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  • Hiking Trail

    Upper and Lower Table Rock
  • Readers have again chosen Upper and Lower Table Rocks as their favorite hiking trails. The two flat-topped mesas are named for their relative positions along the Rogue River. Shaped by erosion, they stand about 800 feet above the north bank of the Rogue River between Sams Valley and Central Point.
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  • Readers have again chosen Upper and Lower Table Rocks as their favorite hiking trails. The two flat-topped mesas are named for their relative positions along the Rogue River. Shaped by erosion, they stand about 800 feet above the north bank of the Rogue River between Sams Valley and Central Point.
    Owned jointly by the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Table Rocks receive more than 10,000 visitors annually with more than 4,600 people participating in guided hikes each year.
    The Lower Table Rock trail climbs about 780 feet and is 1.75 miles long; the Upper Table Rock trail climbs about 720 feet and is about 1.25 miles long.
    Dwelling in the mesas are more than 70 species of animals and 340 species of plants, including 200 different wildflowers that bring hikers out each spring to view the blooms. The rocks are also home to a threatened species of fairy shrimp, known as anostraca, a tiny crustacean that lives in the vernal pools that form in the rocks during the rainy season.
    Other favorites: White Rabbit, Ashland; the Pacific Crest Trail.
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