Get Out: March 25, 2010

Jacksonville Woodlands' 20th Anniversary Celebration Hikes

March 27-April 17: Jacksonville celebrates its popular trail system with four community hikes. The trail system includes 21 properties, 16 miles of interpretive and hiking trails and 320 acres of native woodlands

March 27: Britt and Zigler trails, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guided 3.5-mile hike of the historic Britt Estate and Zigler parcel. Learn how and why these properties were conveyed to public ownership. Hike starts at the Rich Gulch Trailhead and proceeds along the Britt Ridge-Rich Gulch trails before returning via the Jane Naversen, Jackson Forks and Sarah Zigler trails. Hike ends back at Britt Park and includes viewing of the famous Britt Sequoia. Meet at the upper Britt parking lot behind the Britt Pavilion; far southwest end of West Fir Street. Comfort stop available at the trailhead.

April 3: Beekman Woods, Beekman Arboretum and the Grove, 10 a.m. to noon. This three-mile loop hike showcases the Beekman Woods — the place where the whole Woodlands project began in 1989. The hike will circle down to Doc Griffin Park and return to the Beekman House parking area via East California Street. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Beekman House parking area off East California Street and Laurelwood Drive.

April 10: This 4-mile hike of Rich Gulch, Panorama Point, French Gulch will provide a chance to learn the history of several land parcels including, Burkhalter, BLM, Britt, Bagley and Beebe. Also, learn about gold mining history at the famous Chinese Diggings site. Hike sections of the Rich Gulch Trail to Panorama Point, the French Gulch, Chinese Diggings, Beebe Woods, Petard Ditch Trail and the Boy Scout trail on along Jackson Creek. Meet at the upper Britt parking lot behind the Britt Pavilion, far end of West Fir Street; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 17: Annual Hike-A-Thon and dedication of “Liz's Trail.” Registration for the annual hike-a-thon starts at 9:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Doc Griffin Park in downtown Jacksonville. Registration is $20, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. JWA program starts at 10 a.m. The first hike at 10:40 (2.5 miles) will proceed up Pine Street to the Rich Gulch Trailhead for the unveiling of a JWA plaque and proceed along the Rich Gulch Trail, Britt Ridge Trail and return back on the Sarah Zigler Trail. Then it's back to Doc Griffin Park for lunch provided by Jacksonville Chiropractic Clinic from noon to 1:30. Starting at 10 a.m., program will include numerous speakers and events.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings
March Friday-Sunday: Ski weekend in Sisters/Bend. All levels; call Stefanie at 541-776-3987.

April 3: Formal ski (costumes). Location to be determined; call Stefanie at 541-776-3987.

Sierra Club hikes
Saturday: Moderate hike, Little Hyatt Lake, weather dependant; Contact Carol Walker at 541-488-8517 or Carol Ingelson at 541-245-6380.

April 10: Moderate, eight-mile hike at Pilot Rock. Leader is Cathy Edwards, 541-210-0204.

April 17: Very strenuous 10-mile snowshoe on Mount McLoughlin. Leader is Darin Banner 541-531-7623.

April 24: Moderate seven-mile hike in Jacksonville Woodlands. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 541-488-8517 and Carol Ingelson; 541-245-6380.

May 15: Difficult nine-mile hike to Stein Butte. Leader is Darin Banner, 541-531-7623.

May 22: Eight-mile, cross-country hike to Parsnip Lakes; moderate to difficult. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards, 541-210-0204.

May 29: Moderate, seven-mile hike at Howard Prairie. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.

Crater Lake Snowshoe walks
Through April 25: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Crater Lake National Park. The walks last about 90 minutes and cover one mile of moderately strenuous terrain. There is no cost, and snowshoes are provided free of charge. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended. Sign up at the Visitor Center or by calling 541-594-3100. Participants should be at least 8 years old. Come prepared with warm, water-resistant clothing and footwear.

Herb walks
Saturday: Three rain-or-shine spring herb walks led by Debbie Lukas of Siskiyou Mountain Herbs in Cave Junction will be held to explore the vast array of wild and domestic medicinal plants that grow in the Siskiyou region. The first two will be held at the Illinois River Forks State Park from 10 a.m. to noon on March 27 and April 24. The third, from 10 a.m. to noon on May 22, will examine herbs that can be grown in a garden, as demonstrated at the home of Siskiyou Mountain Herbs, the Frog Farm, 9044 Takilma Road (nine miles southeast of Cave Junction). During the walks the class will discuss identifying characteristics, habitat, collection techniques, preparation and uses of herbal plants. The cost is $5 to 15 per walk. Preregistration is not necessary, though some supplies are recommended. For details, contact Lukas at 541-592-3386.

