Get Out: January 31, 2008

Crater Lake Snowshoe Hikes

Every weekend: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park guide free, 1-mile snowshoe walks through forests and meadows and along the crater's rim. Participants on the 90-minute walk hear how plants, animals and the lake are affected by winter weather. Begins at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April. Walks cover moderately strenuous terrain at an elevation of about 7,100 feet.

Snowshoes are provided free of charge, or visitors can bring their own. No previous snowshoeing experience needed. Participants should bring warm clothing, thick socks and water-resistant footwear. The hike is appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Advance reservations are recommended, as space on each tour is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 541-594-3100. Group tours on weekdays or weekends also can be arranged by calling 541-594-3093. There is no cost to enter the park in winter.

Sierra Club Outings

Saturday: A moderate hike is planned in Ashland. Time and place will be announced. For more information call 488-8517.

Monday: A Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. at the home of Carol Walker. Everyone is invited. New ideas and hike leaders are always welcome. For more information or directions, please call Carol at 488-8517.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Saturday: 5-mile novice ski tour. Location to be determined. Call Dave at 512-0436.

Feb. 3-8: Senior Ski Week at Diamond Lake for all levels. Snowshoeing also is available. Call Stefanie at 776-3987 for more information.

Avalanche Awareness Training

Friday: Mount Shasta Avalanche Center presents a free 1- to 11/2;-hour introductory workshop on the key factors that lead to avalanche formation and accidents. Good for beginners or as a refresher course. Location: Mount Shasta City Library, 7 p.m.

Avalanche Transceiver Clinic

Saturday: Mount Shasta Avalanche Center offers free clinics on how to use avalanche transceivers and provides practice sessions for beginners to advanced users. Carpool from The Fifth Season, 200 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. Meet at 9 a.m. Training is in the snow, so dress appropriately.

Mountain bike rides every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Jana will have refreshments after the ride. Lights and helmets are required. For more information, e-mail Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association, or check

Siskiyou Velo Club Rides

Every Saturday, Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides: A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Glen Gann (779-6986), covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts on the bike trail behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford.

Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 8:30 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Alex Hayes: 857-0819.

Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 11 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 ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Varied mileage and varied start times. Call ride leader Rick Berlet 488-0036.

The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop are sponsoring free bird walks around the Rogue Valley on the first Saturday of every month. The walks are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory.

Saturday: An ornithologist with the Klamath Bird Observatory will lead a half-day bird walk along the Rogue River at Tou Velle State Park to view winter shore birds and winter migrants. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. You'll be home by 1 p.m. Free. Call 482-3241 for information.

Wild Birds Unlimited and the Klamath Bird Observatory are leading free bird walks the second Saturday of each month. The walks will be jointly led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory and Katy Reed, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited.

Feb. 9: Birdwalk to Agate Lake. Raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds, and waders frequent Agate Lake. The fields and oak woodlands should yield plenty of songbirds. Bring your spotting scope. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited (Medford). Leader: Harry Fuller, KBO volunteer and member. To register, call 770-1104.

Project FeederWatch

Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify a variety of species with the help of experienced Audubon volunteers.The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Ages: 10 and up.

Program dates: Saturday and Feb. 16; March 1 and 15; Times: 9-10 a.m. Location: North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. For more information, call 488-6606.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society Field Trips

Feb. 9: Expert birder Frank Lospalluto will lead a trip to the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the peteroglyphs area of Fossil Beds National Monument.

No dogs. For more information, call 482-0396.

Feb. 7: "Floating the Rivers"

Sierra Club Program and movie featuring a rafting trip down the Tatshenshini/Alsek rivers in Alaska. This multi-media movie/slide show of a two-week rafting trip through the wilderness begins in the Yukon Territory and ends at take-out in Glacier Bay National Park. The public is invited. Headwaters Gallery, 84 4th St., Ashland. Social 7:15 p.m., light refreshments. Program 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call 840-7236 for more information.

Feb. 7-9: 7th Annual Siskiyou Film Fest in Grants Pass, presented by Siskiyou Project.

Feb. 17: Entry forms are available for the 22nd annual John Day Citizen's Cross Country Ski Race to be held at Diamond Lake Resort. The race, open to all ages and abilities, includes 20k freestyle (skating allowed) and 10k classic (diagonal stride only) events. The race also features Junior (18 and under) 5k freestyle and 5k classic events, as well as a 5k Fun Ski. Entry forms can be downloaded from the John Day XC Race Web site:; or e-mail a request to: Pre-registration closes Feb. 9. Day of race registration is accepted. Check-in is at the Diamond Lake Resort Lodge between 8 and 9:30 a.m. the morning of the race. The mass-start race begins at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club. For information, contact Dan Bulkley, race director, at 541-535-5979.

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