Table Rock Wilderness


Table Rock Wilderness

Infobox_protected_area | name = Table Rock Wilderness
iucn_category = Ib


caption =
locator_x =
locator_y =
location = Oregon, USA
nearest_city = Molalla, Oregon
lat_degrees = 44
lat_minutes = 57
lat_seconds = 46
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122
long_minutes = 20
long_seconds = 32
long_direction = W
area = convert|5500|acre|km2|1|sing=off
established = 1984
governing_body = Bureau of Land Management
The Table Rock Wilderness is a small pocket wilderness designated in 1984 cite web
url =http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&wname=Table%20Rock%20Wilderness
title = Table Rock Wilderness
publisher = wilderness.net
accessdate = 2007-02-15
] in the western Cascade Mountains in northwestern Oregon, United States. The wilderness area protects 5,500 acres (8.6 mi², 22 km²) of mature timber in the Molalla River drainage basin, some 19 miles southeast of Molalla, Oregon and 50 miles southeast of Portland. Despite its small size, the wilderness spans Clackamas and Marion counties. Somewhat unusual for a wilderness in this area is that it is on BLM land instead of nearby Mount Hood National Forest.

Topography

The wilderness is in the densely forested and lower western Cascades, with the highest point being the namesake "Table Rock" [There are eight distinct points in Oregon named "Table Rock" according to the " [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/ U.S. Board on Geographic Names] " database.] which rises 4,881 feet above sea level. [ Sources disagree on the elevation of the summit. US Board of Geographic Names gives 4,810 feet; Wilderness.net gives 4,881 feet; TopoZone gives 1488 m (4,882 feet).]

Vegetation

The rugged of Table Rock Wilderness is home to a forest of old-growth Douglas fir and western hemlock, with noble fir at higher elevations and crowds of rhododendron on many of the upper slopes. By August huckleberry and salmonberry ripen on the slopes of Table and Rooster Rock. [Like "Table Rock", there are five listed locations in Oregon named "Rooster Rock".] The rock slide on the north facing side of Table Rock is surrounded by a profusion of salmonberry. At least two endangered plants bloom here - Oregon sullivantia and Gorman's aster.

Trails

There are four trailheads to the area. The main trail, "Table Rock Trail", is the same path used by native Americans and was part of the larger cross-Cascades trail system. Site of archeological interest can be found here, including a petroglyph rock. [ cite web
url = http://www.oregonhistorictrailsfund.org/trails/showtrail.php?id=10
title = Oregon's Historic Trails: Klamath Trail, 19th Century
publisher = Oregon Historic Trails Fund
accessdate = 2007-02-15
] A moderately difficult hiking trail climbs 3.6 miles to the summit of Table Rock where the western Cascades can be viewed. The panorama stretches from Mount Rainier in the north to Mount Shasta a mere speck in the distance, in California. The higher trails are snow covered from November to May, though usually clear by Memorial Day.

Wildlife

The rock slide on the north facing side of Table Rock is well populated with a large colony of pikas, a small alpine rodent.

References

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ee also

* List of Oregon Wildernesses
* List of U.S. Wilderness Areas
* Wilderness Act

External links

* [http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=stateView&state=or&
]

Table Rock Wilderness

This is the the wilderness reference point according to the USGS

Table Rock summit


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