Get Out: October 23, 2008

Siskiyou Project: Salmon-Viewing Hikes
For thousands of years, salmon have returned to the Illinois, Applegate and Rogue valleys to spawn and die. During their inland journey, salmon must leap daunting waterfalls and swim through rapids to return to natal spawning grounds. On these hikes you may see as many as 100 salmon spawning or leaping at waterfalls. Siskiyou Project ecologist Rich Nawa will explain chinook salmon life cycle and habitat needs. Hikes are suitable for children. Bring Polaroid sunglasses if you have them. For more information, call 541-476-6648 or go to
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fish Hatchery Park north entrance; 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Rainie Falls. Group will first view spawning salmon near the parking lot which is suitable for all age groups and abilities. Those who wish to see more salmon may hike a mile to view as many as 100 salmon spawning. An optional trip to Rainie Falls will follow. The hike to the falls to see leaping salmon is two miles one way. Call for directions.
Nov. 1 and Nov. 9: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Forks State Park; 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Little Falls Trail. Group will hike along the East Fork Illinois River and West Fork to see spawning salmon. Group will then carpool to Little Falls on the Illinois River near Kerby to see leaping salmon. The hike to Forks Park is about one mile total on level ground. The half-mile hike to Little Falls can be muddy and is rocky near the falls. Forks State Park turn off is about one-half mile south of Cave Junction. Look for a green corolla in the parking lot.

Captain Jacks Stronghold tours
Tulelake, Calif. — Rangers at the Lava Beds National Monument will lead tours through the inner loop trail of Captain Jacks Stronghold through November. Due to the Jack Fire that swept through the monument’s northern grasslands in August, the area remains closed to the public. Other trails in the area that burned, such as the Gillem’s Camp, Gillem’s Bluff and Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trails, have reopened.
Public tours are being offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays until the end of November. No reservations required. Tours last an hour. Sturdy footwear should be worn.
School classes or other groups may request an additional tour by contacting the Visitor Center at 530-667-8113 at least one week in advance of their intended visit. Rangers are available to assist visitors in planning a self-guided caving or hiking adventure in the relative solitude and cooler temperatures of Lava Beds’ off-season. The Indian Wells Campground also remains open all year.

Every Wednesday 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.

Saturday: Ashland Railroad Walk, 10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Volksmarch Club walk goes from Ashland Community Hospital to the A Street Marketplace and Theatre, through town to Hunter Park and the cemetery, returning past the Southern Oregon University campus. Free or $3 for AVA credit. Reservations not required. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Ashland Community Hospital entrance. Leashed dogs welcome. For more information call George at 772-8311.

Nov. 8: Lithia Loop Trail Marathon. This brand-new race starts at the Winburn Way Bridge in Lithia Park, then follows 2 miles of paved road, 3.5 miles of single-track trail and 21 miles of dirt road with 4,700-feet of elevation gain. The course circumnavigates the Ashland watershed. Space is limited to the first 100 runners. Entry fee is $60 before Nov. 1, $75 after. Register at Rogue Valley Runners, 161 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 201-0014 for information or go to

Mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women’s mountain bike ride that leaves from their shop in Grants Pass at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 1448 Williams Hwy. Contact: Richard Amneus, 541-476-4935,
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 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 before they have to open up. Contact Don or Shawn, 541-471-3494.
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: Brownsboro to Eagle Point ride leaves at 10 a.m. Meet at Colver Park in Phoenix. Moderate pace, distance to be determined. Contact: Jodi Weber, 301-6880.
Sunday: Show & Go ride leaves at 11 a.m. Meet at Hawthorne Park in Medford. Pace and distance to be determined. No ride leader.
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.

Nov. 1: Klamath Bird Observatory will lead a half day of birding to Agate Lake. View raptors, waterfowl, and waders surrounding the lake and songbirds of the fields and oak woodlands. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. There will be a limited number of binoculars and field guides available to loan. Space is limited. Call 482-3241 to reserve a space.
Nov. 5: On the first Wednesday of each month, the Rogue Valley Audubon Society leads a birdwalk on the Central Point section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the gravel lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street in Central Point. Walks finish by 11:30 a.m. Leader is Denny Niebuhr, 482-6589 or
Nov. 8: Help count the birds that visit the feeders at Ashland’s North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with the help of experienced Audubon birders. The information that is gathered will be submitted to Cornell University’s Project FeederWatch database, a continent-wide citizen-science effort. The program starts Nov. 8 and runs alternate Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. through March. Free.
Nov. 15: Klamath Bird Observatory and Northwest Nature Shop family bird walk in Lithia Park. Children ages 5-12 and their parents are invited to participate in a fun-filled morning of birding. Learn how to use binoculars and field guides to spot our local feathered friends. Meet at 10 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for this class but space is limited so sign up in advance by calling Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241.
Nov. 15: Half-day trip to Emigrant Lake with the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot next to Ashland’s Shop ‘N’ Kart to carpool. The group will look for waterfowl, woodpeckers, gulls and raptors. The lake can get windy on cold days, so dress appropriately. Leader is Harry Fuller, 488-8077.
Nov. 16: On the third Sunday of each month, the Rogue Valley Audubon Society leads a 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. Walks end around noon. Leader is Harry Fuller, 488-8077.

Upper Klamath Basin Tour: Water Wars and World Class Birds
Saturday: The Upper Klamath Basin is a world-class birding destination as well as a backdrop for the West’s wildest water wars. Join Klamath Riverkeeper for a guided tour of some of the Upper Klamath’s most compelling places, including wildlife refuges and water canals. Talk to local scientists, land managers, ranchers and Tribal people as you explore the places and ideas behind the Klamath Crisis and those working hard to solve it. An organic lunch and van ride will be provided. Bring your own water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars and questions. Tour leaves from the Bi-Mart/Shop-n-Kart parking lot in Ashland at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 3 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP to Malena Marvin at 541-821-7260 or Costs on a sliding scale. Donations accepted but not required.

Fall Wild Mushroom Hike
Sunday: A guided mushroom hike will be led by local mushroom expert John Teem. The emphasis will be on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Mushrooms typically abound at this time of year. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop at 9:30 carpool. Cost for the hike is $15 per person. Space is limited so sign up early. For more information call 482-3241.

Galapagos Islands: A Virtual Tour
Tuesday: Last December, Gwyneth Ragosine traveled to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands for a week with the marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds and other birds and animals that can be seen nowhere else on earth. Join the Rogue Valley Audubon Society at 7 p.m. for an illustrated presentation on the history and wildlife of the islands that inspired Charles Darwin and continue to enchant visitors from around the world. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Holly, Medford. Enter from the parking lot side of the church.

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