Table Rock hikes starting

Wildflowers are beginning to show their color, vernal pools are buzzing with life, spring time is returning to the southern Oregon landscape, and it is once again time for the annual spring Table Rocks weekend hike series.  The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are offering their annual guided, educational walks on the Table Rocks in April and May.  This popular hike series promises a spectacular view of the valley, an abundance of wildflowers, and expert interpretation from specialists on the natural and cultural history of the area.

Anyone is welcome to sign up.  There is no fee, but reservations are required. To reserve a space on a hike call the BLM at (541) 618-2200. Participation is limited to 30 individuals per hike, unless otherwise noted. The May schedule weekend will be in a future issue or can e viewed at

Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch and water.There is no drinking water at either Upper or Lower Table Rocks.  Restrooms are available at both trailheads. To help protect this special place and its inhabitants, dogs are not allowed on the trails. The hikes range from three to five miles roundtrip along a moderate grade trail, and last three to five hours.
2010 Table Rocks Weekend Hike Season Spring Schedule:
Saturday, Apr. 3 -10 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK  Tribal History and Culture: Robert Kentta, Cultural Resources Director,  member, and elected official of the Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians will discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes who were moved from the Rogue Valley and other parts of Western Oregon to the Siletz Reservation.Weather permitting, a 45 minute presentation of traditional basketry and regalia in the parking lot will be followed by a stroll up to the top.

Saturday, Apr. 10- 10 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK Wildflowers Abound: Barbara Mumblo, Botanist with the U.S. Forest Service, Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a hike to discover the dazzling array of wildflowers found on the Table Rocks.

Sunday, Apr.11- 10 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK Lichens and Mosses: Join certified Lichenologist Scot Loring, who has worked seventeen years as a botanical consultant in Oregon, on an exploration into the amazing world of these often overlooked organisms.  We will discuss what they are, where they grow, and their ecological roles while examining common and rare species alike.  A hand-lens or other small magnifier is recommended but not required.
Saturday, Apr. 17- 10 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK Spring in Bloom: Alex Maksymowicz of the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a hike to explore and enjoy the valley’s beautiful native flora. Participation limited to 20 individuals.

Sunday, Apr. 18 – 10 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK Nature Photography: David Sherman, specializing in macro flower and landscape photography, will lead a comfortable hike up Lower Table Rock where he will help find winning shots as the group ascends the mesa. No need for tripods, bring a steady hand and a pocket full of questions. To see David’s website, visit Bring a macro, wide angle and telephoto lens if you can, and don’t forget fresh batteries and boots if it’s wet. David will bring some samples of his work, and would love to see some of yours for creative advice.

Saturday, Apr. 24- 7:30 p.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK LOOP Night Owls: Vince Zauskey and Bob Quaccia from the Audubon Society will listen for the sounds of the night from dusk ‘til dark on a jaunt around the Lower Table Rock Loop (1/2 mile, accessible trail). These specialists will attempt to lure pygmy owls, great horned owls, and screech owls. No guarantees. A short presentation of the common owls of this area and their unique characteristics will precede the hike. Bring your flashlights and good hiking shoes. Participation limited to 20 individuals.

Sunday, Apr. 25 – 10 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK  Layers of Time: Jad D’Allura, Professor of Geology in the CPME Department at Southern Oregon University will talk about the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features observed along a hike to the top of this ancient lava flow.  Please bring something to drink, a lunch, comfortable hiking shoes, and an inquiring mind.
The May schedule weekend will be in a future issue or can be viewed at or

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