Get Out: May 24, 2013

Soda Mountain Wilderness Council
The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is organizing a series of weekend hikes through June 29 to explore wildlands in and near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Participants should contact hike leaders to reserve space. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Most trips involve at least a little off-trail, cross-country hiking. All hikes are free and usually involve carpooling.
All hikes will meet in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'n Kart in Ashland.
Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Expect to be gone into the late afternoon or early evening on most hikes. Ask your hike leader for their best estimate of return time.
Hikers must sign a liability waiver at trip-start. Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader.

Saturday, June 1: John Villella will lead a moderate hike to explore meadows and forests in and around the threatened Little Hyatt old-growth groves in the area north of the Green Springs summit. Views from Sampson Rim down to Emigrant Lake and Ashland. All off-trail hiking; about three miles. Sign up with SMWC board member Dennis Odion, 541-821-0738; Meet at 9 a.m.

Sunday, June 9: Jay Lininger, wildlands ecologist for the Center for Biological Diversity (928-853-9929;, will lead a moderate-plus hike into the Green Springs Mountain/Little Hyatt Lake area with a look at BLM's attempts to road and commercially log these forests. Mostly off-trail hiking; about four miles. Meet at 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 15: National Park Service terrestrial ecologist and SMWC board member Dennis Odion (541-821-0738; will lead a moderate hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this roughly six-mile hike, mostly on trail. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 23: The Geos Institute's aquatic ecologist Brian Barr (541-621-7226; will lead a short but very challenging hike along the Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known, Jenny Creek Falls in California (and then back up again). The route down to the falls and back is more like a nontechnical mountain climb scramble than a hike. Quite difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 29: Botanist John Villella and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (; 541-899-1117) will explore the area where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest, hiking from Round Mountain to Green Springs Mountain. The first part of the trip is cross-country; the second part is on the Pacific Crest Trail. The five-plus-mile hike is moderate to difficult. Meet at 9 a.m.

KS Wild
Sunday, June 2: Hike along the eastern Siskiyou Crest above Oregon Caves National Monument to Mount Elijah and Bigelow Lakes. This moderate, seven-mile hike will abound with wildflowers. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction at 10:30 a.m. Bring a lunch, plenty of water and a camera. For details, call Morgan at 541-488-5789 or email

Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 29: Trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks & Recreation lead free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walks through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Registration is not required.

Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the Siskiyou Velo club rides listed below are leisurely; others are intense. All rides are led by a ride leader, and they all stop for coffee and social time.

Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Phil Gagnon, 541-488-4289.

Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 30 to 50 miles of slightly hilly terrain. Contact: Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.

Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 14 to 16 mph over 30 to 55 miles with long climbs. Contact: Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.

Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.

Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact: David Chapman, 541-488-0152.

Every Wednesday: Coffee ride begins at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact Bob MacCracken, 425-512-3829.

Other recurring rides
Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., in Jacksonville hosts a two- to three-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cutoff spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190 or see

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Mountain-bike 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. The Thursday ride is usually longer (two to two-and-a-half hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 or see

Every Wednesday: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., hosts a two-hour mountain-bike ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby Johns 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 see

Every Saturday: Ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, 1340 Biddle Road, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts two to four hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) one- to three-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. See

Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, May 25: Harry Fuller will lead a bird walk along the Bear Creek Greenway starting at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. The easy route includes good riparian habitat and lakes. The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking lot just south of Exit 21. The walk will finish by noon. For details and to sign up, email

Sunday, May 26: Pepper Trail will lead a birding trip to the Emigrant Creek Road area of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The group will make stops at several locations, and although this will not be a strenuous event, some short hikes will be involved. Meet at the dirt parking lot adjacent to Shop'n Kart in Ashland at 8 a.m. to carpool. The group will be limited to 15 participants. To sign up, email

Wednesday, June 5: First Wednesday bird walk at Denman Wildlife Management Area in White City begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the WMA by 8:25 a.m. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of different species observed by walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. The walk coordinator is Murray Orr. Contact him at 541-857-9050 or if you are willing to help.

Siskiyou Field Institute
The Siskiyou Field Institute will offer several workshops this summer designed to introduce participants to a variety of birding topics and locations in Southern Oregon, including Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9: Birding Critical Habitat; Saturday, June 15: Birding the Klamath Basin; Saturday, Aug. 17: Birding at Sea; and Saturday, Sept. 14: Birding on Bikes. Costs vary. For more information, call Kathleen Pyle at 541-597-8530, ext. 309, or see

Weed Whomping Wednesdays
Wednesday, June 19: The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy has started a regular stewardship work-party program called Weed Whomping Wednesdays. These half-day work parties on conserved lands occur on the third Wednesday of each month. Besides whomping noxious weeds, the group may map weeds or rare plants, plant native trees and shrubs during the cool season, or conduct other land-stewardship activities. Each work party will also involve something educational such as an interpretive walk. Shared poetry and storytelling will be encouraged. Treats will be provided. Contact Kristi if you are interested in joining the group or have questions at 541-482-3069 or

Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, May 25: “Primitive stone oil lamps.” Living in a primitive shelter can be a wonderful experience, but in order to make it cozy, you need a light source. In this class you will learn how to make simple, effective and beautiful stone oil lamps without the use of modern tools or fuels. These lamps can be used for lighting, heating and cooking. At the end of the class, you will take home a primitive oil lamp that you made. For ages 10 and older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $20. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see

Sunday, May 26: “Flint knapping.” Arrowheads, knives, axes and more; learn to chip your own cutting tool. Learn how to read “rock percussions” so the rock will break just the way you want it to. For ages 9 and older. Class is from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $35. To register, call 541-772-1390 or see

Run the Ditch Trail
Saturday, May 25: Five- and 10-mile races, along the Little Applegate River and historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail, begin at 9 a.m. There will be ribbon awards for the top three finishers in the age groups, as well as cash awards for the three top male and female finishers in the 10-miler. See the race calendar at for details and registration.

Wild Rogue Relay
Friday, Saturday, June 21-22: A 200-plus-mile overnight relay race for teams of six or 12 people will start in Jacksonville and end in Gold Beach, with part of the run on the Rogue River Trail through the Rogue's Wild and Scenic Section. Team members will run three legs each of varying distance. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 18. Limited to 70 teams. For details, see

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