Get Out: Dec. 29, 2010

Sierra Club hikes
Saturday, Nov. 13:
Moderate, nine- to 10-mile hike to Pilot Rock. For details call Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.
Saturday, Nov. 20: Greensprings mountain loop, six to seven miles, moderate. Call Cathy Edwards for details at 541-210-0204.

Native Plant Society outings
Sunday, Oct. 31: Fall fungi hike led by Wayne Rolle, John Teem and John Villella. Destination will be in the Cascades on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Exact site to be determined based on how the mushroom season is shaping up at that time. To carpool, meet in visitor parking at the Medford Interagency Office at 3040 Biddle Road, Medford. Group will return to Medford by 5 p.m. For more information call Rolle at 541-482-0093.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Thursday, Nov. 4: The Nordic club's first meeting of the new season will be held at D&S Harley-Davidson, 3846 S. Pacific Highway, from 7 to 9 p.m. Local vendors will be there with new ski equipment. Dates for weekend outings will be posted. For more information, go to

Lithia Loop Marathon
Saturday, Nov. 6: Starting and finishing in Lithia Park, the course circumnavigates the Ashland watershed and accumulates 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails with approximately two miles of asphalt. Space is limited to 300 runners. Early entry fee is $60 before Oct. 31. Race-day entry fee is $75. Organized by Rogue Valley Runners,

Pioneer Road Run
Saturday, Nov. 13: Nine-mile run and 5K race begin at 9 a.m. Start and finish are at Phoenix High School. Cost before Nov. 7 is $10 for Southern Oregon Runners members, $13 for nonmembers. Late registration is $13 and $15. For more information, visit or call race director Jan Griffin at 541-664-2323.

Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.

Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.

Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.

Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee 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 Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday, women's rides, Grants Pass: From April through October, Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that meets and leaves from its shop at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours on average and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 785 Rogue River Hwy. Contact Richard Amneus: 541-476-4935 or

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at

Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt Trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: BikeKraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 785 Rogue River Highway. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935 or check out

Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

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. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, Nov. 6: Field trip to TouVelle Park. Meet at 8 a.m. in the Food 4 Less parking lot, on south side behind the hotel. Leader is Edith Linder, 541-773-7580. Easy walking. There's a $3 parking fee. Walk ends about noon. Bring a snack and your own drink.

Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Nov. 6: Family Birding Day. Children ages 5-12 and their parents can attend a fun-filled morning of learning about birds. Try out binoculars and field guides, learn about local birds, and take a walk through Lithia Park to see ducks, songbirds and more. Leader is Liz Williams, KBO education and outreach projects leader. Meet at 10 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Ski and Snowboard Swap
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 12-14: The Medford Ski Education Foundation will hold its annual public Ski and Snowboard Swap in the multipurpose room at St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Dr., Medford. The event will start Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. with a seller/merchandise check-in. An early-bird sale will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday night. The Saturday sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A closeout sale will be featured Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All merchandise on the floor Sunday will be discounted up to 50 percent off. Additional details are available for sellers and buyers on the MSEF website at Interested parties can also contact Ron Johnson at 541-621-4699. MSEF is a nonprofit foundation that works to make competitive skiing a viable and affordable opportunity for the high school students in Jackson and Josephine counties. All net proceeds from the swap event are dedicated to that mission. Coaches and ski-team members will be present and throughout the weekend to greet athletes who may be interested in joining the high-school racing program.

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