April 24: Meet at 9 a.m. for a 10K walk of “historic” Grants Pass at Rays Food Place on 7th Street in Grants Pass. There is also a 5K option. For more information, call 541-245-9356.

Pear Blossom Run
April 10: Registration is open for the 34th annual Pear Blossom 10-mile and 5K runs. Both events are chip-timed. Go to for online registration or information. Printed entry forms are available at the Medford Parks and Recreation Department, Medford Visitors Bureau, Rogue Valley Family YMCA and Rogue Valley Mall.

Bridge The Gap Run
April 24: Sixth annual event features a 5K and 10K run starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $15 by April 19. Day of race cost is $20.
For details e-mail or go to

Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs
July 10: The 12th annual trail run includes a 50K and 15K event. The race starts at the Mt. Ashland Lodge and proceeds west on a combination of trail and dirt roads. Registration is limited to 225 runners in each event. Go to to register. Proceeds from the race benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

Road biking

Saturday: U.S. Cellular Sports Park to Central Point. Meet at the sports park on Highway 99 in Medford at 10:30 a.m.; 22 miles, mellow pace (10-12 mph). Contact Phil Gagnon: 541-488-4289.

April 3: East Orhards Ride. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dog Park in Ashland; 28 miles, moderate pace (12-14 mph). Contact Wil Thomson: 541-482-4201.

April 10: Colver Park to Gold Hill. Meet at 10 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix; 55 miles, moderate pace (12-14 mph). Contact Elizabeth/Ron Zell: 541-482-4815.

April 10: Colver Park and up Dead Indian Memorial Road. Meet at 10 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix; 55 miles, brisk pace (14-17 mph). Contact Dennis Cramer: 541-773-5804.

Every Saturday: A 20-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. Ride leader is Alex Hayes: 541-857-0819.

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 10:30 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 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday, women's rides, Grants Pass: From April through October, Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that meets and leaves from their shop at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours on average and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 785 Rogue River Hwy. Contact Richard Amneus: 541-476-4935 or

Every Wednesday, 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, 535 N. Fifth St., 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 at 541-899-9190, or e-mail

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: BikeKraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 785 Rogue River Highway. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935 or check out

Every Thursday, Ashland: Ride 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, but be able to climb for a few miles to reach the trails. Helmets are required. Contact Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935, for further information or check out the Web site at

Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral Hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Saturday: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park in Ashland while learning to identify species with expert help. This is a chance for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Children 10 and older are welcome, but they should be accompanied by an adult. Time is 9 to 10 a.m. No registration required. This is the last count day for the year. For information on counting birds at home for Project FeederWatch, go online to

March 31: Jefferson Nature Center Field Trip, sponsored by the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Nature Center building. Contact Judd Hurley at 541-621-3918 for information.

April 7: Audubon Society first-Wednesday birdwalk to Little Butte Creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. on TouVelle Road in the northeast section of the Denman Wildlife Area near White City. Leader is Denny Niebuhr, 541-482-6589.

April 18: Rogue Valley Audubon Society third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street. Leader is Harry Fuller; call 541-488-8077.

April 24: 2010 Birdathon is a fundraiser for the Rogue Valley Audubon Society in which teams of up to four birders compete to identify the most species in a 24-hour period. Teams round up sponsors to pledge a dollar amount per species. Organizer is Harry Fuller. Contact him via e-mail at

May 8-9: Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip to the Oregon Coast led by RVAS field trip coordinator Ron Ketchum. Group will meet at 8 a.m. May 8 in the parking lot at Face Rock State Overlook on Beach Loop Road in Bandon. Bring water and lunch; group will bird till 3 p.m. On May 9, meet at 8 a.m. at Bandon Marsh parking area, on Riverside Drive NE, and bird till noon. This is Mother's Day weekend, so early lodging reservations are advised. To join other birders for dinner on Friday and/or Saturday, or to join a carpool, e-mail or call Bill Hering:; 541-488-5886.

Rogue Valley Tracking Club
Sunday: The club, free and open to all ages and experience levels, meets the last Sunday of every month at North Mountain Park in Ashland, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring water, snack and weather-appropriate clothing. Register at 541-482-0513, or go to for more information.

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