Get Out: Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

Siskiyou Mountain Club
Saturday, Oct. 22: Gabe Howe will lead a moderate, 6.2-mile hike along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River to Whisky Creek, where there could be a show of spawning salmon. Carpools leave at 7 a.m. from Ashland and 8 a.m. from Grants Pass. See for details and sign up.

KS Wild
Saturday, Oct. 22: KS Wild ecologist Rich Nawa will lead a one-mile hike along Bear Creek to see spawning chinook salmon. Bring Polaroid sunglasses if you have them. Salmon biology will be explained and questions answered. Take the Talent exit off Interstate 5 and meet in the Lynn Newbry parking lot at 1 p.m. Call Nawa at 541-218-7973 for information.

Sunday, Oct. 23: KS Wild ecologist will point out spawning salmon near the parking lot at Fish Hatchery Park on the Applegate River. This area is accessible to all abilities. The group will then hike about one mile of scenic trail to see salmon spawning in a secluded area that requires a short off-trail hike down a hill. An optional trip will view spawning salmon at very close viewing distances near the Applegate Store. Bring Polaroid sunglasses if you have them. To reach Fish Hatchery Park from Grants Pass, drive 3/4 of a mile south on Highway 238 to the light at New Hope Road. Turn right (west) on New Hope and drive about two miles to Fish Hatchery Road. Turn right (west) on Fish Hatchery Road and go another two miles on Fish Hatchery Road. Turn right on Wetherbee Lane before the bridge over the Applegate River. Go about 1/2 mile on Wetherbee, then down the hill to the left into Fish Hatchery Park. Call Nawa at 541-218-7973 for information.

Saturday, Oct. 29: Hike to Middle Fork Applegate. Rogue Riverkeeper's Lesley Adams will lead a moderately difficult, six-mile hike along this lush riverside trail that's actually in California but is most accessible from Oregon. The Middle Fork Trail offers stunning beauty, diverse wildflowers, old-growth forests and cascading water that originates on the Siskiyou Crest. Carpools leave Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ruch Country Store at 10 a.m.

Sunday Oct. 30, and Saturday, Nov. 5: KS Wild ecologist Rich Nawa will lead an easy one-mile hike on flat ground to see salmon spawning along the East Fork and West Fork Illinois River at 1 p.m. The group will then drive to Little Falls on the Illinois River near Kerby at 3 p.m. to hike about 1/2 mile to see leaping salmon. The trail to Little Falls is steep and rocky near the falls. Illinois Forks State Park turn-off is about 1/2 mile south of Cave Junction. Call Nawa at 541-218-7973 for information.

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Oct. 22: 10K walk in East Medford. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Medford Center parking lot on Jackson Street across from Hawthorne Park. For information, call 541-734-3719.

Saturday, Nov. 5: This 10K walk in Grants Pass is called the “Name that Park” walk. It begins at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Ray's Food Place on 7th Street. For information, call 541-734-3719.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Rogue Valley Walkers will explore historic Jacksonville. This 10K walk begins at 10 a.m. in the public parking lot on D Street. Please arrive early so everyone can sign in and become acquainted before the starting time. For information, call 541-245-9356.

Monster Dash
Saturday, Oct. 29: Three runs, a 1-miler, 5K and 10K, start and end in Lithia Park near Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. The 1-miler begins at 10 a.m., and the two longer races start at 10:45 a.m. A costume contest starts at 9:30 a.m. See for details and to register.

Lithia Loop Trail Marathon
Saturday, Nov. 5: The race, sponsored by Rogue Valley Runners store, starts and ends in Lithia Park. The course circumnavigates the Ashland watershed, accumulating 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails with about two miles of asphalt. Starting time is 8 a.m. For details and to register, see

Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.

Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.

Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 10 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.

Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 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 Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at

Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email

Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at

Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Nov. 5: Birdwalk to Ashland Pond led by local birder Forrest English. Group will look for wood duck, ruby-crowned kinglet, wintering sparrows and raptors such as red-shouldered hawks. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Nov. 12: Birdwalk to TouVelle State Park with KBO birdwalk volunteer Harry Fuller. TouVelle is a busy place in late fall and winter, hosting waterbirds, raptors and woodpeckers. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Saturday, Dec. 3: Birdwalk to the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area led by KBO volunteer Terence Phillippe. This diverse area, situated at the base of Mount Shasta, contains juniper woodland, riparian forest and seasonal wetlands. Bring a lunch and plan to return to Ashland in the afternoon. Meet at 9 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Thursday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 11: Hawk class and field trip led by KBO board president and hawk enthusiast Dick Ashford. The Thursday class will focus on beginning to intermediate hawk identification. Sunday's field trip to the Lower Klamath Basin or Butte Valley in California will give participants the chance to test their new identification skills. This class fills quickly, so register soon. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $35 non-members, $25 KBO members. To register, call 541-201-0866.

Native Plant Society
Thursday, Nov. 17: Kenneth DeCamp will show his movie — a photographic journey through the mountains of Northern California and Southern Oregon, at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, room 118. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m., meeting and program at 7:30 p.m. For information, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.

Thursday, Dec. 8: “Tundra Blooms and Reindeer: Botanists Backpacking in Lapland.” Bob Korfhage and Cindy Roche share stories and pictures from their 113-mile backpack hike on the Kungsleden in northern Sweden. Potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. Talk begins around 7:30 p.m. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), and packets of seeds to contribute for the native plant seed exchange. Beer and wine are permitted. Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., in Talent. For information, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.

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