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Table Rock Wilderness, Molalla

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The Table Rock Wilderness is a small pocket wilderness designated in 1984

in the western Cascade Mountains in northwestern Oregon, United States. The wilderness area protects 5,500 acres (2,200 ha) of forest in the historic Molalla River–Pudding River drainage basin, some 19 miles (31 km) southeast of Molalla, Oregon and 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Portland. Somewhat unusual for a wilderness in this area is that it is on BLM land rather the nearby Mount Hood National Forest.
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  • warning! i pulled my hamstring on this one, as I did not stretch beforehand. it has been over 9 months of recovery. yet, this hike was amazing. it was our second try as first time there was way... 
    warning! i pulled my hamstring on this one, as I did not stretch beforehand. it has been over 9 months of recovery. yet, this hike was amazing. it was our second try as first time there was way...  more »
  • Great place to hike, bird watch, camp and just be out in the sticks. For an old geezer a bit of a strain, but certainly worth it! 
    Great place to hike, bird watch, camp and just be out in the sticks. For an old geezer a bit of a strain, but certainly worth it!  more »
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  • We went in June and it was cooler up there for sure, but it was perfect because the hiking heated us up quite a bit. We were all still sweating a descent amount. The views are fantastic and the trail is clear and quite visible. There was only one part where we had a question of where the trail was, but we found it pretty easy. It was during a rock avalanche crossing part of the hike. Would recommend!
  • The Table Rock Wilderness is an oasis of deep forest surrounded by a sea of clearcuts and forest re-growing after past timber harvests. In the summer of 1973 a group of high school students participating in the Youth Conservation Corps sponsored by the Salem District of the Bureau of Land Management began the work of carving a trail out of the wilderness starting at the edge of a logging road. On days bathed in glorious sunshine and others drenched in torrential Pacific Northwest rains the crews of teenager hiked up the trail each morning tools in hand to move boulders, slash through the underlying vegetation, and find ways to snake a footpath up and up the steep hillsides heading to a massive talus slope at the foot of Table Rock. One black bear was surprised in the berry patches along the trail - deer wandered through the trailwork areas - and pikas peeped daily at the intruders building a trail that would ultimately provide the impetus to preserve this area as wilderness. In 1973 the trail was built up to the saddle between Rooster Rock and Table Rock. In the winter of 1973-74, a couple of us trail builders made an intrepid attempt to snowshoe to the top of Table Rock in the midst of a raging snowstorm... We were turned back by a blizzard that nearly stranded us up the logging road to the trailhead. In 1974, another group of YCC'ers couldn't work on the trail due to a massive snowfall that buried the Cascades that winter and spring. I worked at a teen-age participant in those summers and then, in the summer of 1975, a third YCC group finished the trail at the crest of Table Rock on an amazing sunny day with Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood looking on. What an amazing place.

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