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Get Out: Friday, Feb. 1

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Project FeederWatch

Saturday, Feb. 2: Help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, from 9 to 10 a.m. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Feb. 2: The Rogue Valley Walkers will hold a 10K walk in Central Point. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Albertsons parking lot at Exit 33 on the west side of Interstate 5. For more information, see or call 541-582-2607.

Couple Shuffle Relay and Love Stinks 5K

Saturday, Feb. 9: The annual run starts at Rogue Valley Country Club, 2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford, at 9 a.m., with a kids’ fun run at 8:50 a.m. It is the only race in Southern Oregon held on a golf course. The race finishes at the clubhouse, where there will be plenty of refreshments waiting. For details and to register, see and search for Couple Shuffle.

Bavarian Night at Mt. Ashland

Saturday, Feb. 16: Bavarian Night is an annual fundraiser for the Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol. It’s a family-oriented event including night skiing, a fireworks show, live music, food specials and a raffle auction. For details, see

Snowshoe hike

Sunday, Feb. 17: KS Wild’s Michael Dotson will lead a moderately difficult, 3-4 mile winter snowshoe hike above the Rogue Valley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snow accumulation and levels will determine what trail the group hits. Hikers will likely find themselves among the snow-covered evergreens on Mount Ashland or in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Participants must have their own snowshoes, which can be rented for the day from several local retailers. Sign up at to get more details about carpooling and what to bring. Space is limited to a 18 snowshoers.

Crater Lake snowshoe hikes

Through April 28: Ranger-guided snowshoe hikes are offered on weekends and holidays through April. They start at 1 p.m., last two hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free, and there is no cost for the tour (apart from the winter entrance fee of $15 per vehicle). Participants should be at least 8 years old. Pets are not allowed. Advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily.

Cougar Mountain hike

Saturday, Feb. 23: This moderately easy, three-mile hike, organized by KS Wild, goes through oak groves on the south face and up to the summit of Cougar Mountain. The trail is in the Wellington Butte Roadless Area, a proposed 7,527-acre wilderness area in the foothills of the Applegate Valley. The trail is also part of the proposed Applegate Ridge Trail, which would lead from Grants Pass to Ruch and link with the Jack-Ash Trail, which will connect Jacksonville and Ashland. To sign up, and for more information about carpools, meeting locations and what to bring, see

Siskiyou Velo

Registration is open: The fourth annual Up & Down: Ride the Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway will take place Saturday, July 20, starting at Emigrant Lake. Two routes: Scenic Bikeway with 49 miles and 4,900 feet of climbing; Spencer Creek with 96 miles and 7,800 feet. Lunch and free beer will greet riders at the finish. Register at

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

Every Monday: Coffee Ride starts at 10:30 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.

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