Get Out: Friday, Aug. 16
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Explore the Rogue: Springs in Summer
Saturday, Aug. 17: Medford Water Commission Watershed Administrator Craig Harper and two staff and board members from Rogue River Watershed Council will lead a four-hour tour of the springs and waterfalls in the Upper Rogue River Basin. Explore Whiskey Springs near Mount McLoughlin, Fourbit Creek, Willow Lake and Big Butte Springs — all in the Medford municipal watershed. Big Butte Springs is closed to the public, so this will be a special opportunity to see the springs and hear about the geology and history of this pristine water source. There will be several short guided hikes during the tour, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tour limited to 15 people. For more information, see www.rogueriverwc.org/event/explore-the-rogue-big-butte-springs/. Register at http://bit.ly/Registration_SpringsInSummer.
Siskiyou Mountain Club outings
Saturday, Aug. 17: Brush out Kalmiopsis Rim from Onion Camp. Join SMC and the U.S. Forest Service to help brush out a short, thick section of the Kalmiopsis Rim Trail from Onion Camp. Beginners welcome. Will meet at 7:30 a.m. in Selma and be back by 5 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25: Overnight backpack into Young’s Valley. Camp under the stars and see the wild recesses of the Siskiyou Wilderness on this easy overnight backpack into the Siskiyou Wilderness. We’ll hike a couple miles into Young’s Valley, and then the group will have options of different day hikes from there. Beginners are highly encouraged. The trip is free and everyone is welcome. The trip is led by SMC board officers Dave Brennan and Tami Kelly, who are known for their excellent instruction and high degree of patience. Email email@example.com for details and to sign up.
Sunday, Aug. 25: Pilot Rock work day with Luke Brandy. SMC member Luke Brandy will lead an easy day of trail work on the Pilot Rock Trail. The main focus will be trimming brush that has grown into the trail corridor and mitigating erosion by clearing the tread of debris. There are also two logs to crosscut. The hike is 3 miles round trip and there will be an opportunity to climb to the top of Pilot Rock to take in the breathtaking views and enjoy cookies and meat sticks. No experience needed. This is a great trip for beginners and seasoned hikers alike. Carpool will leave the Rite-Aid parking lot in Ashland at 8 a.m., and we will be back to the trailhead by 4:30 p.m. Email Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and for more details.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Aug. 24: 10K walk in Jacksonville. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot on D Street, across the bridge from the Jacksonville library. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Introduction to Oregon Caves
Wednesday, Aug. 21: Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is tucked away in the mountains outside of Cave Junction, less than two hours from Medford. From the large formations within the cave, to the small millipedes who make their home in the surrounding forest lands, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Oregon Caves. There is much historic and natural beauty to behold within the boundaries of the park, and cave tours are just the beginning. Ranger Rhian Smith will provide an introduction to Oregon Caves, including cave tours, hiking trails and other activities. Park maps and brochures will be available, and there will be time for questions after the presentation. The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html or call 541-732-1938.
Ranger-guided walks in Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Saturdays and Sundays: Every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day, free guided hikes will be offered on various natural and cultural history topics. All hikes meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Information Center (next to Green Springs Inn & Cabins). Registration for the hikes is encouraged, but not required. For more information about individual hike topics and to register, see the website at cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com.
Rogue Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K
Saturday, Oct. 12: The event features point-to-point races along the Bear Creek Greenway. The marathon starts at 7:10 a.m., while the half-marathon and 10K start at 8:10 a.m. Runners are encouraged to park at the Expo and ride the bus to the starting points. The races all finish at the Expo. For details and to register, see http://theroguemarathon.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 email@example.com.
Every Monday: Coffee Ride starts at 9:30 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.