The United States Congress designated the Monument Rock Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 20,210 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Oregon
and is managed by the Forest Service.
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.