Get Out: May 29, 2008

Sierra Club Outings
Sunday: Moderate 8-mile hike to Parsnip Lakes. Call Cathy Edwards for details, 210-0204.
May 31: Devil’s Punch Bowl. 12 miles difficult. George Lescher, 482-4477.
June 8: Round Mountain. 5 miles (cross country) moderate. Cathy Edwards, 210-0204.
June 14: Grizzly Peak. 6 miles moderate. Carol Walker, 488-8517 and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
June 21: Echo Lake with possible loop to the PCT. 13 miles strenuous. Peter Grant, 951-9139.
June 28: Grouse Gap. See early wildflowers along the Pacific Crest Trail. 7 miles moderate. Carol Walker, 488-8517 and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
July 19: Sierra Club Trail Clearing Project on Frog Pond Loop Trail in the Red Buttes. It is time to give a little back so others will have access to this wonderful area. The Trail has been overgrown by saddlers oak and other bushes. We will spend about 3 hours clipping them back. Long-handled loppers and gloves are all you need to help with this worthwhile task. Short-handled loppers will work, but are more tiring. A few small hand saws would be useful for some of the smaller branches. We will leave the large trees for someone else. This is all wilderness area so no power tools are allowed. Bring tools, lunch and water and we will relax over our noontime repast. After lunch we can talk about flowers and forests as we snip our way back to the trailhead. Meet at the Star Ranger Station, Upper Applegate Road, between Ruch and Applegate Lake, at 8 a.m. to carpool. There are several options for camping locally on July 18 or July 19, but it is not part of the Sierra Club outing. Contact Al Collinet at for more information and RSVP, or call Kristin Biechler 840-7236. You do not need to be a member to participate.
July 25, 26, 27: Backpacking to Towhead Lake in the Red Buttes
We will be starting out 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 leisurely explore the area based on the group’s desires. The area boasts some very unusual rock formations and interesting flora. Carpooling opportunities will be facilitated. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. More details will be made available to participants. Maggie Purves will be co-leading this trip. 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.
Aug 30-31 and Sept. 1: Backpacking trip to Mountain Lakes in the Cascades
Views, lakes and flowers abound this time of the year at this high-elevation spot. Mountain Lakes are east of Medford about 60 miles on Hwy140 near Upper Klamath Lake. Trail is accessed by taking 4 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 6 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 be spending most of our time at over 6,500 feet. Hiking distances are modest and the pace will be set to the slowest participants so we can enjoy ourselves. 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
Beginning Saturday, KS Wild and Siskiyou Project will lead hikes into the proposed wilderness along the Lower Rogue River on the last Saturday of each month. Enjoy diverse wild forests, extraordinary wildlife viewing and clear creeks tumbling into the mighty Rogue. The group will discuss wilderness and wild & scenic proposals for the area, as well as the Bureau of Land Management’s logging plans in the area. Dates are May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27 and October 25.
Carpools leave the Gooseberries Natural Foods parking lot (1533 NE 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 5 to 7 miles. For more information call 541-488-5789, e-mail or go to

“Whopper” 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 email
June 21: Little Applegate Valley, Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. This historic trail offers scenic views of the eastern Siskiyou Mountains. This area was designated as an Adaptive Management Area under the Northwest Forest Plan, and under WOPR it is proposed as a Timber Management Area. The trail is also in the proposed Anderson Butte Off-Highway Vehicle Emphasis Area. Moderate-difficult, 7 miles roundtrip. Meet at the Ruch Market at 9 a.m.
August 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, 4-5 miles. Meet at Shop ‘n Kart in Ashland at 9 a.m.
September 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.

Ashland Watershed Hike
Saturday: The Ashland Forest Lands Commission is sponsoring a series of hikes to “Know Your Watershed.” This is a fun guided hike to the city-owned Windburn Parcel located within the usually restricted area of the Ashland watershed. This 160-acre parcel is accessible only by foot and is both rich and diverse in topography, vegetation, wildlife and local history. Meet at Darex Skating Rink parking lot on Windburn Way at Nutley at 10 a.m. We will carpool to the trailhead and return at 2 p.m. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather and bring water and a sack lunch. The hike will be strenuous. To sign up contact Nancy Slocum at or call 552-2420. The number of participants is limited to 25. Dates of future hikes will be announced soon.

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 6 to 7 miles on trails and roads in and around Lithia Park. Call 201-0014 with questions.
June 28: Rooster Crow, 5k run in Rogue River. Call 621-6361 for information. Southern Oregon Runners offers a busy slate of running activities and races. Check their Web site for local running events, plus races and activities offered by other running clubs in the region:
July 4: Three area runs are scheduled for the Fourth of July. Ashland, 6 Miles (482-5340); Eagle Point, 1-mile and 5k (944-2446); Mt. Shasta City, 5 miles (530-926-1144).
July 19: Britt Woods 5k and 10k runs in Jacksonville. Call 899-1214 for information.

