Get Out: Aug. 28, 2008

Sierra Club outings
Saturday: Devil’s Peak, Sky Lakes Basin loop, 14 miles, strenuous. Call Peter for details, 951-9139.
Saturday-Monday: Backpacking trip to Mountain Lakes in the Cascades. Views, lakes and flowers abound this time of year at this high-elevation spot. Mountain Lakes are about 60 miles east of Medford on Highway 140 near Upper Klamath Lake. Trail is accessed by taking four miles of gravel road to the Varney Creek Trailhead. The group will hike 4.5 miles the first day with an elevation gain of 1,566 feet to Zeb Lake. The second day will cover six miles with an elevation gain of 1,606 feet to Lake Harriette. The third day includes a six-mile hike with an elevation gain of 732 feet and 1,194-foot elevation loss to the trailhead. Hiking distances are modest and the pace will be set to the slowest participants. Carpooling opportunities available. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. We will determine a rendezvous point so we can reach the trailhead about 10 a.m. Space is limited so be sure to make a reservation. Contact Al Collinet at, or Darin Banner at 531-7623, for more information and RSVP. You do not need to be a member to participate.

Wild Rogue Hike Series
Saturday: The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Siskiyou Project is leading lead hikes into the proposed wilderness along the Lower Rogue River on the last Saturday of each month through Oct. 25. Enjoy diverse wild forests, extraordinary wildlife viewing and clear creeks tumbling into the mighty Rogue. The group will discuss wilderness and wild and scenic proposals for the area, as well as Bureau of Land Management’s logging plans in the area. Carpools leave the Gooseberries Natural Foods parking lot (1533 N.E. F St.) in Grants Pass at 10 a.m. and will meet at the Graves Creek boat ramp at 11 a.m. Bring hiking shoes, clothing layers, food and water. Hikes are moderate and approximately five to seven miles. For more information call 541-488-5789, e-mail or go to

Whopper Hike Series
Sept. 20: In 2007, the Bureau of Land Management released a draft proposal called the Western Oregon Plan Revisions, also known as WOPR, which would guide the management of 2.5 million acres of public forests in western Oregon. This hikewill venture into Long Gulch in the Applegate Valley, part of the Medford District BLM public lands that would be affected by WOPR. The group will cover a one-way, downhill, off-trail hike from the top of Long Gulch through the drainage of this unique, trellised watershed that is home to the largest block of low-elevation old-growth in the Applegate Valley. The Applegate Valley was designated as an Adaptive Management Area under the Northwest Forest Plan, and under WOPR it is proposed as a Timber Management Area. The east boundary of Long Gulch is also the proposed boundary for the Johns Peak Off-Highway Vehicle Emphasis Area. Difficult, 3.5 miles. Meet at the Ruch Market at 9 a.m. Bring good hiking shoes, water, food and clothing layers. For more information, contact the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center at 488-5789 or e-mail

Oct. 5: Mt. Elijah and the Oregon Caves. Hike to Bigelow Lakes and Mount Elijah with the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center to enjoy expansive views and learn about pending legislation to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument and retire a grazing allotment in this botanically rich roadless area. Moderate, five miles. Meet at Gooseberries in Grants Pass at 9 a.m. For more information call 541-488-5789, e-mail or go to

Saturday: “Name that Park” Walk, 8-10:20 a.m., Grants Pass. Expect some hills as we explore Grants Pass with a focus on city parks. We will cross the Rogue briefly on the “ribbon bridge.” Free, reservations not required. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Ray’s Food Place parking lot in front of store. Volksmarch Club walks by the Rogue Valley Walkers, 5K or 10K walks. Leashed dogs welcome. For more information call George, 541-772-8311.

Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., a group run leaves the Rogue Valley Runners store, 161 E. Main St. in downtown Ashland. All ability levels are encouraged to show. Group runs an easy/social six to seven miles on trails and roads in and around Lithia Park. Call 201-0014 with questions.

Lithia Park Nature Walks
Every Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11:30 a.m., rain or shine, trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation lead an easy 90-minute nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park, across from the plaza in Ashland. Free. For information, call 488-5340.

