Table Rock and Bull of the Woods
Pechuck Lookout and Rooster Rock
Upper Molalla Divide
Thunder Mountain and Skookum Lake
Bagby Hot Springs and Silver King Lake
Pansy Lake and Bull of the Woods
Bull of the Woods
Big Slide Lake
Elk Lake Creek
Mother Lode Loop
Rho Creek and Big Bottom
The Table Rock Wilderness and the northern half of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness is where Mount Jefferson country begins. That is to say, this is where Mount Jefferson becomes the biggest, baddest and closest major peak on the horizon, and where the forest begins to change character, more closely resembling the magical forests in the Opal Creek and Breitenbush areas. The peaks in this area are rugged and the forests similarly magical, full of moss and sparkling waterfalls. But it does not come easy.
The hikes in this area are rugged, often climbing steeply from valley floors up to rocky viewpoints that stretch from the volcanoes of southwest Washington all the way south to the Three Sisters, and sometimes even further south. The area surrounding the Table Rock Wilderness is heavily logged, but the Bull of the Woods Wilderness offers some of the nicest ancient forest left in the entire Oregon Cascades. Even better, this area features one of the most comprehensive trail systems in the Cascades, offering many opportunities for longer hikes, loops and adventure. A good topographic map is a must when visiting this neck of the woods.
One thing to keep in mind when visiting this area is that many of these hikes are extremely remote and require long drives on forest roads of varying quality. Before visiting this area it is a good idea to check your car and tires to be sure everything is in working order. Do not count on your phone or your charms to get you out of a dangerous situation in this area. I recommend bringing a spare tire, a good topographic map and an ax or chainsaw every time you drive up this way. The best strategy is vigilance.