The Table Rocks

Trip

Day Hike - The Table Rocks

Photo / naturalist-oriented hikes to premier NW spring wildflower areas and geological sites in Klamath-Siskiyous ecoregion aka "Galapagos of the Temperate World." See many unique, beautiful, rare and endemic wildflowers; lichens and mosses, interesting geology features, as well as birds and other wildlife.

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  • Thu, Apr 18, 2019 — Fri, Apr 19, 2019
  • Seattle Naturalists Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

2/25 update:

7:45am:   Meet and depart Valley of Rogue State Park entrance (rest area)

8:30am:  Meet at trailhead  for hike on  Thursday - Lower Table Rock; and Friday - Upper Table Rock, followed by Jacksonville Arboretum (mid to late afternoon) for short hike

Updated 4/10:  See info below on Klamath-Siskiyous ecoregion, aka "The Galapagos of the Temperate World" where the Table Rocks are located.

For members only.  Day hikes:  Thursday - Lower Table Rock;  Friday - Upper Table Rock and Beekman Arboretum (Jacksonville).  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 frittileraries, 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.

The Table Rocks and Grants Pass botanical areas are part of the Klamath-SiskiyousEcoregion, aka " The Galapagos of the Temperate World."  More info below: 

"Klamath-Siskiyous: The Galapagos of the Temperate World.  If you adore plants, especially plant species that can only be found on lone mountaintops or remote river valleys, the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion in southwest Oregon and northwest California is the place for you to explore! The region supports approximately 3500 species of plants, including 281 endemic plants that grow nowhere else in the world. Some particularly charismatic endemics, around 90 species, are only found on mantle or ultramafic soils (peridotite and serpentinite). The ecoregion is also a global hotspot for conifer diversity, with 34 species (and counting) of needle-leaf, cone-bearing trees and shrubs. The Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion is also designated as an Area of Global Botanical Significance by the International Union of the Conservation of Nature and is proposed as a World Heritage Site and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve."

Consider adding 4/20-22 Mountaineers' Grants Pass Siskiyou area hikes to extend your naturalist/photo hiking explorations in SW Oregon.  Also nearby are Oregon Caves National Monument, Crater Lake National Park, S Oregon coast, and serpentine botanical areas in northern California (near Smith River and Gasquet).

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

Beekman Arboretum and Jacksonville woodlands trail map:  http://woodlands.tedwebdesign.com/media/pdf/59_117180_Take-A-Hike_Brochure.pdf

Leisurely to moderate pace group hike, 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.

Reserved accommodations recommended:  Valley of the Rogue (VOR) SP camping* (tenting/std sites & yurts); motels in Medford.    Leader tenting at VOR F-loop, with site sharing available.        *Reserve campsite ASAP or shared cost site may be available; limited tent sites.

Wildflower photo links for Table Rocks and Beekman Arboretum:

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

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

http://woodlands.tedwebdesign.com/media/pdf/82_Arboretum_Panel_half_size_qps.pdf

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

April 18 7pm (optional presentation on serpentine flora; public welcome):  Leader will attend an Oregon Native Plant Society (ONPS) presentation in Ashland (12 mi S of Medford).   Topic:  Flora of Serpentine Outcrops in Blue Mtns  (NE OR):  "..this challenging soil (derived from serpentinite) supports a peculiar vegetation.  Dick O'Donnell (ONPS) will summarize 8 years of field work in an attempt to understand the geology of these outcrops and inventory their vegetation."  Refreshments at 6:45pm.  Meeting and program at 7pm.  Location: Southern Oregon University, Science Building, room 161, Ashland.  Parking available near building.

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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