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Upper Table Rock Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (6)

A short hike to big views and fields of wildflowers in season.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

2,038' 621 m

High

1,310' 399 m

Low

728' 222 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly An easy trail with several opportunities to stop along the way and leading to big views.

Open year-round. Please stay on the main trails to help prevent erosion and disturbance to sensitive vegetation. The vernal pools are especially sensitive areas. Please stay out of the pools and off the soft ground near the pools. Abundant poison oak is found along the trails. Ticks and rattlesnakes may also be encountered. High cliffs make it dangerous to venture close to the edges.

Description

The Table Rocks (Upper and Lower - named for their relationship to the Rogue River) are two of the most prominent topographic features in the Rogue Valley. Lava flows once covered the entire valley. Over geologic time, the meandering Rogue River eroded away all of these flows except for the Table Rocks, which now rise 800 feet above the current level of the river. The flat summit of Upper is a unique and delicate mounded prairie habitat, where rainwater and snow melt collect seasonally to create vernal pools. These vernal pools are a rare habitat that supports a Federally-listed threatened species of fairy shrimp and a state-threatened plant - the dwarf wooly meadowfoam - found nowhere else in the world. In the Spring, the entire plateau is awash in numerous species of colorful wildflowers.

The trail from the parking lot climbs to a low wooden fence at the top of the plateau. The fence protects the vernal pool habitat. A trail goes south from here to the southern tip of the southern "horseshoe" of Upper Table, for views of the Rogue Valley, the Siskiyou Crest, and Mount McLoughlin. Another trail goes directly west from here for more views of the Valley and of the cliffs on the other side of the horseshoe. A final trail turns north from here to connect with the remnants of Pumice Lane which can be followed around past the VORTAC station to the other side of the horseshoe.

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Shared By:

Bruce Hope

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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#179

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#6,604

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Upper Table Rock Trail
Mar 6, 2019 near White City, OR
Upper Table Rock Trail
Mar 6, 2019 near White City, OR
03.01.2019 Upper Table Rock Trail
Mar 6, 2019 near White City, OR
Mount McLoughlin beyond a field of wildflowers on Upper Table
Nov 4, 2017 near White City, OR
The rare Dwarf Wooly Meadowfoam on Upper Table Rock
Nov 4, 2017 near White City, OR
More wildflowers on Upper Table
Nov 4, 2017 near White City, OR

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