Get Out: Sept. 25, 2008

Sierra Club outings
Oct. 4: Soda Mountain, seven to 10 miles, easy/moderate. Call Carol Walker, 488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
Oct. 11: Hike to Craggy Mountain, 10 miles, difficult. Call Peter Grant, 951-9139.
Oct. 18: Marble Valley and Sky High Lakes in the Marble Mountains, 14 miles, difficult. Call George Lescher, 482-4477.
Oct. 18: Union Creek, seven to eight miles, easy. Call Carol Walker, 488-8517, or Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

Wild Rogue Hike Series
Friday: Please note: this hike was originally scheduled for Saturday. The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Siskiyou Project lead hikes into the proposed wilderness along the Lower Rogue River on the last Saturday of each month through October. This hike travels four miles roundtrip to Rainie Falls to view migrating chinook salmon. The group will discuss wilderness and wild and scenic proposals for the area, as well as Bureau of Land Management’s logging plans in the area. Carpools leave the Gooseberries Natural Foods parking lot (1533 N.E. 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 five to seven miles. For more information call Rich Nawa at 541-476-6648, e-mail or go to
Oct. 5: Mt. Elijah and the Oregon Caves. Hike to Bigelow Lakes and Mount Elijah with the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center to enjoy expansive views and learn about pending legislation to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument and retire a grazing allotment in this botanically rich roadless area. Moderate, five miles. Meet at Gooseberries in Grants Pass at 9 a.m. For more information call 541-488-5789, e-mail or go to

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.
A tour led by an interpretive ranger will be offered Saturday, departing from the parking lot at Captain Jacks Stronghold at noon. Public tours also are being offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays from now 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.

Lithia Park Nature Walk
Sunday and Friday, 10-11:30 a.m. Trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead the last two guided walks of the season. The easy, 90-minute nature walks through Lithia Park includes information on 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.

Oct. 11: Jacksonville Stage Coach Run 5K/10K. The 38th annual run starts at 8:30 a.m. at West D and Oregon streets. This is a spectacularly beautiful, scenic, rolling, out-and-back course with views of Roxy Ann Peak, Mount McLoughlin and the Table Rocks. Pre-registration by Oct. 7 is $15, $20 after. Race-day registration open from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Ribbons to the top three finishers in each age group. Lots of random drawings after the race. Last year 47 percent of all runners received a random-drawing gift, so don’t miss out on the festivities. Must be present to win. Entry form available at Southern Oregon Runners Web site: For information call Steve Buxton, 772-8292.

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: Sams Valley ride, 50 miles, brisk pace, 9 a.m. Meet at Colver Park in Phoenix. Contact Jerry Rhodes, 512-2155.
Saturday: Velo Vino Ride, 40-45 miles, social pace. Meet at Hawthorne Park in Medford at 9 a.m.
Sunday: Tandems + Show & Go, 20-30 miles, pace to be determined. Meet at Hawthorne Park in Medford at 11 a.m. Contact: Dan Wooton, 779-9248.
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.

Oct. 1: Rogue Valley Audubon Society bird walk along the greenway at Central Point. Meet at the dirt lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street at 8:30 a.m. For more information contact Denny Niebuhr at 482-6849.
Oct. 4: Klamath Bird Observatory Birdwalk along Bear Creek. Learn about the importance of riparian habitat for birds. Ends at Salmon Festival. Leader: Ashley Dayer. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop. Free. To register, 541-482-3241.
Oct. 4: Rogue Valley Audubon Society leads a half-day trip to Lost Creek Lake, with a side trip to Butte Creek, where we should see salmon spawning. Meet at Medford Food-4-Less, south side parking lot. Plan to carpool. Bring food and drinks. Leader: Joe Shelton, 772-4490.
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.

Nature Explorers
Friday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Northwest Nature Shop offers a monthly series of nature classes for young children and their parents to explore nature together. The next event is called “Patterns in Nature.” Participants will take a walk through Lithia Park to admire the shapes and colors of the natural world, then use that inspiration to create nature-inspired patterns and tessellations using multi-media. For children ages 6 and up. For more information and to sign up, call the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, 482-3241 in advance. Bring snacks and water and dress for the weather. Cost is $7 per adult/child pair.

Junior Waterfowl Hunt BBQ
Saturday: Cal-Ore Wetlands and Waterfowl Council will hold its annual barbecue along the Oregon-California state line in conjunction with the Junior Waterfowl Hunt.
The free barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Line RV Park. Use of the facility will be donated by the Klamath Sprig and Honker Club. The event typically draws more than 100 kids who sign up for raffles. More than 400 hot dogs and hamburgers were served last year.
This year’s event will be the third annual and is part of the string of events this year marking the 100-year anniversary of the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, which was the nation’s first large refuge dedicated to migratory birds. This year’s raffle will be held at 1 p.m.

Public Lands Day
Saturday: From 1 to 3 p.m., the Crater Lake National Park Trust will celebrate national Public Lands Day with a family day at Crater Lake. Admission is free. Enjoy ranger presentations, tribal dancing and ice cream floats for the first 500 visitors. E-mail

Hoof It-Hike It
Saturday: Have fun and support charity at this 4th annual event which offers a poker ride (on horseback) or hike. Sponsored by Help Now! Advocacy Center, the Jacksonville-area event features a scenic two- to three-hour poker ride or hike (on separate trails), BBQ, games, raffles and silent auction. The $40 early registration fee includes all events; $20 includes BBQ, raffle and auction only. Call 732-1911 or visit

Fall Wild Mushroom Show and Hike
Oct. 18: Ever find a mushroom and wonder what it is? Now you can find out. Bring your sample into Northwest Nature Shop from noon to 4 p.m., 154 Oak St., Ashland. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display at the shop. Local experts will be available to answer questions and identify mushrooms brought in. Bring your own mushrooms and learn to identify the poisonous ones. The event is free.
Oct. 26: To learn even more about local wild mushrooms, 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.

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