Lower Table Rock - May 1, 2010
Coordinator Lois Soulia, narration by Lois Soulia and pictures by Nettie Apland and Diane Rannow
On May 1st the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club traveled south on I-5 to revisit and hike Lower Table Rock one of the wonderful U-shaped mesas which are the remnants of a lava flow that happened 9.6 million years ago.
There were 18 hikers who watched the weather turn from very wet to perfect hiking weather as they approached the trail head. Unfortunately the clouds blocked the views of the Crater Lake Rim and Mt. McLoughlin but views of the Rogue valley and the surrounding snow-capped mountains made the 5.5 mile hike worth the climb.
The dark blue camas were on show as were the cat’s ears (Calochotus macrocarpus), the pink swatches of sea blush (Plectritis) and the wonderfully showy blue-eyed Marys (Collinsia Grandiflora) . We had Pete, a horticulturist, with us who was a wonderful source of information as he identified coyote mint and an exquisite cliff fern among others. Table Rock deserved its reputation as a wonderful spring wild flower show.
The trail down to the adjoining mesa is overgrown by trees and brush so those wanting a longer hike were frustrated but were satisfied with the day’s offerings of views and flowers. There were several new faces who joined the group which enriched the hike. All in all, Table Rock offers treasures of botany, geology and of course the scenic fix for which we hike.
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club