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The Rogue Valley's Hike of the Week

Upper Table Rock



How to get there:

From I-5, take Central Point Exit 32. Drive East — mile and take a left (north) onto Table Rock Road. Follow this road for 7.5 miles to a junction with Modoc Road. Turn right (northeast) onto Modoc Road and drive 1.5 miles to the public parking on the left.

Brief Information:

Upper Table Rock is a year-round hike with great views of the Rogue Valley. The hike is about 1.25 miles to the top, (elevation 2,036 feet) with beautiful wildflowers all along the trail. At the top there are vernal pools with Pacific tree frogs as well a plethora of birds.

Stick close to the trail due to abundant poison oak, rattlesnakes, ticks and high cliffs. The Bureau of Land Management advises: "No potable water. Please do not pick the wildflowers. Stay on main trails and out of the sensitive vernal pools."

Dogs, horses, bikes, motor vehicles, fires, alcohol and narcotics are prohibited.

History:

Volcanic lava used to cover the Rogue Valley and, over the past million years, erosion has worn down the lava and sandstone sediment, leaving Upper and Lower Table Rock.

Table Rock was once a sanctuary for Rogue Valley Native Americans until the 1850s, when settlers and gold prospectors invaded the valley. Due to its unique geological structure, Table Rock was a place for the Native Americans to hide, ambush, attack and hold councils during the years of resistance and war.

Trails were built in 1981 by the Young Adult Conservation Corps. Upper Table Rock is designated as an Outstanding Natural Area and is geared for public use more than Lower Table Rock.