Meek’s Table Research Natural Area (RNA)
William O. Douglas Wilderness, Wenatchee National Forest
USGS Quad - Meeks Table
Meet: 8:00 am at the Richland Walmart on Queensgate, Southeast corner, by Circle K. Look for the Tan Kia Soul.
The drive to Meek’s Table will take over 2 hours each way.
This mid-elevation site (4500’ or 1370 m) is unique in the Northwest for several reasons. First it has the dual designation of both RNA and Wilderness. Second, it’s inaccessibility means that it was never grazed by livestock. Third, since it has no official trail accessing it, it is rarely visited by hikers. The habitat on the Table varies from meadow to Ponderosa Pine Woodland, to several Sagebrush (Artemisia arbuscula) communities. There are quite a few uncommon species found here, including giant frasera (Frasera speciosa) and flat-topped broomrape (Orobanche corymbosa).
Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, lunch, snacks, and emergency supplies (ep-pen if needed, first aid kit - I’ll have one - jacket/rain jacket, etc.) The weather is supposed to be sunny and hot, but in the case of an emergency, nighttime temperatures can cool off considerably.