Sierra Club hikes
Saturday: Hobart Bluff snowshoe, seven miles, moderate to difficult. Call Cathy Edwards for details: 210-0204.
March 7: Strenuous 12-mile hike along the Middle Fork of the Applegate River, Peter Grant, 951-9139.
March 14: Strenuous 11-mile hike on the Mule Mountain/Mule Creek Loop, some off-trail possible, George Lescher, 482-4477.
March 21: Moderate five- to seven-mile hike on the Ashland trail system, Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
April 11: Strenuous 14-mile hike to the Squaw Lakes lookout, Peter Grant, 951-9139.
April 18: Moderate seven-mile hike in the Jacksonville Woodlands, Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
April 25: Strenuous 13-mile hike from Applegate Lake to Stein Butte and Squaw Lakes, George Lescher, 482-4477.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Free, ranger-guided snowshoe hikes continue every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. through April. The hikes cover a mile of moderately difficult terrain through forests, meadows and along the craters rim, and last for about 90 minutes. Participants should be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on the tours is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 541-594-3100 for information or to sign up. School groups, outdoor clubs and other groups of 10 or more people can arrange for special tours by calling 541-594-3093. The park does not charge an entrance fee in the winter. The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
March 7: Advanced ski tour to McDonald Peak, Mount Ashland. Call Gene Robbins for details: 482-0180.
March 7: The Shamrock Run 5-miler is an official Pear Blossom tune-up. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Crater High School in Central Point. Its a flat, fast, out-and-back course that finishes on the track. Race-day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Visit www.sorunners.org for details and entry form.
Pear Blossom 10-mile and 5K runs
April 11: Register online at www.pearblossomrun.com. Shirt deadline is March 15. Forms also are available at Medford Visitors Bureau, Medford Parks and Recreation, Rogue Valley Mall, sports stores, workout places or send a self-addressed, stamped-envelope to Pear Blossom Run, P.O. Box 146, Medford, OR 97501. For more information, telephone Zellah or Jerry Swartsley at 535-1205.
A group of Grants Pass cyclists who call themselves Almost Over The Hill meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, as well as at noon on Wednesday, to ride in the Grants Pass area. They leave from the Spin Cycle Shop parking lot between 6th and 7th just south of D Street. For more information, call Fred at 541-474-4447.
Mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly womens mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact: Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail email@example.com.
Every Wednesday, Johns 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 Johns Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact: Jana Jenson at 899-9190, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Associations Web site, www.somba.org.
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 476-4935, or e-mail email@example.com.
Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sports 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. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Dons 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. Dons is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Dons 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.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Saturday: Meet at Hawthorne Park in Medford at 11 a.m. Distance and pace to be determined. No ride leader.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 857-0819), covers 20-plus 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 is Glen Gann: 779-6986.
Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 10:30 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.
Saturday: Help count the birds that visit the feeders at Ashlands North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with the help of experienced Audubon Society birders. The information that is gathered will be submitted to Cornell Universitys Project FeederWatch database, a continent-wide, citizen-science effort. The program runs alternate Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. through March. Free.
March 7: Rogue Valley Audubon Society eagle quest to Lower Klamath and Tulelake wildlife refuges. Meet in the parking lot of Ashlands Shop N Kart at 8 a.m. sharp. Carpooling is encouraged. This will be a full-day trip to seek gobs of bald eagles, other raptors, tundra swans, plus a trumpeter or two, and many other waterfowl at one of the premier sites in the nation. Bring lunch and dress warmly in layers. Walking will be minimal. All skill levels welcome. Bring a scope if you have one. Call leaders Denny Niebuhr (482-6589) or Jim Harleman (664-7124) for information.
March 7: Birdwalk at Whitehorse County Park (Josephine County). Leader: Vince Zauskey. Meet at 8am at Northwest Nature Shop. Free. To register, 541-482-3241.
March 14: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Emigrant Lake. Leader is Jennifer Bruce. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Free. To register, call 541-770-1104.
March 21: Klamath Bird Observatory Early Birders, Family Bird Activities. Leader is Annie Kilby. Meet at 10 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Free. To register, call 541-482-3241.
April 4: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Lower Table Rock. Leader is Frank Lospalluto. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Free. To register, call 541-482-3241.
April 11: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Agate Lake. Leader is Harry Fuller. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Free. To register, call 541-770-1104.
May 2: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Jacksonville Woodlands. Leader is Harry Fuller. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Free. To register, 541-482-3241.
Snowboard Demo Day
Saturday: Mount Shasta Ski and Snowboard Park and the Sportsmens Den are holding a free snowboard demo day on Mount Shasta. Participants can test 2009 and 2010 models of boards, boots and bindings from brands like Burton, DC, Rome, Ride, Forum, Lib-tech, Gnu and Roxy. For details and directions go to www.mtshastasports.com or call 1-530-926-2295.