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Local hikers give their opinion on safety of Upper Table Rock Trail

One hiker fell about 20 feet off of Upper Table Rock on Monday.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 6:16 PM

WHITE CITY, Or-- The Table Rock Trails are very popular in Southern Oregon. Yesterday the hiker fell off of Upper Table Rock which is the one to the right.

Aleece Townsend and Richard Hales are two of the hikers out today. They've done the Upper Table Rock Hike at least 20 times. They weren't shocked when I told them someone fell off yesterday.

Richard Hales says, "I've seen plenty of people sitting or standing right on the edge all it takes is you slip on a piece of rock."

The rocks and trails can be very slippery at times. Molly Allen the Environmental Education Specialist at BLM says table rock is old and the rock is brittle. It crumbles very easily.

Because of the fall, hikers today were concerned about changes that could come. Hales says, "I would hate that they would put fences up that would be awful."

I did ask Allen about this concern. Allen says she does not for see the BLM putting railings on the cliffs anytime soon. She also adds the BLM tries to inform the public about the slippery surfaces and brittle rock so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable hike.

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