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Moon Tree Run 5k

The annual Apollo 14 Moon Tree Run 5k commemorates one of the six moon landings made during the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Former Siskiyou Smokejumper Stuart Roosa was the pilot of the lunar module Apollo 14 mission to the moon. He carried Doug Fir seeds to the moon and after his return to earth, the seeds were planted and the trees that grew from them became known as "Moon Trees." It is fitting that the starting line for the Moon Tree Run is located at the place where the Moon Tree story began. Roosa returned to the historic base in 1976 and planted one of the trees.
For more information on Roosa's life visit: http://www.space.com/20392-stuart-roosa-biography.html

Saturday June 15, 2019
5k starts at 9am
Register online for $20 at https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/CaveJunction/MoonTreeRun
Online registration closes after 6/8/19
In-person registration for $25 begins at 7:30am on 6/15/19 at the museum
Awards ceremony at 11am at the Moon Tree

This year we will be concentrating all of our volunteer efforts on the 5k trail run! The course covers much of the same ground that the former smokejumpers used for PT (physical training) to prepare for upcoming fire seasons.

Vendors are welcome! For questions, write to us at siskiyousmokejumperbase@gmail.com

Camping

There is an assortment of both private and public camping facilities within a 30 mile radius of the Moon Tree Run. Only the public and nonprofit sites are mentioned below.

County Parks
Lake Selmac is the closest county operated camping area and is located about 15 miles from the historic smokejumper base. Reservations and contact information: http://co.josephine.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=522

Grayback and Caves Creek
These are both Forest Service campgrounds located on Highway 46 near Oregon Caves National Monument. Grayback Campground is about 15 miles from the historic smokejumper base. Caves Creek is about 22 miles.
Grayback – Reservations 1-877-444-6777
Caves Creek – No reservations

Panther Flats, Patrick Creek
These are Forest Service campgrounds along Highway 199 in Smith River National Recreation Area and are located about 30-40 miles from the historic smokejumper base.
Patrick Creek Reservations 1-877-444-6777
Panther Flats Reservations 1-877-444-6777

Lodging

The communities closest to the event site have limited but unique lodging at the Oregon Caves Chateau and Out N About Tree House B&B. The communities that are closest to the event that offer a wider variety of lodging are Grants Pass and Crescent City. Allow about an hour to drive from these locations to the Moon Tree Run.

See you in June!!


Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute

Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute


grants pass courier article june 19 2010


Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump

Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump