Table Rock Wilderness Hike
Journey to the headwaters of the Molalla River and explore the unique basalt formations of the Table Rock Wilderness.
Distance: 7.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Leader: Jonathan Jelen
Location: Table Rock Wilderness, Salem BLM
The Table Rock area outside of Molalla is a hidden wilderness gem. Designated in 1984, the Table Rock Wilderness shelters the headwaters of the Molalla River (soon to be designated as a Wild & Scenic River, fingers crossed).
The area has seen its fair share of volcanic activity and the basalt formations that form the jagged rocks are quite a sight to behold. Speaking of sights, the breathtaking views from atop Rooster Rock and Table Rock allow hikers to see up to ten of the Cascade peaks, including nearby Mt. Jefferson.
The namesake of the Table Rock Wilderness features a fortress-shaped plateau above the above the Molalla watershed and views of up to ten Cascade and Coast Range peaks. While the hike itself will take place in a protected Wilderness, the drive there is along the picturesque Molalla River. After helping secure a State Scenic Waterway designation for the river in 2016. Oregon Wild (as part of the Molalla River Alliance) is working to protect the Molalla River as a Wild & Scenic River in order to protect the wildlife habitat, world-class recreation opportunities, and clean water it provides.
Help Oregon Wild continue to provide high-quality, guided hikes into Oregon's spectacular wildlands by making a small donation with your hike sign-up. Your support helps offset the costs of our hikes program, and ensures we can all continue to explore and enjoy Oregon's natural heritage. There is a suggested donation of $5 for Oregon Wild members, and $10 for non-members. If you are unsure if your Oregon Wild membership is current, please call (503) 283-6343 ext. 205. To join, please click here.
**Due to the popularity of our hikes we urge you to only sign up if you are sure you will be attending. If you do not have access to e-mail, please contact Jonathan Jelen with any questions at (503) 283-6343 ext. 224. If you have e-mail, you can reach Jonathan here. If signing up more than one person, please use the guest feature on the next page. Minors must be accompanied by adults. Hike leaders will provide more details as the hike date approaches.
Thank you, we look forward to having you join us for the hike!
Photo by Nick Teague.