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Get Out: Friday, May 17

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Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hike

Sunday, May 19: Family Walkabout at Rogue River Preserve, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s a chance for families to explore the Rogue River Preserve. Recommended for children 3 and older. Bring your little ones and let them discover the wonders of nature. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy beside the river. For more information on the conservation of the preserve, go to the Heart of the Rogue webpage. Guide is educator Kat Whyte. To learn more and to register, see landconserve.org.

Vireos and vegetated soil lifts on Little Butte Creek

Monday, May 20: An expert birder and two stream habitat restoration specialists will lead a three-hour hike along the lower reaches of Little Butte Creek on the Denman Wildlife Area from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hikers will see and hear neo-tropical migrant birds in the extensive streamside forest and explore a recently restored stream channel. Carpooling to the site is encouraged, because a parking pass (available from ODFW) is needed. For more information, eail info@rogueriverwc.org, call 541-423-6158, or see http://bit.ly/HikeInformation_Vireos_Denman/. Register at http://bit.ly/Registration_Vireos_Denman/

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, May 25: The Rogue Valley Walkers’ 10K walk in Talent will meet at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Talent Cafe, 160 N. Pacific Highway. For more information and complete driving directions, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com, or call 541-582-2607.

Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes

Saturday, May 25: Botanist Dennis Odion and ecologist Jay Lininger will lead a hike to look at post-Klamathon fire effects in lower Scotch Creek in the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area, a California addition to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument north of Iron Gate Reservoir. Easy hiking on a gated road and old track, with distance depending on the group. Wildflowers and maybe some shallow stream crossings. To learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland and more details, email sodamtnwild@yahoo.com. (Note: Starting time for this hike has been changed from 7:30 a.m.)

Sunday, May 26: Botanist John Villella will lead a shuttled trip inside expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument boundaries. The group will hike the Grizzly Peak loop trail to its far west end and then head cross-country and down through the Grizzly Peak Preserve to Pompadour Drive east of Ashland. About 7 miles; long and difficult. To learn the 8 a.m. meeting point in Ashland and more details, email sodamtnwild@yahoo.com.

Sunday, June 2: Ecologist Jay Lininger will lead a ramble around Canyon Ridge east of Ashland in a Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion area. Impressive views west across the Bear Creek Valley and east to Table Mountain from this botanically interesting and obscure mixed-conifer and oak-savannah area. Moderate to difficult; three to four miles of mostly off-trail hiking, some steep. To learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland and more details, email sodamtnwild@yahoo.com.

Saturday, June 8: SOU aquatic biologist Michael Parker will lead a tough 4-mile hike at the far northern end of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion from above Lost Creek Falls down Lost Creek Canyon to Lost Lake. Quite difficult. Email parker@sou.edu to learn 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland and more details.

Sunday June 9: SOU aquatic biologist Michael Parker will lead this easy/moderate, mile-plus, off-trail hike in a northern addition to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument through old-growth forest to a rocky promontory a few miles east of Grizzly Peak on the Butte/Bear Creek divide with a spectacular view. Email sodamtnwild@yahoo.com for details and to learn 2 p.m. meeting point near Grizzly Peak.

Sunday, June 16: Trout Unlimited senior scientist emeritus Jack Williams will explore the eastern edge of the original Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument off-trail down lower Johnson Creek to where it joins Jenny Creek above Fredenberg Meadow and then farther down Jenny Creek Canyon below the meadow. On March 12, the Oregon stretch of Jenny Creek received “Scenic” status under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Moderate to difficult; expect wet creek crossings. Email sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to learn 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Saturday, June 22: Ramble along the top of Surveyor Mountain Ridge in the expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s far northeastern corner with ornithologist and Rogue Valley Audubon Conservation Co-Chair Pepper Trail and ecologist Evan Frost. Scientists say this higher forest adds important climate refugia for the Monument. About two cross-country miles with relatively little elevation change. Easy. Email sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to learn 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Saturday, June 29: National Park Service botanist Dominic DiPaolo will explore the classic remnant forest of the Little Hyatt old-growth groves in the expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Three-plus miles of off-trail hiking; moderate or easy (route is adjustable). Email sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

KS Wild wildflower hike

Saturday, June 1: Botanist Katelyn Detweiler of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a moderately easy hike from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Greensprings to glimpse some of the wildflower species in the area. Detweiler will be exploring the relationship between fire and flowers. The exact location of the hike will be determined based on weather, and where the flowers are blooming. To sign up for more information about location, carpools and what to bring, see www.kswild.org.

First-Wednesday bird walk

Wednesday, June 5: 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, June 5: 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.katelyn@gmail.com.

Siskiyou Velo

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 lisa4bikes@gmail.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.