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Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23: Terry Phillips Memorial modified field archery shoot, and a separate statewide 4-H archery shoot sponsored by Sharp Shooters from Roseburg, will be held at Beekman Ridge Archery Range near Butte Falls. Shoot for one day or two, $20 for one day or $35 for two. 4-H shooters shoot for free. Family rates are offered, and kids younger than 12 shoot for free. Marked yardage, food on site, free camping and fishing. Call 541-951-5581 for more information.
Lost Creek Trail Runs
Saturday, April 22: The event features 50K, 30K, 30K relay and a 5K trail races at Joseph H. Stewart State Park day-use area at Lost Creek Lake in Trail. The 50K starts at 8 a.m., 30K starts at 9 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9:15. Race-day registration runs from 7-8:30 a.m. For details and to register, see http://lctrailruns.com/
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 22: The 10K Ashland Railroad Walk will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street in Ashland. A 5K (about 3.1 miles) option is available. For more information, call 541-582-6209 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Table Rocks guided hikes
The Nature Conservancy and BLM sponsor free hikes during weekends in April and May. The hikes are generally limited to 20 people who preregister for the treks. Hikers meet at the Upper or Lower Table Rock trailheads for a moderate-grade hike of up to 4.5 miles round-trip that takes 3 to 5 hours. To register, go online at http://TableRockHikes2017.eventbrite.com or call BLM at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, April 22: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Michael Karnosh, with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, will lead a hike delving into the traditional and culturally important plants of the tribes whose ancestors include the original residents of the Table Rocks area. Molly Morison, stewardship coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, he will discuss modern day Tribal management of conservation properties and various partnerships.
Domingo, 23 de Abril: 1 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Caminata Familiar en español: Evan Barrientos, empleado de The Nature Conservancy, guiará una caminata a través de Lower Table Rock en español. Mientras disfrutando del paisaje y la tranquilidad de este hermoso sitio, Ud. aprenderá sobre las plantas, animales, historia, y gestión de ello. ¡Descubra un lugar fantástico para explorar con sus hijos o hacer ejercicio! Para obtener más información, llame al 541-770-7933 x 3#.
Saturday, April 29: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Archeologist Jeff LaLande will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the Table Rocks area during the “Indian Wars” of the 1850s.
Saturday, April 29: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Geologist Jad D'Allura and soils specialist Joni Brazier will discuss the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features and soils along a hike to the top of this ancient lava flow.
Sunday, April 30: 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Sarah "Bee Girl" Red-Laird and botanist Sasha Joachims will explore how bee pollination is essential and discuss some pollinator-conservation projects on nearby public lands.
Saturday, May 6: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Two scientists-turned-artists will lead a nature sketching and journaling hike. Botanist and forest ecologist Paula Fong and Darlene Southworth, a retired Southern Oregon University biology professor and watercolorist, will share their perspectives of the landscapes. Bring a sketch pad and pencils or pens; watercolors are optional. Limited to 15 hikers.
Sunday, May 7: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Yoga instructor Amanda Barron will lead a hike that will include basic yoga postures and stretching along the trail and balancing postures at the top. No yoga experience is necessary.
Rogue Riverkeeper talk: The Mysterious Lamprey
Thursday, April 27: Stewart Reid will shed light on one of the most elusive of our native sea-run fishes, the Pacific lamprey. While salmon get all the limelight, lamprey have a unique and amazing life history that has allowed these ancient fish to survive in our local streams for eons. The talk will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GEOS/Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Refreshments available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org orcall 541-488-9831. RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-series-4-the-mysterious-lamprey-tickets-33467545329
KS Wild hikesThursday, April 27: Pollinator Walk at Upper Table Rock from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. KS Wild and and the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley will lead an early-season pollinator walk to explore spring blooms and newly emerging native bees, wasps and other pollinators. Participants will learn about insect collection and observation skills, about pollinator life cycles and habitat needs, and some of the rare flowers endemic to the Table Rocks. Bring a bag lunch, water and appropriate layers. Butterfly nets, small clear containers and field guides optional. Cameras are highly encouraged. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Upper Table Rock trailhead, or to carpool from Ashland, meet at 9:45 at Northwest Nature Shop on Oak Street in Ashland. For more information, see http://kswild.org
Sunday, April 30: Rainie Falls Trail hike, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Moderate, 4-mile round-trip hike will go along the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River, where the group may see eagles, osprey, heron or otters. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, warm layers and lunch. Sign up at kswild.org, email email@example.com, or call 541-488-5789.
Saturday, May 13: Pilot Rock and PCT hike, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This hike will follow the Pacific Crest Trail to the Pilot Rock Trail for a total of 5 easy-moderate miles. The group will see sweeping vistas of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and talk about the expansion area. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, warm layers and lunch. Sign up at kswild.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-488-5789.
Saturday, May 27: Illinois Valley Wildflower Hike, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This easy hike near the Illinois River will focus on finding and identifying wildflowers found on serpentine soils. Bring lunch, water and wildflower identification books. Sign up at kswild.org, email email@example.com, or call 541-488-5789.
Siskiyou Mountain Club volunteer outings
Volunteers have the opportunity to work with SMC field coordinator Aaron Babcock to strengthen their skills and get to know these areas better. Participants supply food, basic gear, and should be self-sufficient in backcountry settings. SMC provides transportation, tools and leadership.
Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3: Mule Creek Trail, Wild Rogue Wilderness: After a battering winter, there will be plenty of work to do on the Mule Creek Trail, which features pristine gorges, mixed forests and lots of history. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Tuesday-Thursday, May 9-11: Soda Mountain Wilderness: These are not overnight trips, so cherry-pick the dates. Work on the Boccard Point, Pilot Rock, Lone Pilot and Pacific Crest trails. Email email@example.com for details and to sign up.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
Reservations are required for SOLC's annual spring hikes. To reserve a slot or to get on a waiting list for a particular hike, as well as details on when and where to meet, see www.landconserve.org.
Saturday, May 6: Kristi Mergenthaler will lead a 10 a.m. wildflower hike through Ashland's Imperatrice property east of Ashland.
Sunday, May 7: SOLC Land Steward Karen Hussey will lead an 8 a.m. birding hike through the Jacksonville Woodlands behind the Britt Festival property.
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 Melo 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso.Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.