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Get Out: June 13, 2014

Soda Mountain Wilderness Council

SMWC will lead hikes every weekend in June. Led by local naturalists, the free hikes will explore wildlands near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that some scientists recommend be added to the monument. Most trips involve at least a little off-trail, cross-country hiking. All hikes will meet in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'n Kart in Ashland. Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Space may be limited, depending on the hike. Ask the hike leader for their best estimate of return time. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader. Hikers must sign a liability waiver at trip-start.

Sunday, June 15: Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic ornithologist and Rogue Valley Audubon Society Conservation Committee Co-chair Pepper Trail (ptrail@ashlandnet.net) and SMWC board member Carol Wright on a mellow walk into the Scotch Creek oak/savannah parkland of California's Horseshoe Wildlife Area, long proposed for addition to both the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness. Be prepared for very shallow creek crossings. Bring your binoculars for birding. Easy/moderate. Meet at 8 a.m.

Saturday, June 21: Join Jay Lininger, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity (jlininger@biologicaldiversity.org; 928-853-9929), on a summer solstice exploration of the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves and Sampson Rim with a look at BLM's attempts to road and commercially log these potential Monument expansion-area forests. About three miles of off-trail hiking. Moderate-plus difficulty. Meet at 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 28: Join National Park Service terrestrial ecologist Dennis Odion and consulting ecologist Evan Frost (efrost2@gmail.com), both SMWC board members, for a hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this roughly 5-mile hike, mostly on trail. Moderate. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Friday-Saturday, June 20-21: Botanist John Villella will share photos and talk about butterflies and wildflowers of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Medford library, Large Meeting Room, 205 S. Central Ave. On Saturday, he will lead a wildflower and butterfly hike along the Hobart Bluff Trail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group will meet at the Hobart Bluff Trailhead on Soda Mountain Road. For information, email cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, June 28: 10K walk in Rogue River, where the town will be celebrating its Rooster Crow Festival. A 5K option is available. Meet at 7:45 a.m. for registration at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road. For more information, call 541-245-9356.

Northwest Nature Shop

Saturday, June 14: Wildflower hike to Grizzly Peak will traverse a mix of old-growth forest and open meadows to a view of the valley around Ashland. Children and adults are invited. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Group will leave at 10 a.m. Cost is $5. Space is limited. Call 541-482-3241 for information or to sign up.

Lithia Park Nature Walks

Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays: Ashland Parks and Recreation hosts guided walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. The walks last about an hour and a half and cover a variety of topics about the park. Meet at the park entrance at the Ashland Plaza. Free. Call 541-488-5340.

Britt Woods Firehouse Run

Mondays: Runners can meet above the Britt Pavilion above First and Fir streets in Jacksonville at 6 p.m. every Monday (rain or shine) for a training run in the Jacksonville Woodlands. The 13th Britt Woods Firehouse Run on Saturday, July 12, includes a 2- and 4-mile exhibition at 7 a.m., and the 10K main event at 8 a.m. A 100-yard fun run for children starts at 7:30 a.m. Call race director Doug Naversen at 541-890-7240 or 541-899-1214 for information. See the race calendar at sorunners.org to register.

The Chris Lopez Classic

Saturday, June 14: A half-marathon begins at 7 a.m. and 5K and 10K races start at 9 a.m. at Greenhorn Park in Yreka, Calif. Proceeds benefit the Chris Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards two scholarships to cross-country runners from Yreka, Etna or Mt. Shasta high schools. See http://chrislopezclassic.org/index.html

Granite Man

Saturday-Sunday, June 14-15: The Granite Man Triathlon and Duathlon are Saturday, and the 10-mile Mountain Run is Sunday, along with a new time trial mountain-bike race around the lake. Other events are included, as well. For details, see www.granite-man.com/blog/

Longest Day Run

Tuesday, June 17: The 5K run/walk begins at 7:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Park Pavilion next to the tennis courts. For details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.

Rogue River Rooster Crow Run

Saturday, June 28: 5K and 2-mile runs begin at Rogue River Middle School Beck Field. Courses are flat and fast. For details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.

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 Saturday: VeloShip rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. The rides are for experienced riders who wish to ride at a moderate average pace (14-16 mph); 30 to 60 miles, some hills. Contact Wayne Evitts at 541-816-0007.

Every Saturday: VeloMello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. 20 to 25 miles, Rides are easy pace (10-13 mph) and terrain with frequent stops to regroup. No one will be dropped. Mostly flat, neighborhoods and country roads. Contact Elaine Sweet at 541-482-8332.

Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.

Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 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, July 2: 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.

Weed Whomping Wednesday

Wednesday, June 18: Help the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy control yellow starthistle on a gorgeous, privately protected piece of land in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (Sky King Cole) off Pilot Rock Road. Your service will be rewarded with treats and educational pauses. The group will meet some mountain wildflowers and enjoy the beauty while pulling invasive plants. The group will carpool at 9:30 a.m. from the SOLC office at 84 Fourth St. in Ashland; meet at the C street entrance. For more information, call 541-482-3069.

Let's Pull Together

Saturday, June 21: The Jackson County Cooperative Weed Management Area's 7th annual Let's Pull Together volunteer event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center, 2931 S Pacific Highway, Medford. The community work party is aimed at reducing the spread of noxious weeds and helping to beautify Bear Creek. Join in the Teasel Toss, Garden Tool Showdown and Blackberry Wrangling. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, barbecue lunch and raffle prizes. Call 541-690-8799 or see rogueweeds.info for more information.