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.
I don't see the hike I did on here, so my review is a hike from old bridge trailhead to rooster rock. We thought about making our way to Table rock but the snow turned us around. The 3k foot elevation gain/loss is fairly difficult! There is a rock outcrop west of rooster rock that provides amazing 360 degree views.
We went up 5/1/2016 and there was still quite a bit of snow towards the top. We brought our dog and nearly lost him in the snow crevasses so decided to turn around and finish the hike next month once the snow has finished melting. Beautiful terrain however, and looking forward to attempting it again. I'm sure this is worthy of five stars once you reach the top, we just weren't able to get there yet!!
4-9-16 Our traditional hike up Table Rock was early this year, really didn't think the road would be open yet... BUT IT WAS! Some snow drifts on the section from parking area to the actual OLD trail head that heads into the woods but nothing too bad. We took the shortcut that bypasses the bolder field (not going to tell you where that is). At the switchbacks near the top there was a lot of snow drifts that had NO tracks in them , not fun but yet again it was. You really had to know the trail because in spots it just disappeared under the snow. We kept falling through the snowdrifts... At the top about 2 to 3 feet of snow I'm guessing. Clear day so you could see St. Helens, Rainer, Adams Hood, and Jefferson. On way down finally saw the 2 groups that started at same time we did, they went normal route and had a very hard time going through the bolder field.
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11-8-15 My annual trip up table rock... It was getting a little late in the season and not sure if I would make it up since the road is snowed in most of the winter. This was my first time up by myself. I knew the weather was going to be poor, as in pouring rain however it did stop near the top so it could snow sideways (a total blast) no joking I loved the whole thing. The trail was still in good shape, I did take the shortcut and didn't see anyone until the very top, they said the regular trail was washed out in one area and it was hard to get by. The fog and snow was so thick at the top you could only see 100 yards but that was ok, still one of the best hikes up.
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