A remnant of a lava flow that once covered this region along the western foothills of the Cascades, the "fortress" of Table Rock stands at 4,881 feet above the northeastern portion of this small Wilderness. On this steep and rugged terrain you'll find a quiet forest of Douglas fir and western hemlock, with noble fir at higher elevations and crowds of rhododendron on many of the upper slopes, an island of old growth in an ocean of forest development. At least two endangered plants bloom here: Oregon sullivantia and Gorman's aster. Deer and elk wander about in winter, and the northern spotted owl has been spotted among the old trees. From four trailheads, about 17 miles of trails give access to the Wilderness. A relatively easy hike from Table Rock Road will take you up the Table Rock Trail to the sweeping vista from the summit of Table Rock, where the land falls suddenly away in basalt cliffs on the north face. From this high point, Mount Rainier looms far to the north, Bull of the Woods Wilderness beckons from the east, and the Willamette Valley spreads out to the south.
This is a fantastic hike! I've done it several times, but actually camped on top for the first time on 08/23/2016 and that was pretty incredible. The sunset and sunrise were amazing and the stars were incredible. I would highly recommend this trail anytime. On a clear day you can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainer, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, and the Three Sisters.
Breathtaking! I've done this hike a couple times and both times it was amazing. It's pretty neat the way you hike the front side of table rock at the bad then hike up the backside to the top. Definitely a less crowded hike which helps make the sights more worth it!
Jackie S. on Pechuck Lookout
Beautiful hike but only real view once at the lookout was Table Rock.. however the trek over to Rooster Rock so worth it.. amazing 360° panoramic view. Definitely doing Rooster Rock again on a clearer day.