Get Out: May 27, 2010

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

Native Plant Society outings
Saturday, June 5: Visit a Hinds Walnut site on Bear Creek; the famous “Tolo Tree,” a gray pine; and a hike off Foley Lane to view both gray pine and California buckeye. Bring a lunch and prepare to carpool. Group size limited; preregistration required. Meet at Albertson's in Central Point at 10 a.m. For more information, call hike leader Frank Callahan at 541-855-1164 or e-mail

KS Wild hikes
Saturday, June 19: Join KS Wild board member Joseph Flaherty and longtime supporter Greg Walter for a walk along the eastern edge of the Siskiyou Crest above the Illinois Valley and Oregon Caves to Bigelow Lake and Mount Elijah. “This botanically rich area is freshly free of livestock grazing and the native wildflowers already are bounding back in spectacular profusion,” organizers say. This trail will gain expansive vistas toward the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and pass through stands of nearly pristine native forest. Meet at 9 a.m. at Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction, at the intersection of Highway 199 and the road to the Oregon Caves. Group will hike in light rain, but will cancel for more severe weather. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them. Contact or 541-488-5789 for more info.

Saturday, July 17: This difficult hike to the top of Wagner Butte, the second-highest peak in the Siskiyou Range, offers extraordinary views of Ashland, the Rogue Valley, the Siskiyou Crest and southern Cascades. Group will hike through second- and old-growth forests, meadows, sagebrush, mountain mahogany and pass by a locally rare grove of aspen along the summit. The hike is slightly more than 10 miles, so arrive prepared for a solid day of hiking. Meet at 9 a.m. at Evo's Cafe in Ashland to carpool to the trailhead. Group will hike in light rain, but will cancel for more severe weather. Bring food, water, warm clothes, rain gear if needed and binoculars if you have them. Contact or 541-488-5789 for more info.

Oregon Wild hikes
Saturday, May 29: This free hike to Rough and Ready Creek is an easy to moderate, 5- to 6-mile trek in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest with an elevation gain of 500 feet. Expect rare flowers, predatory plants and old Port Orford Cedars in one of Oregon's most biologically diverse eco-regions. The area may one day be part of Oregon's largest wilderness area. Leader is Gabe Howe. For details or to sign up, go online to

Saturday, June 12: This free hike to Babyfoot Lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness covers 5.5 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 500 to 1,000 feet. The hike will be traverse a glacial cirque and drop down to it's geologic product, Babyfoot Lake. Eight years after the 2002 Biscuit fire, this loop trail offers a glimpse into an invaluable laboratory with a turbulent geologic and contemporary history. Leader is Gabe Howe. For details or to sign up, go online to

Lithia Park walks
Through Sept. 29: Free, guided walks in Ashland's Lithia Park start again for the 22nd year on Sunday, May 2. Sponsored by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department, the walks take about 90 minutes. Walks leave at 10 a.m. every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from the Plaza entrance. Saturday walks are added in July and August.

Memorial Day Ashland Run
Saturday, May 29: The 35th annual run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Hargadine and Fork streets and covers 4.8 hilly miles along Ashland's trails, alleys and backroads. Entry fee is $1.25. Race-day registration at 8:15 a.m. For more information, call 541-482-4919 or 541-488-0504.

Longest Day Run
Saturday, June 19: 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. at Railroad Park picnic area, 2222 Table Rock Road, Medford. Entry fee is $8 if preregistered by June 11, $5 for Southern Oregon Runners members. Race-day entry fee is $10 for all. For information contact race director Charles Hodge at 541-878-3457 or

Rogue River Rooster Crow
Saturday, June 26: 5K run and two-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. at Rogue River Middle School's Beck Field. The course is flat and fast. Entry fee by June 19 is $8 with no T-shirt, $15 with T-shirt. Race-day fee is $10 with no T-shirt. For information, telephone 541-621-6361 or go to the Southern Oregon Runners club's online race calendar at

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.


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 Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details 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 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.


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 its 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.

Wednesday, June 2: Rogue Valley Audubon Society monthly first-Wednesday birdwalk. 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 or

Saturday, June 5: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk on the Bear Creek Greenway in Ashland and Ashland Pond. Leader is Terence Philippe. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 8 a.m. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, June 5: Rogue Valley Audubon Society half-day trip along the Klamath River in Northern California with Vince Zauskey. First stop is the Collier Rest Area off Highway 96, and after a few other stops the trip ends at Tree of Heaven Campground. Bring a lunch. For meeting place and directions, call Zauskey at 541-482-0235 or go to

June 11-12: Birding By Ear workshop and field trip to Jefferson Nature Center with Klamath Bird Observatory Executive Director John Alexander. Friday evening workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. will explore bird songs and calls through recordings, sonograms and other devices. Skills learned Friday will be put to use during the Saturday field trip, from 9 to 11 a.m. To register, call KBO at 541-201-0866.

Northwest Tandem Rally
Friday through Monday, July 2-5: Medford will host the 25th Northwest Tandem Rally during the July 4th weekend, and registration is open. Fliers and applications are available at local Rogue Valley bike shops and online at The annual event, held last year in Victoria, British Columbia, attracts 650 to 900 participants from as far away as Hawaii and Florida. Rally bicyclists will tour Rogue Valley scenic byways throughout the weekend, with routes ranging from 25 to 85 miles. Net proceeds will be donated to Kids Unlimited, Bear Creek Greenway, Rogue River Greenway and Siskiyou Velo. Local sponsors include Jacksonville's Cycle Analysis, Medford Cycle Sports and Freewheel Bicycle Solutions of Talent. For more information, contact event director Edgar Hee at 541-734-4872 or

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