Online hiking tool to be unveiled
The Siskiyou Mountain Club is building an online mapping tool in order to remove some of the guesswork of determining which backcountry trails are maintained regularly, and it will give users a template to provide feedback on trail conditions.
The Siskiyou Trail Finder will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Rogue Valley Runners, 161 E. Main St., Ashland, according to a press release from Gabe Howe, Siskiyou Mountain Club executive director.
For the last eight years, the Siskiyou Mountain Club has been rebuilding entire trail configurations that had disappeared from the landscape. It now maintains a 300-mile inventory of trails on a three-year rotation throughout the Rogue River-Siskiyou, Six Rivers and Klamath national forests, the release said.
Those trails will be found on the Siskiyou Trail Finder. The online mapping platform, built by SMC board member Ryan Ghelfi, is described as an easy-to-use planning tool for trail users, and it will be fed by conditions collected by community volunteers.
The interactive map provides distinctions between trails that are maintained regularly, trail sections known to be impassable or in poor condition, and trail sections whose conditions are unknown — “no more rolling the dice and showing up to trailheads only to realize the path beyond isn’t safe to attempt,” the release said.
The tool will include an option to download GPS routes and share trips with friends.
The SMC is launching a program for trail users to report back on conditions in a standardized format, and that information will be used to update the live map each month, the release said.
For details, see www.siskiyoumountainclub.org/.
Midwinter Jam Series at Mt. Ashland
Friday, Jan. 18: The Midwinter Jam Series features live music, rail jams, twilight skiing, free Moose Munch and s’mores on the deck overlooking the rail jams and scavenger hunts. Music will be provided by The Reverberays (Surf Rock). The jam series continues Feb. 8 and March 8. For details, see www.mtashland.com/events-things-to-do/.
Saturday, Jan. 19: 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, Jan. 19: The Rogue Valley Walkers will hold a 10K walk in Grants Pass. The group will meet in the parking lot of the Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street in Grants Pass at 9:45 a.m. For details, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
SUTA trail work party
Saturday, Jan. 19: The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association will do some trail maintenance on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail — cutting and digging out encroaching vegetation and a focus on widening the tread in some areas — from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SUTA will provide lunch, and volunteers will bake homemade snacks. If you plan to help, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com for directions to the trailhead. See sutaoregon.org/ for details on what to bring.
Jacksonville Forest Park hike
Sunday, Jan. 20: KS Wild will lead a moderately difficult, 4-mile, low-elevation hike through Jacksonville Forest Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family-friendly educational nature walk will incorporate both natural and human history in the area. There are good examples of exposed rock faces that demonstrate the geology of the Klamath-Siskiyou region and a mixed forest of madrone, oak and conifer. For details, see www.kswild.org/events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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