I haven’t been able to find time for the North Umpqua run yet so I decided last weekend to head out to the Table Rock Wilderness. TRW is a beautiful little area. It’s basically a couple of mountain ranges, 3, that extend out from Rooster Rock. Part of what makes TRW so incredible is Pechuck Lookout. It’s a STONE lookout tower. It’s first come first serve and no reservations. It’s a little slice of awesome just outside Molalla.
It’s a pretty quick little run up to Table Rock from the trailhead. Along this trail there’s a little outcropping of rocks that you can climb up. On the far end there’s a geocache in a green munitions box. I left a little note and took inventory.
Once up to Table Rock I sat and rested for a little while. I chatted with some folks for a little a bit while flip flopping in my head if I should run to Rooster Rock. I hadn’t run this section before and I’d heard stories about how steep it was. I asked a guy and gal to pick a number between 1 and 10. If I was within 2 of their number I would run to Rooster. I chose four immediately. They chose four so onto Rooster I went.
The Saddle Trail really was something else. It definitely isn’t a heavily traveled trail. Parts of it were a bit tricky to follow because of recent vegetation growth. I had to stop quite a few times to figure out where the trail went. Parts of the trail also had some water damage but that’s to be expected.
I didn’t stay at Rooster long. There were 3 people and a cute beagle/dachshund mix. The doggo took to me pretty well. We chatted while I drank some water. I was flip flopping in my head if I should head south to Pechuck Lookout. I asked them to pick a number between 1 and 10. If I’m within 2 I’ll goto Pechuck. I chose 5. They chose 7. Onto Pechuck I went.
Pechuck Lookout is really something else. It’s 2 stories. It has shuddered windows. There’s a deck. A beautiful view. A fire pit. An old bed frame outside. There’s even a wonderful spring a bit downhill from it. The tower itself is well provisioned. 4 benches that double as beds. A well stocked first aid kit. A recent cabin log. I couldn’t find the old one which bummed me out because I’d left some funny entries and I’d wanted to see how folks reacted. Oh well.
I had service up there so I rested for a bit and did some Instagramming. I was running somewhat low on water at this point. I still had to run back.
The journey back was mostly uneventful. I set a good pace and went with it. I was completely out of water by Table Rock. I knew there was a bottle of water in the geocache so I had that to look forward to. I was out of water by the time I got back to my truck though.
Overall I really enjoyed this run. Table Rock is always an amazing experience. You don’t find many casual city folks out here so the conversation is always great. I’d highly recommend Table Rock to anyone looking for a great time. I’m excited to go up there in the snow.