Lithia Park Nature Walks
Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-11:30 a.m., rain or shine, (and Saturdays in July and August), 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.

Volksmarch Club Walks
These 5K or 10K walks, organized by the Rogue Valley Walkers, are free. Leashed dogs welcome. For more information call George at 541-772-8311
Saturday, 8 a.m., Jacksonville: walking through downtown, past several parks and a number of historical buildings, past Britt and through the historic cemetery. Be prepared for hills.
June 14, 8 a.m., Grants Pass: meet at Ray’s parking lot for a walk thru both residential and commercial portions of Grants Pass.
June 28, 8 a.m. Rogue River: walking in both residential, park and forest settings, including the new bridge and paved trail along the Rogue out to Valley of the Rogue State Park.
July 12, 8 a.m., Medford: meet at the Food-4-Less parking lot (just right of the main entrance, about the middle of the lot). Easy walk through east Medford residential areas with a tour thru the southwest downtown area past the post office, government buildings and returning along Biddle Road.

Siskiyou Out Back 50K/15K Trail Run
July 12: Entries are being accepted for the 10th running of the Siskiyou Out Back 50K/15K Trail Run. The race starts and finishes at the Mount Ashland Ski Area, and utilizes the Pacific Crest Trail and dirt Forest Roads. The scenery is spectacular with huge views of the State of Jefferson all around, and wildflowers in abundance. Well-supported with lots of aid on course, the 50K is a great choice for your first ultra. Registration is on-line ONLY, check the Web site at for details. There are field limits and the race filled early last year. Call 482-1530 for details.

Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon
Aug. 9: Registration for the 33rd annual Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon is underway. Participants from 21 states and Washington D.C. have already registered. 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 and lights are recommended until the days get longer. 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 accommodates many skill levels. Contact: Richard Amneus, 541-476-4935 or
Every Thursday, Cycle Sport’s crew meets at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Wide abilities of riders 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 that 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
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 Tuesday: A mellow ride begins at 6 p.m. on 2nd Street at The Grotto in Talent. Ride leader Charles Whitaker, 488-4349.
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. Ride leader Rick Berlet, 488-0036.

Mountain Lakes Challenge
June 21: The Mountain Lakes Challenge in the mountains of Southern Oregon is one of the epic cycling events of the year. In addition to the traditional century route, the Siskiyou Velo Bicycle Club is offering two metric centuries that both offer some of the beauty and challenge of their bigger brother without pushing 100 miles. The 2008 event also introduces 25- and 50-mile valley routes that will allow more riders to join in. Even the youngest cyclists will not be left out as riders 12-and-under will have the opportunity to ride the 5- to 8-mile Jack and the Rogue ride along the Bear Creek Greenway. Proceeds from all rides go to the Bear Creek Greenway foundation. Maps and ride sheets are available online at Register online or by mail. Cost is $35 for the mountain rides, $30 for the Orchard spin, and $5 for the Jack and the Rogue ride.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society
June 14: Join Gwyneth Ragosine and Dick Ashford for an all-day trip to Mount Ashland. This is a repeat of last year’s successful trip, when birders saw many montane birds and found several nests. Group will drive to the Grouse Gap Shelter, stopping along the way to look and listen for white-headed woodpeckers, mountain bluebirds, hermit warblers, MacGillivray’s warblers and green-tailed towhees, among others. Meet at Ashland Shop N’ Kart parking lot in time for 8 a.m. departure. Please arrive early for carpool formation and sign-in. Dress warmly and bring lunch. No dogs. Go to for more information.
June 15: Half-day walk along the Ashland section of Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street, 8 a.m. The walk is along the paved path that follows Ashland Creek and then Bear Creek. Expect songbirds, woodpeckers, waterfowl and raptors. Hike leader is Harry Fuller, 488-8077. Go to for more information.
*Please note: This is the Rogue Valley Audubon Society’s last Sunday walk until November.

June 7: Willow Witt Ranch (Grizzly Peak). Conifer forest and mountain meadows provide habitat for Wilson’s snipe, western tanager, mountain quail, and pileated woodpecker. Join the Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop to learn about the restoration efforts underway on the ranch’s wetlands and the wildlife and water monitoring efforts by KBO and their partners. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland to carpool. Walk to end at noon; hike Grizzly Peak trail on your own following the walk if you wish. Due to limited class size, call the NW Nature Shop, 482-3241, to sign up. All experience levels are encouraged to come. Free.

August 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 The Northwest Nature Shop, 482-3241. Free.

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
June 7, 10 a.m.-noon: The Northwest Nature Shop offers a monthly series of nature classes for young children and their parents to explore nature together. These fun-filled, interactive experiences encourage future naturalists to learn about nature through games, stories, songs and outdoor activities. This month’s program focuses on Bugs. Kids will get to know some of the small, but important, insect habitants of Lithia Park. For ages 4 to 8. Cost is $5 per adult/child pair. Bring snacks and water and dress for the weather. Sign up at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, 541-482-3241 in advance.

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