Sept. 13: Talent Harvest Festival 10K/5K run and walk. The 10K is a challenging, hilly course with great views. The 5K is out and back with gradual climbs and drops. Race starts at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park. Parking on Front Street by the tracks and Main Street above the tracks. Packet pick-up and late registration is 7-7:45 a.m. Entry form available at Southern Oregon Runners Web site:

Oct. 11: Jacksonville Stage Coach Run 5K/10K. The 38th annual run starts at 8:30 a.m. at West D and Oregon streets. This is a spectacularly beautiful, scenic, rolling, out-and-back course with views of Roxy Ann Peak, Mount McLoughlin and the Table Rocks. Pre-registration by Oct. 7 is $15, $20 after. Race-day registration open from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Ribbons to the top three finishers in each age group. Lots of random drawings after the race. Last year 47 percent of all runners received a random-drawing gift, so don’t miss out on the festivities. Must be present to win. Entry form available at Southern Oregon Runners Web site:

Mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women’s mountain bike ride that leaves from their shop in Grants Pass at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 1448 Williams Hwy. Contact: Richard Amneus, 541-476-4935,
Every Wednesday, John’s Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John’s Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact: Jana Jenson, 899-9190, More information at Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association Web site,
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves from their shop, 1448 Williams Hwy., at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact: Richard Amneus, 476-4935 or
Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport’s crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time pressed or gravity challenged. Singletrack descents are of intermediate ability. Contact: Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935,
Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don’s Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding before they have to open up. Contact Don or Shawn, 541-471-3494.
Every Sunday, SOMBA Show 'N’ Go Rides, Ashland. Meet at the Lithia Park band shell parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Ride route and intensity are determined by who shows and goes. Contact Lisa with questions, 201-0933,

Siskiyou Velo Club rides
Saturday: Lake Creek and back, 50 miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at Hawthorne Park in Medford. Pace to be determined. No Ride Leader.
Sunday: Gold Hill, Rogue River and back, 50 miles. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Hawthorne Park in Medford. Pace to be determined. Contact Jack Buster, 664-2870.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes, 857-0819, covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.
Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader Glen Gann, 779-6986.
Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Varied mileage and varied start times. Ride leader Rick Berlet, 488-0036.

Sept. 3, and Oct. 1: A monthly Wednesday bird walk organized by the Rogue Valley Audubob Society along the greenway at Central Point. Meet at the dirt lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street at 8:30 a.m. For more information contact Denny Niebuhr at 482-6849 or

Sept. 13: Summer Saturday Morning Bird Walks for All Ages, 8-9 a.m. Birding experts from the Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Klamath Bird Observation lead the walks through North Mountain Park to see and hear the variety of birds that spend their summers in the Rogue Valley. Binoculars and field guides will be available for check-out. North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Free. Register online at or call 488-6606

Klamath Bird Observatory outings
Sept. 6: KBO Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake. Spot waterfowl, waders, raptors and songbirds at this Ashland-area lake. Oak woodland and aquatic species prevail. Bring your scope. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Leader: Dick Ashford, KBO board president. To register, call 482-3241.
Sept. 13: KBO Birdwalk to Agate Lake. View raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and waders surrounding the lake, and songbirds of the fields and oak woodlands. Bring your scope. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Leader: Harry Fuller, KBO birdwalk leader. To register, call 770-1104.
Sept. 20: Bird banding at Jefferson Nature Center, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. View songbirds up close at KBO’s newest ecological monitoring station. Meet at the nature center (Medford Sports and Community Park). No registration. $5 donation suggested.
Oct. 4: Birdwalk at Bear Creek sites. Learn about the importance of riparian habitat for birds. Ends at Salmon Festival. Leader: Ashley Dayer. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop. Free. To register, 541-482-3241.

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
Saturday, 6-8 p.m.: Jon Carlson, a teacher and practitioner of herbology, will lead an informative exploration of native and naturalized edible and medicinal plants at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the beneficial properties of many common plants, with tips on gathering and preparation. Printed information will be provided. Cost is $20 for ages 12 and up. Register online at or call 541-488-6606

Wings & Wine Gala
Sept. 19: At sunset, Vaux’s Swifts will swirl into the chimney of the Voorhies Mansion at Eden Vale Winery. Join the Klamath Bird Observatory in experiencing this spectacle while supporting bird and habitat conservation. Enjoy wine, seasonal organic food, a not-so-silent auction and lively music. 6-10 p.m. Tickets cost $45 ($55 at the door). For tickets, contact Klamath Bird Observatory ( or 541-201-0866) or visit Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland.

Ashland Outrigger Canoe Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.: Ashland Outrigger Canoe Club offers paddling from March through November on Emigrant Lake. The program is designed for anyone age 14 or older who wants to experience the benefits of aerobic exercise and the joy of participating in a team sport that is steeped in the culture and traditions of the Polynesian people.
This club has become a community-wide program with goals of empowering individuals, encouraging physical fitness and building ohana (family/community) through recreational and competitive paddling in the spirit of the Polynesians.
All paddling and safety gear, basic instruction and coaching are provided. For details about the club, introductory paddling clinics, or other information, call 488-8520 or e-mail

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