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.

Great Hike thru western forests. some steep area's and there were a few snow drifts left. And yes the lookout smells of weed. I'll check it out again in the summer when the shutters are off.

hiking
21 days ago

This one is a butt kicker right at the jump but slow and steady wins the race and the lookout is pretty cool (although it reeks of weed and mold during the winter!) I would call this one challenging due to the steep switchbacks but an awesome view and well worth the 185 BPMs for the first mile!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike through the woods to an amazing view of the mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

I completed this hike on 1/6/18 with a couple of friends. The snow in the Rock field was the most challenging part as it was hard to navigate through the trail while sinking in almost a foot of snow in some cases. It is still doable with regular hiking boots if you're up to the challenge. Bring warm clothes; gloves would help. I'd recommend checking the weather before hand too and be cautious and aware of the risks of hiking through ice and snow.

Reaching the trail head was a little confusing on it's own. If it weren't for another user who mentioned following the Table Rock trail sign with the black arrow, we wouldn't have found it. Follow your GPS to the trail as normal but once a few miles away, keep an eye out for the sign mentioned before. Simply follow that main gravel road (there are two forks I believe but remain on the road going up) and you'll reach the top of the road where the hike is. we

hiking
2 months ago

Easy quick hike Sunday 12/17/17. No others at trailhead. Took about 2.5 hours to top taking our time and navigating ice. Light snow on old road in beginning, patches of ice and snow on trail up. Snow around 8 inches deep at top. Managed hike using Yaktraks, but boulder field was a bit of a scramble. Trail easy to follow.

hiking
2 months ago

Snow on the boulder field bring micro spikes or yak tracks - still passable ! Perfect 10 day today ! Definitely able to make it to the top with our two pups ! Watch out if you put in “ table rock trailhead “ in your GPS you will miss your turn but there is a sign with a hard to read black arrow that will guide you up the right road ! ( posted a picture above) Some snow on road but nothing crazy ! Do it this week if you can !

hiking
3 months ago

hardly a trace of snow, still cold! trail in good condition although a lot of down timber. no rat traffic in the lookout at night! use the hand saw and leave some wood to dry inside. trees surrounding the lookout are blocking the view. Not my call to do anything about it! Cheers.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful but we didn’t make it to the top due to lack of time. There was snow but still hikeable at the moment. Can’t imagine it will last much longer without proper snow hiking gear.

hiking
4 months ago

Table Mountain itself is beautiful. The view at the top of Mt Hood + the rest is beautiful. Not beautiful? The (very recent) clearcuts surrounding the wilderness. Still, the view at the top is worth it and would be one of the best in the Portland area imho if it weren't for all the bald forests. If it's clear, Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, the Three Sisters, Hood & Mt Jeff are all visible - and the last two are especially amazing from here.

Probably snow now, but great in early summer for wildflowers. Plus, one of the cleanest trailhead bathroom facilities I've seen in my life.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views of the Cascades on a clear day. Was not a fan of the giant horse flies all over the trail and at the top.

on Pechuck Lookout

hiking
6 months ago

Short trail. The beginning is pretty tough but it gets easier after you get to the ridge. Once at the top, take the trail to the left to go to Rooster Rock or go right to Peachuck Lookout. The trail begins across from the billboard. There is another trail that leads from the parking lot which I assume is an old fire access road, but am unsure. We made the mistake of going down it. It didn't seem trafficked at all. There is a small mound at the beginning of that trail, don't go there. The beginning of this trail starts climbing pretty rapidly.

backpacking
6 months ago

my wife and I stayed the night at the top in hammocks. not windy or too cold. sunrise was amazing.

Excellent views from top and in the trail. Variety of flowers and trails

hiking
6 months ago

This is a fantastic hike. I went during the week and did not see a single other person. Beware of the bear and cougar in the area. I encountered a large bear in the parking area at the trail head. The lookout is very well taken care of, and the trail is maintained. It is a good example of a moderate difficulty trail with some ups and downs and a few flat areas.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail. The views from the top could have been so much prettier had the air not been filled with smoke from all of the wildfires, but it was gorgeous nonetheless. The boulder field was fun...enjoyed the different aspects to this trail.

backpacking
6 months ago

At 4,881 feet, it's the tallest peak within the wilderness area where it seats offering up amazing views for us from The Three Sisters up to Mount St. Helens. On clear days I've heard you can see all the way to Mt. Shasta in northern California. We enjoyed an amazing sunset over the Cascade Range that made for brilliant colors with all the smoke from the wild fires going on. We setup our hammocks in some trees with some help from a large bush and creeping pine we had a protective barrier from the exposed ridge next to us just a bit below the summit. We made a hearty spaghetti on our stoves with fresh veggies pre cut up and seasonings and some tomato paste for a delicious saucey mountain top dinner! Slept/laid in my hammock from 1am-6am. The air was still and warm and most the night I wasn't even in my sleeping bag. It was enjoyable with the sounds of spotted owls further down the mountain and the full moon making its way across the sky though. Out of the hammock at 6:15 to watch the sunrise. With the still air over night the smoke moved back in and shrouded our views of Mount Jefferson and Hood unfortunately but it was still beautiful. We then spent some time exploring around the summit, this mountain is awesome! After that we had some breakfast, packed up camp and proceeded back down the trail. Had some incredible hummingbirds following me for awhile pausing on branches from time to time in front of me or hover within feet and buzzing by, it was incredible. Half way down we found a spring making puddles in the dry creek bed, what a sight as we were getting thirsty after using the rest of our water with breakfast and the next available water was towards the bottom only a mile from the car. We filtered it out because of pine needles and bugs on top of the surface but boy it was the clearest, best tasting, most refreshing water ever! Feeling hydrated again we made our way down the rest of the trail stopping to observe two woodpeckers busy at work before arriving back to the trailhead. We also enjoyed some wild edibles along the way including: wood sorrel, fireweed, huckleberry, salmonberry, thimbleberry, and blackberry. This hike was sweet!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it! Not too many people hiking it which made it nice. It doesn't seem like it would be worth the hike but once you are at the top and can see everything for miles you'll know it's worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

This was an awesome hike and a great workout! Beautiful views throughout. I look forward to doing this again.. truly beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

I loved the elevation gain and the view of 11 mountains once you reach the top was spectacular! Wild flowers were blooming.
Although there is a sign that marks a fork in the road for the trailhead it doesn't specify which one to take: veer right!

hiking
8 months ago

Oh my gosh, this is amazing :) Definitely something to plan for though, good shoes, plan on getting dirty and tired. It's June and we hiked through a little mud and a big chunk of snow. I would say it's a little harder then a moderate hike. It's pretty up hill at some points, but when you get there it's so worth it! I can't wait to go again! More exploring next time!

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