Get Out: Friday, Feb. 15
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Beginner/intermediate classic ski lesson/tour
Saturday, Feb. 16: The Southern Oregon Nordic Club will host a ski lesson and tour at 11 a.m. Meet at Hyatt Lake Resort restaurant, aka Campers Cove, across from Hyatt Lake on Hyatt-Prairie Road. Michael Dawkins will teach a lesson followed by a ski tour. The tour route is to be determined. Check your gear, dress appropriately and bring a lunch. If conditions are not safe, the event will be canceled. If you have questions, call Michael Dawkins at 541-482-2703. Leave a message and phone number before he leaves for a lesson, and he will return your call.
Saturday, Feb. 16: Help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, from 9 to 10 a.m. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 16: The Rogue Valley Walkers will hold a 10K walk in Eagle Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Superior Fitness, 155 Alta Vista Road, Central Point. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Bavarian Night at Mt. Ashland
Saturday, Feb. 16: Bavarian Night is an annual fundraiser for the Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol. It’s a family-oriented event including night skiing, a fireworks show, live music, food specials and a raffle auction. For details, see www.mtashland.com/events-things-to-do/.
Sunday, Feb. 17: KS Wild’s Michael Dotson will lead a moderately difficult, 3-4 mile winter snowshoe hike above the Rogue Valley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snow accumulation and levels will determine what trail the group hits. Hikers will likely find themselves among the snow-covered evergreens on Mount Ashland or in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Participants must have their own snowshoes, which can be rented for the day from several local retailers. Sign up at www.kswild.org/events to get more details about carpooling and what to bring. Space is limited to a 18 snowshoers.
Bird Walk at Mingus Pond
Wednesday, Feb. 20: Erin Linton will lead a walk to Mingus Pond along the Bear Creek Greenway in Central Point. Meet at 10 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 961 Medford Center, Medford. Wear layers of clothing appropriate for the weather and good walking shoes that can get wet and muddy. Bring binoculars, a field guide, water and any snacks desired, along with paper and pen or smartphone to record/eBird species seen. Space is limited to 15. Reserve your spot by visiting or calling the store at 541-772-2107.
Wednesday, Feb. 20: If you are new to birding, this short program sponsored by the Rogue Valley Audubon Society will provide some tools to prosper as a new bird watcher. The class, from 6 to 7 p.m., will teach about some of Southern Oregon’s most common bird species, how to use a field guide, and offer some fun activities to get your eyes adjusted for the skies. The class is geared toward adults and youth 15 or older. The class is free, but you must register at Wild Birds Unlimited, 961 Medford Center, Medford, or by calling the store at 541-772-2107.
Rogue River Half-Marathon
Saturday, Feb. 23: The annual half marathon kicks off at 10 a.m. in Fleming Park in Rogue River, and the Watson 5K Memorial Run starts at 10:30. For details and to sign up, see https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/RogueRiver/RogueRiverHalfMarathon5k
Cougar Mountain hike
Saturday, Feb. 23: This moderately easy, three-mile hike, organized by KS Wild, goes through oak groves on the south face and up to the summit of Cougar Mountain. The trail is in the Wellington Butte Roadless Area, a proposed 7,527-acre wilderness area in the foothills of the Applegate Valley. The trail is also part of the proposed Applegate Ridge Trail, which would lead from Grants Pass to Ruch and link with the Jack-Ash Trail, which will connect Jacksonville and Ashland. To sign up, and for more information about carpools, meeting locations and what to bring, see www.kswild.org.
Winter Wildlife Walk at Vesper Meadows
Saturday, Feb. 23: Jeanine Moy of Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will lead a wildlife walk from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cascades on the north side of the Monument at Buck Prairie II along the Dead Indian Plateau. The hike will focus on mammal and bird tracking, habitat observations, and reading the wider landscape for clues of the land-use history. Expect 1.5 miles of walking on uneven ground, off-trail, and likely through snow. Wear appropriate waterproof layers, gloves, boots and bring a daypack with water and lunch. Some refreshments will be provided. Field guides and camera encouraged. Self-organized carpool available from Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 9 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, see the EventBrite site at www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-wildlife-walk-tickets-55003755714.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 28: Ranger-guided snowshoe hikes are offered on weekends and holidays through April. They start at 1 p.m., last two hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free, and there is no cost for the tour (apart from the winter entrance fee of $15 per vehicle). Participants should be at least 8 years old. Pets are not allowed. Advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily.
Registration is open: The fourth annual Up & Down: Ride the Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway will take place Saturday, July 20, starting at Emigrant Lake. Two routes: Scenic Bikeway with 49 miles and 4,900 feet of climbing; Spencer Creek with 96 miles and 7,800 feet. Register at upanddownashland.com.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Monday: Coffee Ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and covers 25-30 miles at a moderate to brisk pace; flat. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.