Table Rock Wilderness Panorama
From the flanks of Rooster Rock
in the Old Cascades, you experience a rare vision of the main
Cascade Range. Visible are the western sides of Mt. Jefferson,
Rooster Rock, Three-Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, and the Three
Sisters. A suggestion of Diamond Peak also appears. Mt. Jefferson
at 10,495 ft. is Oregon's second highest peak, and South Sister
is the third highest. We are standing at about 4,500 ft... Profuse
wildflowers bedeck the meadows at the foot of Rooster Rock. The
BLM has these meadows slated for a meadows rejuventation project
during the summer of 2004, which may include some prescribed burning
to push back the encroaching trees.
This image was a finalist in the May 2005 national contest sponsored by the National Landscape Conservation System, based in Washington, D.C. This image is for sale, see details below:
The image was taken from Rooster Rock (elev. 4624), looking north along the ridge toward Table Rock. The summit of Table provides a truly spectacular view spreading all the way from Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams, to Mt. Hood and southward all the way to Diamond Peak! As the summit lies at just under 5,000 ft, snow can linger under its spectacular north and east cliffs until June. The trails are narrow and occasionally quite rocky and brush-choked. Horse travel is discouraged strongly on the main Table Rock trail. The trail between Rooster Rock and Table Rock is called the Divide Trail, and was nearly impassable in 2002 due to brush, some of which was very spiny and painful. Go south about five miles on the Divide Trail and you will come to the BLM 's Salem District's Mt. Pechuck Lookout (elev. 4338). It's a gorgeous stone and frame cupola-style lookout that was built in 1932. It's on the National Historic Register of lookout towers, and is for rent on a reservation basis. Don't miss this Link to our pages on Cougar sightings and mountain lion dangers within Oregon.