The annual weekend guided spring hikes on the Upper and Lower Table Rocks offered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy begin Saturday, April 3.
The hikes, which will focus on topics from wildflowers to the rocks beneath them, are free but reservations are required since most events are limited to 30 participants or less.
Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch and water. No dogs are allowed on the trails. The hikes range from three to five miles round trip along a moderate grade trail, and last three to five hours.
To reserve a space on a hike, call the BLM's Medford District office at 541-618-2200.
The spring guided hike schedule includes:
Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Robert Kentta, cultural resources director of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes who were moved from the Rogue Valley and other parts of western Oregon to the Siletz Reservation. Traditional basketry and regalia will be presented for viewing, weather permitting.
Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Barbara Mumblo, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forrest botanist and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a hike to discover the array of wildflowers.
Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock — Lichenologist Scot Loring will look at lichen and mosses in the area. Participants should bring a hand lens or other small magnifier.
Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Alex Maksymowicz of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will look at the area's beautiful and unique native flora. Participation limited to 20 individuals.
Sunday, April 18, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Nature photographer David Sherman will lead camera buffs on this comfortable hike. Just bring a camera and questions.
Saturday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Lower Table Rock loop — Owl experts Vince Zauskey and Bob Quaccia from the Audubon Society talk owls during this half-mile hike. Bring a flashlight. Participation limited to 20 individuals.
Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock — Jad D'Allura, geology professor of Southern Oregon University, talks about the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features observed along a hike to the top of this ancient lava flow.
Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Retired archaeologist and historian Jeff Lalande discusses the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the area during the conflicts of the 1850s.
Sunday, May 2, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Certified nutritionist Michael Altman, a member of the American Herbalists Guild who teaches at SOU and the College of the Siskiyous, talks about the role plants play to improve health and overcome disease. He also will identify a number of species found on Lower Table Rock and discuss their medicinal uses.
Saturday, May 8, 8:30 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Harry Fuller, a Klamath Bird Observatory volunteer and veteran birder, leads a trip to view the spring birds. Participation is limited to 15 individuals.
Sunday, May 9, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock — Spend Mother's Day with Molly Allen, a BLM environmental interpretation specialist, on a family hike focusing on wildflowers, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history.
Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock — Entomologist Peter Schroeder, associate professor at SOU, checks out bugs on the mesa.
Sunday, May 16, 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock, Gwyn Myer, BLM environmental interpretation specialist, looks at the relationship between people and plants through the years.
Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Illustrator William Reed steps out on a nature sketch trip. Participation is limited to 14 individuals.
Sunday, May 23, 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock — Sean Anderson, BLM wildlife biological technician, and Heather Armstrong, a BLM environmental interpreter, lead a trip to explore the rich natural world on the picturesque rock.