First 'Hikers Rendezvous' planned today

The Ashland Outdoor Store will launch its inaugural Southern Oregon Hikers' Rendezvous today to give people in the hiking community a chance to meet fellow outdoors enthusiasts and gather information on new trails. The rendezvous will run from 6:15 to 7 p.m. at the store, 37 Third St., Ashland. Store owner Steve Rice says he wants this to be the first of regular monthly rendezvous at the store. Gabe Howe, founder and executive director of the Siskiyou Mountain Club, will offer a presentation about new hikes in the region. Howe will detail backpacking trips in the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area, a remote arm of the Siskiyou Crest, and areas around Oregon Caves National Monument. All three are connected to the Pacific Crest Trail. Howe will provide details of the routes, and maps will be available. He will also discuss trail conditions and the historic trail-maintenance backlogs among federal land-management agencies. There will also be a raffle with chances to win an SMC membership and gear provided by the store. Beer, wine and snacks will be provided by Indigo Creek Outfitters.

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