Hiking Hazards and Considerations
The following hazards and considerations should be noted when hiking the Table Rocks.
Many consider themselves lucky to see a rattlesnake. If the opportunity arrives, remain calm, have a good look if you can, and ease your way around it. The rattlesnake is rarely aggressive and not as dangerous as many of us have been led to believe.
Ticks commonly attach themselves to clothing or skin. As you hike, take the time to stop and check yourself and others in your party for ticks. Staying on trails and away from shrubs and tall grasses will reduce your risk of encountering ticks. Some ticks carry Lyme disease. It is important, if bitten, to carefully remove the tick and watch for symptoms.
See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for excellent information about Lyme disease.
Dehydration can be a concern while hiking. There is no running water on the Table Rocks and shade is limited during the extreme summer conditions. Please come prepared and drink lots of water throughout your hike.
Poison Oak is very common on the Table Rocks. Familiarize yourself with this species. A good rule to follow is: "Leaves of three, let it be." Staying on the trails can help you avoid contact with this plant.
Beware of the dangers inherent in the high cliffs; stand back from the edge.
Vault toilets are available at the Table Rocks parking area. There are no restroom facilities available at the top.