The annual spring guided weekend hikes atop the Table Rocks by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and The Nature Conservancy begin Saturday.
There is no fee, but reservations are required. People of any age are welcome to sign up for these free interpretive hikes that have been held annually for 20 years. Participation is limited to 30 individuals per hike, unless otherwise noted.
To reserve space for a weekend hike, call the BLM Medford District office at 618-2200.
Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch and something to drink. Restrooms are available at both trailheads. No dogs are allowed on the trails. The hikes range from three to five miles round-trip along a moderate-grade trail. They last three to five hours.
Group weekday guided hikes for 10 or more are also available in the Table Rocks Environmental Education Program beginning Wednesday. Guides are available Tuesday through Friday each week, and hikes begin at 9 a.m. and last about four hours. Because of the popularity of the program, a day should be reserved as soon as possible.
To schedule a hike or for more information, contact the BLM project coordinator Leah Schrodt at 618-2468.
The weekend hike schedule can be viewed on the BLM's Table Rocks Web site, www.mailtribune.com/blm-tablerocks, and The Nature Conservancy Web site, www.mailtribune.com/nature-tablerocks.
- 10 a.m., April 4, Upper Table Rock, Lichenologist John Villella reveals the world of lichens and mosses.
- 8 a.m., April 5, Lower Table Rock, Wildlife biologist Marylou Schnoes checks out wildlife.
- 10 a.m. April 11 — Upper Table Rock — Naturalist Leah Schrodt examines the area's unique cultural history, ethnobotany and ecology.
- 9:30 a.m. April 18 — Upper Table Rock — Botanist Marcia Wineteer leads a wildflower hike.
- 10 a.m. April 19 — Lower Table Rock — Botanist Barbara Mumblo hikes for more wildflowers.
- 10 a.m. April 25 — Lower Table Rock — Retired archaeologist and historian Jeff LaLande leads a discussion of the legend and history of Takelma Indians.
- 1 p.m. April 25 — Lower Table Rock — Photographer Terry Tuttle leads shutterbugs on a nature shoot. Bring your camera.
- 10 a.m. April 26 — Upper Table Rock — Geologist Bill Elliott describes the formation of the Table Rocks.
- 10 a.m. May 2 — Upper Table Rock — Naturalist Bucky Dennerlein looks at the rock's unique natural and cultural history.
- 8:30 a.m. May 3 — Lower Table Rock — Ornithologist Harry Fuller looks for spring birds of the Table Rocks.
- 10 a.m. — May 9 — Upper Table Rock — Conservationist Molly Sullivan tells of the history of preserving the Table Rocks.
- 10 a.m. — May 10 — Lower Table Rock — Celebrate Mother's Day with a family outing led by Heather Armstrong, a BLM environmental educator.
- 10 a.m. — May 16 — Upper Table Rock — Check out the insects with Peter Schroeder, associate professor of biology and entomologist at Southern Oregon University.
- 10 a.m. — May 17 — Upper Table Rock — Ethnobotanist Donn Todt explores the science of people's relationship with plants.