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Spring Hikes on the Table Rocks

What's it like atop majestic remnants of ancient lava flows?

See for yourself during free, guided hikes at the Table Rocks near Medford. Wildflowers should be spectacular, and local experts will discuss natural and cultural history, species diversity and more. A few details for an enjoyable trek:

  • Dress for the weather (including comfortable hiking shoes).
  • Bring lunch (unless otherwise noted).
  • No drinking water available, but there are restrooms.
  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • Hikes are 3 to 5 miles roundtrip on a moderate grade trail, and they last 3 to 5 hours.
  • Hikes are free, but reservations are required and space is limited to 20 individuals, unless otherwise noted. Please contact the Medford District BLM at 541.618.2200 M-F 7:30–4:30 p.m. to sign up.
  • Please sign up by 4 p.m. the Friday before the hike.

Upcoming Hikes  

Caminata Familiar en español
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. UPPER TABLE ROCK
Bridgette Cuffe, especialista de educación ambiental del BLM, será la guía para esa caminata naturalista familiar. Ella presentará información en español acerca de las plantas y animales silvestres además de la ecología, geología e historia cultural de los Table Rocks. 

K’oyóoxinikʰ Titanakʰ kaʼá l (We are going together at Table Rock.)
Sunday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Amy Amoroso, Natural Resource Director for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, will discuss the tribe’s connection to southern Oregon and the Table Rocks. Learn what their natural resources program is doing to enhance, restore, and manage natural resources and tribal lifeways for future generations.

Wildflowers Abound
Saturday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK
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. 

Powerful Pollinators
Sunday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Find out what all the buzz is about by joining Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a. Bee Girl, who will explain why pollination is essential for our survival. On this family-friendly hike learn about the birds and the bees and their relationship with the wildflowers and trees that produce a rainbow of colors on the Table Rocks. Limited to 15 individuals.

Layers of Time
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Jad D'Allura, Emeritus Professor of Geology 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.

For the Early Bird
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK
Bob Quaccia, local bird expert withRogue Valley Audubon, will take you to view the spring birds of Table Rocks. Learn I.D. tips and conservation information. Bring binoculars and I.D. books if you desire. Limited to 15 individuals.

Mighty Oaks!
Sunday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK
Join Keith Perchemlides, Field Ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, to explore a remarkable diversity of oak habitats including savannas, woodlands and shrublands.  Oaks of all shapes and sizes are vital to the lives of wildlife, other plants, and people. Research and conservation partners including the Conservancy, BLM, Lomakatsi Restoration Project and Klamath Bird Observatory are finding 100+ reasons to love them—learn why you should too!

Eye on the Night Sky
Saturday May 3, 7:30 p.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Join Kevin Ratkovich, president of the Southern Oregon Skywatchers, on a night hike to look for Mars, Jupiter, and other celestial bodies! The Southern Oregon Skywatchers was founded in 1993 with the goal of making astronomy fun and accessible to the public. Club members have since shared the wonders of the night sky with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people of all ages. Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight and binoculars, if you have them.

Spring in Bloom
Sunday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Celebrate National Wildflower Week with Chamise Kramer, botanist at the BLM and explore the valley's beautiful native flora and wildflowers of the Table Rocks.

Grand Ronde Tribes, Past to Present
Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK
Join Michael Karnosh, Ceded Lands Program Manager at the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, to learn about traditional and culturally important plants of the tribes whose ancestors include the original residents of the Table Rocks area. He will also discuss modern day Tribal management of conservation properties and partnerships with government agencies, land trusts, and other groups.

Night Owls
Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. at LOWER TABLE ROCK LOOP
Steve Godwin, wildlife biologist with the BLM, will listen for the sounds of the night from dusk ‘til dark on a jaunt around the Lower Table Rock Loop Trail (1/2-mile accessible trail). Steve will attempt to lure pygmy, great horned, and screech owls—no guarantees! A short presentation of the common owls in this area and their unique characteristics and adaptations will precede the hike. Bring your flashlights and good hiking shoes!

Mother’s DayGeneral Family Hike
Sunday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Spend Mother’s Day with a BLM environmental interpretation specialist on a familyhike to the top of the rock! This is a general information hike suitable for the whole family. Topics will include wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology, and cultural history. 

Incredible Insects and Spectacular Spiders!
Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Dr. Peter Schroeder, Associate Professor of Biology and Entomologist at Southern Oregon University, will lead a hike to explore and discuss the amazing six- and eight-legged animals found on and around the Table Rocks. 

Wacky Weather
Sunday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. at UPPER TABLE ROCK
Join Alan Journet, Co-Facilitator of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Network (SOCAN), for a hike and discussion of climate change projections for the Rogue Valley and the potential consequences of these on the Table Rocks and other natural and agricultural systems. 

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