Get Out: July 24, 2008

Sierra Club Outings
Friday-Sunday: Overnight backpacking to Towhead Lake in the Red Buttes
Hike starts at the Cook and Green Trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail. Hike is 4.5 miles with a 1,718-foot elevation gain. Saturday we will explore the area based on the group’s desires. The area boasts some very unusual rock formations and interesting flora. Carpooling available. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. Space is limited to eight so be sure to make a reservation. Contact Al Collinet at, or Darin Banner at 531-7623 for more information and RSVP. You do not need to be a member to participate.
Sunday: Moderate, 8-mile hike at Howard Prairie. Call Carol Walker 488-8517 or Carol Ingelson 245-6380 for details.
Aug. 9: Devil’s Punchbowl in Six Rivers National Forest; 12 miles, difficult. Call George for details, 482-4477.
Aug. 16: Hobart Bluff, 7 miles, moderate. Carol Walker 488-8517 and Carol Ingelson 245-6380.
Aug. 30: Devil’s Peak, Sky Lakes Basin loop, 14 miles, strenuous. Call Peter for details, 951-9139.
Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1: Backpacking trip to Mountain Lakes in the Cascades
Views, lakes and flowers abound this time of year at this high-elevation spot. Mountain Lakes are about 60 miles east of Medford on Hwy140 near Upper Klamath Lake. Trail is accessed by taking four miles of gravel road to the Varney Creek Trailhead. The first day we plan on 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,566 feet to Zeb Lake. The second day we will hike six miles with an elevation gain of 1,606 feet to Lake Harriette. The third day we will travel six miles with an elevation gain of 732 feet and 1,194-foot elevation loss to the trailhead. We will spend most of our time over 6,500 feet. Hiking distances are modest and the pace will be set to the slowest participants. Carpooling opportunities will be facilitated. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. We will determine a rendezvous point so we can reach the trailhead about 10 a.m. Space is limited so be sure to make a reservation. Contact Al Collinet at, or Darin Banner at 531-7623, for more information and RSVP. You do not need to be a member to participate.

Wild Rogue Hike Series
Saturday: The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Siskiyou Project will lead hikes into the proposed wilderness along the Lower Rogue River on the last Saturday of each month through Oct. 25. Enjoy diverse wild forests, extraordinary wildlife viewing and clear creeks tumbling into the mighty Rogue. The group will discuss wilderness and wild and scenic proposals for the area, as well as Bureau of Land Management’s logging plans in the area.
Carpools leave the Gooseberries Natural Foods parking lot (1533 N.E. F St.) in Grants Pass at 10 a.m. and will meet at the Graves Creek boat ramp at 11 a.m. Bring hiking shoes, clothing layers, food and water. Hikes are moderate and approximately five to seven miles. For more information call 541-488-5789, e-mail or go to

WOPR Hike Series
In 2007, the Bureau of Land Management released a draft proposal called the Western Oregon Plan Revisions, also known as WOPR, which would guide the management of 2.5 million acres of public forests in western Oregon. These hikes venture into Medford District BLM public lands that would be affected by WOPR. Bring good hiking shoes, water, food and clothing layers. For more information, contact the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center at 488-5789 or e-mail
Aug. 16: Moon Prairie, Indian Plateau. Visit a relic stand of old-growth east of Ashland. Moon Prairie is currently designated as an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern” for its fish, wildlife, scenic and educational values. The BLM would eliminate this designation under all proposed WOPR alternatives. Moderate, four to five miles. Meet at Shop ’n Kart in Ashland at 9 a.m.
Sept. 20: Long Gulch, Applegate Valley. A one-way downhill hike off-trail from the top of Long Gulch through the drainage of this unique, trellised watershed that is home to the largest block of low-elevation old-growth in the Applegate Valley. The Applegate Valley was designated as an Adaptive Management Area under the Northwest Forest Plan, and under WOPR it is proposed as a Timber Management Area. The east boundary of Long Gulch is also the proposed boundary for the Johns Peak Off-Highway Vehicle Emphasis Area. Difficult, 3.5 miles. Meet at the Ruch Market at 9 a.m.

