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Free guided hikes at Table Rocks begin in early April

The federal Bureau of Land Management and the Nature Conservancy again are teaming together to offer a series of guided spring hikes at Table Rocks.

The guided hikes begin April 7 and run into early June, with different experts guiding hikes highlighting different facets of the flora at Upper and Lower Table Rocks.

Everything from wildflowers to the critters living in the unique vernal pools of the Agate Desert will be highlighted in hikes set for both weekdays and weekends. The hikes range from three to five miles roundtrip and the trails are moderate grade. The trips last three to five hours apiece and are free.

Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch and something to drink.

There is no drinking water at either Upper or Lower Table Rocks. Restrooms are available at both trailheads.

For more than 20 years, various school and community groups have been guided by the Table Rocks Environmental Education Program to the tops of Upper and Lower Table Rocks. Groups of 10 or more, regardless of age, can sign up for guided weekday hikes.

To schedule a hike or for more information contact Leah Schrodt, BLM Project Coordinator, at 618-2468, or visit the BLM's Web site via this abbreviated Web link: tinyurl.com/2kb24t. You can also view the schedule of guided weekend hikes on that page.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.