The Table Rocks

Trip

Day Hike - The Table Rocks

See many unique, beautiful, rare and endemic wildflowers; lichens and mosses, interesting geology features, as well as birds and other wildlife at Upper and Lower Table Rocks - premier early spring wildflower trails in botanically rich Klamath-Siskyou ecoregion (SW OR)

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

8:00am - Upper Table Rock trailhead for hike to summit plateau.

1:00/1:30 pm - Lower Table Rock trailhead for hike on lower half of trail.

updated 2/8:

For members only.  Minimum 3 participants.

Day hikes:  morning - Upper Table Rock to summit plateau;  afternoon -  Lower Table Rock (lower section ~ 2.5 - 3mi rt).

Leisurely to moderate pace group hikes, with 20-minute lunch and opportunities for short to extended photo/naturalist stops.  If you're looking for a faster paced hike or solo hiking, please consider joining a trip that better matches your expectations.

 See route/place details link for brief trail descriptions.  Leader will provide copies of trail descriptions to participants.

Photo / naturalist-oriented hikes to premier NW spring wildflower areas and geological sites.  See many unique, beautiful, rare and endemic wildflowers, interesting geology features, as well as birds and other wildlife.  Among the many flowers we will be viewing, we will look for rare red and Gentler's frittilaries, coneflowers, etc.  View wild turkeys, raptors, gnatcatchers and other regional birds as well as lizards (the western fence and alligator lizards). 

Spring wildflowers at Lower and Upper Table Rocks are quite diverse and prolific from late February/early March through early June, with mid/late April an ideal time for abundant blooms.  The abundant, varied and unique spring wildflower blooms in SW Oregon's botanical areas, including Table Rocks, rival and often surpass those further north in the Columbia Gorge and central Washington.  Expect to see several tree and shrub species that range from SW Oregon to further south.

Geology info:  Hiking Oregon Geology (Elliott & Bishop) includes Upper Table geology hike.  Also see http://www.geologictrips.com/rv/rvgttr.htm 

Reserved accommodations recommended:  Valley of the Rogue SP (tenting/std sites & yurts) https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/valley-of-the-rogue-state-park/OR/402363/overview; Josephine county park campgrounds near Grants Pass http://co.josephine.or.us/camping; or motels in Medford or Grants Pass.    Reserve campsite ASAP or shared cost site may be available; limited tent sites.  Leader will be tenting at Valley of the Rogue.

Wildflower photo links for Table Rocks:

https://www.pnwflowers.com/photos/april/040412JacksonCo

https://www.pnwflowers.com/photos/april/030421TableRock

NOTE:  Drive time approx 7-8 hours from Seattle to Grants Pass, and .5 hour from Grants Pass to Medford.  Approx drive times from Portland to Grants Pass (or Medford) 3.5 (4) hours

Consider extending your SW Oregon Siskiyou trip with naturalist / photo hikes to:  4/18-19 Grants Pass Siskiyou trails: Limpy Crk, Rough & Ready, Eight Dollar Mtn / Dry Gulch darlingtonia fens, Waters Creek

Route/Place

The Table Rocks


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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