One Day on Upper Table Rock 03-Mar-2018

Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon

The weather forecast for today was not extending the hand of hiker friendship. In fact, it was petulent and gloomy. If I’d bought into its warnings and watches, what proved to be an exceptionally nice day on Upper Table Rock would have been forsaken. With The LovedOne entangled in the skeins of the annual Rose City Yarn Crawl, some geocaching seemed like an appropriate way to fill the void. Poking around looking for little slips of paper in small containers has its moments, which are all that much better when the weather surprises you with niceness. Hunting for the caches took me into seldom visited (and ecologically fascinating) areas of the plateau and I didn’t see anyone else until I got back to the main trail.  There is a lot of water up there, not just in the vernal pools, but everywhere; which speaks well for an exuberance of wildflowers in April and May.

Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
The abandoned section of Pumice Lane goes under
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A vernal pool fills
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A small stream courses through an oak woodland
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Snow lingers in the forest
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A lichen rocks!
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Frogs chorus in the ephemeral pond
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Clouds overshoot a vernal pool
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
Mount McLoughlin looms beyond a pool
Upper Table Rock Medford Oregon
A meadow of future wildflowers awaits the Spring

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4 thoughts on “One Day on Upper Table Rock 03-Mar-2018

  1. Love these pretty views! I totally forgot about geocaching until this post. That used to be the way I’d get my husband to go outside with me before he fell in love with hiking!

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    1. Thanks! Geocaching is fun to do when we don’t want to or can’t do a long hike. It gets us outside and helps us hone our nav skills.

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  2. Yup, we’re trying to hold out on the Table Rocks till those spring flowers arrive. From the looks of things, now there will be plenty of water to get them on their way when the temps warm up. Was the trail up pretty muddy or icy?

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    1. The trail up wasn’t icy and was only muddy in a few spots. On top, the main use trail was muddy and flooded in several places – but you could work around those.

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