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Johnson Butte Trail #1110

Posted By on Mar 22, 2015

Johnson Butte Trail #1110: Ancient flowers, out of world views and tons of work for the Siskiyou Hiker by Gabe Howe, Executive Director In 2009 my wife, Jill, and I took out a map and traced our fingers along a route through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area that stretched from Babyfoot Lake to Vulcan Lake. We decided we were going to organize an effort to restore it. Then we’d only seen about 1/2 of the route, and it was in bad...

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Posted By on Mar 18, 2015

Contact: Gabe Howe Tel: 541-708-2056 Cell: 503-545-4911 Email: 17 MARCH 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE UNTIL APRIL 1 TO APPLY FOR SISKIYOU MOUNTAIN CLUB’S WILDERNESS CONSERVATION CORPS SUMMER TRAIL CREW 17 March 2015 | Ashland, OR — The Siskiyou Mountain Club (SMC) still has a few positions to fill for our 2015. The paid internship starts on June 19 with a week of unpaid training in a...

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Change you can see from space

Posted By on Mar 6, 2015

Our crews make change You can see from space In 2002 the Biscuit Fire roared through southwest Oregon’s 180,000-acre Kalmiopsis wilderness area. The wildfire was one of Oregon’s largest in history, and burned intensely, leaving swaths of skeleton forests in its wake. In ensuing years dead trees started falling into contiguous stacks, rendering entire trail systems impassable: Enter Siskiyou Mountain Club. In 2010 we put...

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Wild Rogue Discovery

Posted By on Feb 23, 2015

Virgin forests, oak savanna And history still alive For the Siskiyou Hiker By Gabe Howe, executive director 23 February 2015 | Marial, OR — Last weekend SMC crew leader Aaron Babcock and I led a scouting mission through the Wild Rogue Wilderness, inventorying the Panther Ridge Trail, Clay Hill Trail, and upper section of the Mule Creek Trail. We found a lot more than trail conditions. On Friday we arrived at what I call Panther...

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Super Bowl XLIX: Volunteers Win!!

Posted By on Feb 3, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX: SMC Volunteers Win!!! 3 February 2015 | Selma, OR — You want to know who really won Super Bowl XLIX? It wasn’t the Sea Hawks or the Patriots. It was our awesome volunteers. On Super Bowl Sunday, seven of us met up starting at 5:30am and headed out to the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead. While most of the country was enjoying guacamole, hot wings and cold beer, our volunteers were busy clearing about 100 logs and...

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Start February 2015 with a challenge: Full-day trip into the depths of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. We weren’t expecting another snow year like this, but we’re plugging a new trip into our calendar this Sunday, February 1. We’re going to wake up early and head to the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead, with carpools leaving Ashland, OR at 5:30am. We’ll be to the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead by about 7:30. From there...

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Director’s Choice Trips 2015

Posted By on Jan 25, 2015

We have a lot of trips planned for 2015 These are a few I’m extra excited about By Gabe Howe, executive director For the Siskiyou Hiker A few weeks ago, we released the first half of our 2015 volunteer calendar. From day hikes in the Ashland watershed, to long hitches in the Kalmiopsis, we’ve got a lot of opportunities to choose from. Check out our full first-half 2015 calendar But these are three of the trips I’m...

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Posted By on Jan 20, 2015

Tips on hiking through the Kalmiopsis: A land that makes its own rules of natural order As far as challenging, unconfined and primitive recreation go, the Kalmiopsis wilderness area (and the roadless areas surrounding it) is brimming with opportunities. But exploring the Kalmiopsis doesn’t come easy. Get started with these tips. Expect trail damage. The 2002 Biscuit Fire brought landscape-scale change to the 180,000-acre...

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Posted By on Jan 6, 2015

Contact: Gabe Howe Tel: 541-708-2056 Cell: 503-545-4911 Email: 6 JANUARY 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SISKIYOU MOUNTAIN CLUB HIRING PAID-INTERNS TO WORK SUMMER 2015 ON WILDERNESS CORPS TRAIL CREW Ashland, OR — The SMC is hiring college students to work the summer of 2015 on projects throughout southwest Oregon’s federal wilderness areas: the Wild Rogue, Kalmiopsis, Soda Mountain and Red Buttes. The crew of...

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January 10, 2015: Help clear the Frog Pond Trail The trail to Frog Pond is a steep 2-mile jaunt through groves of rare conifers and massive old growth. Frog Pond is a vast cirque lined with grassy meadows. But the trail has about 20 trees down on it, and likely more with recent storms. The steepest sections of it are channeling, and switchbacks need to be widened. Come give us a hand this Saturday, January 10. We’re betting that...

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