In the southern Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, Monument Rock, Bullrun Rock, and Table Rock tower over the many streams that form the headwaters of the Little Malheur River and the upper drainages of the South Fork of the Burnt River. Elevations range from 5,120 feet on the Little Malheur to 7,815 feet on Table Rock, with subalpine fir growing in the higher elevations. Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, lodgepole pine, and quaking aspen cover the more moderate slopes. Large, grassy meadows bright with summer wildflowers appear willy-nilly, a sunny contrast to the shadowy forest. Black bears, deer, elk, and badgers still find a reclusive hideaway in this quiet Wilderness. Hawks commonly swoop overhead, and grouse scurry down below. Summers are dry here, hence the fire-lookout station on Table Rock; snow usually falls by December and melts by the end of March. Remnants of past wildfires, the most recent one in 2002, are very evident and dominate the landscape in most areas. About 15 miles of relatively easy trails provide access to the area and to excellent viewpoints. From Table Mountain, the Bullrun Rock Trail takes you an easy two miles to Bullrun Rock, from where you can bushwhack your way south about one mile to Monument Rock itself.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Monument Rock Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Oregon Wilderness Act of 1984 - Public law 98-328 (6/26/1984) To designate certain national forest system lands in the State of Oregon for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation
System, and for other purposes