Soda Mountain Wilderness Hikes
July 26: This is the last hike in this year’s series of guided hikes into the Soda Mountain Wilderness. It will be an easy stroll out to Boccard Point (5,720 feet) for a big-picture, birds-eye overview of Soda Mountain backcountry watersheds with Southern Oregon University aquatic biologist Michael Parker and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (899-1117; Then backtrack a bit by vehicle for a separate easy hike to upper Dutch Oven Creek to learn a little riparian ecology in the creek itself. The hiking is cross-country once you get to the creek. The amount and difficulty of creek-walking involved will depend on the group.

Wildflower Walk
Saturday: Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring a half-day wildflower walk to the lush alpine meadows of Mount Ashland at 9:30 a.m. Children and adults are invited to join expert naturalist Kristi Mergenthaler to learn about the spectacular, local, blooming wildflowers. Limited space is available. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Cost is $5. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.

Every Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m., a group run leaves the Rogue Valley Runners store, 161 E. Main St. in downtown Ashland. All ability levels are encouraged to show. Group runs an easy/social six to seven miles on trails and roads in and around Lithia Park. Call 201-0014 with questions.

Every Tuesday from July 29 to Aug. 19: Level 3 Nordic walking class will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Level 3 offers challenging walks on Ashland trails using Nordic walking poles, which are provided in the class. First class will begin in the Ashland plaza. Cost is $70 for the full series. For more information and to register call Carol Lee at 482-1887 or Ashland Parks and Rec at 488-5340. Check out

Lithia Park Nature Walks
Every Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11:30 a.m., rain or shine, trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead an easy 1.5-hour nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics will include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Free. For information, call 488-5340.

Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon
Aug. 9: Registration for the 33rd annual Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon is underway. Information and registration options are available at or by calling 541-884-6939 after 6 p.m. The 2008 Rim Runs include four events — 6.7-mile walk, 6.7-mile run, 13-mile run and 26.2-mile marathon. Registration is limited to 500 entrants.

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 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John’s Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact: Jana Jenson, 899-9190, More information at Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association Web site,

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves from their shop, 1448 Williams Hwy., at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact: Richard Amneus, 476-4935 or

Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport’s crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time pressed or gravity challenged. Singletrack descents are of intermediate ability. Contact: Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935,

Every Sunday, SOMBA Show 'N Go Rides, Ashland. Meet at the Lithia Park band shell parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Ride route and intensity are determined by who shows and goes. Contact Lisa with questions, 201-0933,

Siskiyou Velo Club rides
Saturday: Meadows/Antioch; meet at Colver Park in Phoenix at 9 a.m.; 70 miles, brisk pace. Contact: Jerry Rhodes, 512-2155.

Sunday: Homemade Ice Cream Ride. Meet at 10 a.m. at 2200 Hull Rd. in Medford. Distance and pace to be determined. Contact: Dan Wooton, 779-9248 or John Harlow, 245-8598.

Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes, 857-0819, covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.

Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader Glen Gann, 779-6986.

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

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

Mount Shasta Hillclimb and Summit Century
Aug. 2-3: Local bicycling enthusiasts are organizing a timed ride up Everitt Memorial Highway on Aug. 2, the day before the annual Mount Shasta Summit Century. Slightly over 14 miles long, the Hillclimb begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Mount Shasta and climbs up Everitt Memorial Highway to the old ski bowl, an altitude gain of over 4,100 feet. The ride is hosted by the Mount Shasta Pedali cycling club. Entry fee is $10. Awards will be given to fastest finishers by age group, and raffle prizes awarded after the ride. For the most competitive riders, Pedali is offering $100 to the first male rider who completes the climb in under 60 minutes, and to the first female rider who completes the climb in less than 70 minutes. Registration forms available at The Fifth Season and on line at Race-day registration available from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.
The Summit Century, scheduled for Aug. 3, is an organized tour with rides ranging from 30 miles to 135 miles. Around 700 riders are expected. Information can be found on the Shasta Pedali Web site,, or by calling Mario Marchi at 530-859-0049.

Klamath Bird Observatory
Aug. 2: Klamath Bird Observatory Birdwalk to Mount Ashland. View the bird life on the highest peak of the Siskiyou Mountains. Mountain bluebirds, green-tailed towhees, white-headed woodpeckers, red-breasted sapsuckers, and gray jays may be spotted. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland to carpool. Bring water. Leader: Harry Fuller, KBO birdwalk leader. To register, call Northwest Nature Shop, 482-3241. Free.

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