Not to be confused with the incredible rock formation near Medford, Oregon, this Table Rock is the namesake for the Table Rock Wilderness just southeast of Molalla, Oregon. Table Rock is the highest point in this wilderness area, and if you are at the 4,811-foot summit on a clear day you will enjoy views of nearby Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainer to the north, and Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, and the Three Sisters to the south.
Though driving directions are a little tricky and an unhealthy amount of effort has been made to vandalize road and trail signs, the trail itself is a great walk through noble fir, hemlock, and Douglas fir. You’ll spend the first portion of the trip on a decommissioned road currently being reclaimed by the native vegetation. After approximately one mile the trail leaves the road for the woods and you’ll begin your light but constant ascent to the summit. As the trail cuts beneath Table Rock you will cross through a gigantic boulder field where the trail is marked with cairns. The trail returns to the forest briefly as it winds around the opposite side of Table Rock to make its final ascent.
While you are enjoying the views of the surrounding Cascades, don’t forget to walk a little farther down the summit trail to overlook the view of the boulder field that you just crossed through. You’ll pass a small backcountry camping site that has suffered a little from lazy users; if you are energetic enough to make it to the top with your own water and overnight gear, please take the time to bury your waste as well. Also, this trail has a reputation for Bigfoot sightings, so keep your eyes peeled!