Hikes and tours
There’s no better way to see the value of conservation than by getting out onto the land. Each spring, our expert hike leaders and outdoor educators offer a series of nature outings open to members and the community.
Some of these events are on public lands, but many will take you on to private conservation properties that you may otherwise never have a chance to experience. Learn about birds, butterflies, lichens, and more. All hikes are FREE but require pre-registration to reserve a spot. These hikes fill up quickly, so make sure to sign up well in advance. See our calendar or eNews in early spring for a current schedule.
We are so grateful to our marvelous and talented volunteers who lead hikes for us every year. These volunteers include some of the best birders in our region, world-class ecologists, and people who love to share their passion for this gorgeous place we call home. Thank you Frank Lospalluto, Karen Hussey, BLM staff guides, Tom Atzet, Kristi Mergenthaler, Dennis Vroman, Dave Garcia, Kathleen Donham, Linda Kappen, Norm Barrett, Gary Schaffer and Jim Livaudais!
Upcoming hikes and tours
Hike in the early evening with botanist, naturalist, and our Stewardship Director, Kristi Mergenthaler, on this beautiful property east of Ashland.
Walk the oak woodlands, vernal pools and an impressive riparian forest along the Rogue River near Eagle Point with forest ecologist and one of the most popular guides in the region, Dr. Tom Atzet.
This outing is for folks who’ve never been to the Preserve or have only seen a little of it. We’ll explore its outer limits including a peek into the magical floodplain forest, wandering through the oak savanna, and enjoying a bag lunch by the spectacular Rogue River.
Look for Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Wood Ducks and Pygmy Owls during this joint SOLC-Rogue Valley Audubon Society tour exploring vernal pools, oak woodlands, chaparral and the riparian forest along the Rogue River with local ornithologist, Dr. Pepper Trail.
Learn about this iconic rock while hiking 3.5 miles roundtrip. Each April, the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hosts a special trip to the Table Rocks in cooperation with the BLM.
Hike with local bird expert and wildlife photographer, Frank Lopalluto, on the beautiful City of Ashland’s Imperatrice property east of Ashland in the Cascade Mountain Foothills.
Join us on a four-mile hike through Jacksonville’s Historic Rich Gulch Mining District and descend down into French Gulch to view a reestablished hydraulic mining display and water cannon. The three hour hike will also include the Chinese Diggings and Panorama Point and if time allows a partial hike on the Petard Water Ditch Trail.
Hike with botanist, naturalist, and our Stewardship Director, Kristi Mergenthaler, on this beautiful property east of Ashland.
SOLC Land Steward, wildlife biologist and birder, Karen Hussey, will lead an exploration of the beautiful bird life behind the Britt Festival in the Jacksonville Woodlands in Jacksonville.
Join retired forest ecologist and one of the most popular guides in the region, Dr. Tom Atzet, for an easy walk to a waterfall in a charming forested natural area in Ashland off Tolman Creek Road.
Biologist and local bird expert, Dennis Vroman will lead a birding trip on this private property along the Rogue River outside of Eagle Point.
Explore this special property with naturalist and one of SOLC's founding members, Dave Garcia.
Illustrator Paula Fong will lead participants in an exploration of the Rogue River Preserve, sketching and journaling to capture the natural history we encounter along the way.
Join retired forest ecologist and former SOLC board member, Dr. Tom Atzet, for a viewing of the Hellgate Canyon and hike to one of the top 10 parks in Oregon, Indian Mary Park.
Do you yearn for some uninterrupted quiet time in nature? This may be just what you need! Join SOLC Land Steward, Karen Hussey, and others with a similar desire, say hello, and then find your own quiet spot to slow down and open your senses.
Help us add to our dragonfly list while learning about dragonfly biology on a gorgeous property on the Rogue River.
Learn with Kathleen and Linda how to safely catch and identify butterflies on a privately conserved property on the Siskiyou Summit and on the adjacent Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. This event is perfect for beginners, kids welcome.
Hike Series Registration Information
Registration: All Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes are FREE. Registration for each hike opens one month prior to the hike and can be made online. We encourage everyone to register online. It's easy and quick and can been done anytime from anywhere. A confirmation email will immediately be sent and a reminder will be emailed one week prior to the hike.
Cancellation: Your confirmation email will allow you to cancel your registration if you cannot make the hike. Please cancel as soon as you know you cannot attend so we can invite people on the waiting list. Please go to the Your Account, Log In section in your confirmation email to cancel or change your registration. Or give us a call (541-482-3069).
Waiting lists: Don't be afraid of waiting lists! Folks on the waiting list often get invited to the hike, so please add your name if the hike is full. And, if we add new hikes to our series, you'll be the first to know about it.
Members only hikes: Curious about member only hikes? Members of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy are invited to MEMBERS ONLY hikes. Not a member? Click the DONATE button to become one today. It's easy and there are many levels that fit your giving ability. Members are also invited to attend events throughout the year like our New Member Farm Dinner and Annual Member Picnic.