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Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Ashland Parks and Recreation offers free, guided nature walks in Lithia Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May through September. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call 541-488-5340.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, June 6: RVAS holds first-Wednesday bird walks at Denman Wildlife Area. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. Species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hikes
Saturday, June 2: Ecologist Jay Lininger will lead a ramble around Canyon Ridge (elevation 4,400 feet). Impressive views west across the Bear Creek Valley and east to Table Mountain from this botanically interesting, obscure and very nice mixed-conifer and oak-savannah area. Moderate to difficult, 3 or 4 miles of mostly off-trail hiking, some steep. Sign up at email@example.com to get more information and learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.
Saturday, June 9: SOU aquatic biologist Michael Parker will lead a tough, 4-mile round-trip hike along the Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon (elevation 3,300 feet) and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known Jenny Creek Falls (elevation 2,700 feet) in California. The hike down to the falls and back is more like a mountain climb scramble. Quite difficult. Sign up with Michael Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information and learn the 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, June 9: 10K walk in the Ashland Railroad District. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hike
Saturday, June 9: Cathedral Hills hike, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead a hike on the trails at Cathedral Hills just outside Grants Pass. To learn more and to register, go to landconserve.org.
Star Thistle Pull
Saturday, June 9: The fourth annual Star Thistle Pull at Mariposa Preserve in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The event is organized by the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, KS Wild, and monument staff. The goal is to clear yellow star thistle in the habitat of the rare Green’s Mariposa lily (Calochortus greenei) and observe wildflowers blooming along the way. Volunteers will gather for pizza and drinks at Caldera Brewery following the event. For more information and carpool locations, sign up at 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 email@example.com.
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.