmail.com or 541-399-7226.

Siskiyou Velo rides

Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.

Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact David Chapman at 541-488-0152.

Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, June 4: On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS conducts a bird walk at Agate Lake, about two miles east of the Highway 62/140 intersection. Birders should meet at the parking lot on the far side of the lake across from the boat dock. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end before noon. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by the walk participants. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, mworr2@charter.net). Contact him if you are willing to help.

Run The Ditch Trail

Saturday, May 24: The annual 5- and 10-mile runs along the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail are sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners and the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association. The runs start at 9 a.m. at the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead in the Little Applegate. For race details and registration, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.

Agony of DeFeet

Thursday, May 29: The 35th annual run features 2K and 5K runs through rural neighborhoods around Griffin Creek Elementary School. The 5K goes uphill to the turnaround and downhill to the finish line. To register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.

Gold Dust Days Run

Saturday, June 7: The annual race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Ray's Food Place in Gold Hill. Both the 5K and 10K courses are flat and fast. The 5K goes out and back. The 10K is a loop course. To register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.