Get Out: Friday, April 26
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Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 27: A 10K walk will explore historic neighborhoods in Grants Pass. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street. A 5K option is available. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 28: It’s the last weekend for ranger-guided snowshoe hikes at Crater Lake. 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. 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.
Hike: Wildflowers of Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area
Sunday, April 28: The Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a hike to explore burned areas of the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area with Danika from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area covers about 5,000 acres of USFWS property, supplemented by 4,000 acres of BLM land. Formerly a working cattle ranch, the terrain consists of rolling to steep hills of shrubs, oaks and conifers surrounding Scotch Creek and several of its tributaries. The group will see how native flora has made a comeback on the ranch since parts of the area burned in the Klamathon fire last summer. The trailhead has limited parking. Meet Danika at the gas station in Hornbrook, California, at 9 a.m., then it’s about a 30-minute carpool to the trailhead. There is day pass fee of $4.32 per person. For more information or to sign up, email Katelyn Detweiler at Detweiler.email@example.com.
First-Wednesday bird walk
Wednesday, May 1: Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds first-Wednesday bird walks at Denman Wildlife Area. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. Species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/.
Native grass and forb seed crop tour
Saturday, May 4: The Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a trip to visit J. Herbert Stone Forest Service Nursery, a major reforestation nursery for people who use the harvested seed in wildland restoration projects on public lands. Most of the seed crops are bolting or blooming this time of year, so it’s a good time to visit and learn about growing them. Wayne Rolle, a retired Forest Service botanist and a volunteer at JHSN, will lead a field trip to learn more about native grass and forb seed grown at JHSN. To join the leisurely 2 1/2-hour walking tour, meet at 10 a.m. at the main JHSN entrance on Hanley Road (0.35 miles north of the intersection with Ross Lane, and please note this is not the Old Stage Road entrance). For more information or to sign up, email Katelyn Detweiler at Detweiler.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birding in the Applegate
Saturday, May 4: Naturalist Anne Goff will introduce the art of birding, review local bird species, and share what to look for: bird shapes, beaks and more, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Goff will also lead participants on a local bird walk. Bring binoculars, if possible. This all-ages program includes birding activities for children.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy community hikes
The hikes are free but fill up quickly. To read more about each hike and to register, go to landconserve.org. If a hike is full, join the waiting list as cancellations do happen.
Saturday, April 27: Birding the Rogue River Preserve, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Biologist and writer Brandon Breen will lead a birding trip on this private property along the Rogue River outside of Eagle Point. Habitats include oak woodland, grassland, chaparral and an extensive floodplain forest with large black cottonwoods and black oaks. Birds may include Lewis’s woodpecker, western bluebird, oak titmouse, pygmy owl and bald eagle, as well as spring migrants.
Wednesday, May 1: Hike Lower Table Rock, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn about this iconic rock while hiking 3.5 miles roundtrip. BLM Interpreter Molly Allen will share information at stops along the way to the top including the geological formation of the Table Rocks, conservation, history and the flora and fauna found along the trail. Expect singing birds, beautiful flowers and outstanding views.
Bees and blossoms hike
Saturday, May 4: KS Wild will hold a moderately easy hike within the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to identify some prime pollinator species. Bee expert Brian Dykstra of Native Bee Society will explore the world of bees and their relationship to wildflowers. To sign up for more information about location, carpools and what to bring, see www.kswild.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.