Table Mountain Climber's Log
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|Don Nelsen||Route Climbed: southside route. Date Climbed: June 9th, 1985|
|A great article was published in the Oregonian in May, '85, written by Don and Roberta Lowe, of guidebook fame, describing this climb and including a great photo of it. Had to go up there at my first opportunity and give it a try. Didn't know then about the much shorter powerline trail so got the full 14 miles+ this time. Took my 10 year old and really wore him out, to the aggravation of his mom.|
Great views, a real pucker looking down the cliffs, climbed it about 10 times since and it never loses it's appeal.
|Posted Oct 25, 2004 8:48 pm|
|jamminjman||Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: 9/20/04|
|Parked about 1 mile past Bonneville Hot Springs Resort where the road ends and gravel road begins. About 8 miles Round trip from here. Not much of a view from the top as it was socked in with clouds and kinda windy. Nice trip though, didn't see another person the whole time.|
|Posted Sep 21, 2004 12:15 am|
|gacland||Route Climbed: Pacific Crest Trail Date Climbed: May 1, 2004|
|Cut out some miles by parking by the lake under the power lines and walking up the road to the trail crossing.|
The trail going up the grassy field to the top was closed due to erosion and sensitve plant life, so we had to take the ridge trail to the top. Showed me how out of shape I really am.
The bugs sucked.
|Posted May 4, 2004 6:00 pm|
|dkantola||Route Climbed: Cross-country on the South Side Date Climbed: January 11, 2004|
|Starting under the powerlines, the snow was deep and covered with ice from the trailhead to the summit. It was windy with only occassional views on top.|
|Posted Jan 13, 2004 6:09 pm|
|jhalz||Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: April 5, 2003|
|Great conditioning hike. Very mellow along the PCT, trail to ridge was hard to follow due to unusual amounts of snow. Not much of a view on top with driving snow all around.|
|Posted Jun 10, 2003 7:07 am|
|cmc56789||Route Climbed: South Trail Date Climbed: May 11th, 2003|
|Left the bonneville trailhead with mostly sunny skies. as soon as i left the pacific crest trail and it got steep the rain came, which made things a little slippery. needless to say there wasn't much of a view from the top, but the cliffs were still impressive looking. I took the trail down on the north side of the mountain to make a loop. shortly after rejoining the pacific crest trail the rain stopped.|
|Posted May 12, 2003 12:00 am|
|rpc||Route Climbed: Variation on the South Trail Date Climbed: April 2001|
|My wife and I did this with a group of Mazamas. Don't remember the exact details, but we started not at the the "proper" trail head but rather near some power lines. This cut the hiking distance (though not the elevation) considerably. Great steep scramble near the top with excellent views of rock faces.|
|Posted Apr 29, 2003 9:49 am|
|Brian Jenkins||Route Climbed: South Trail Date Climbed: April 27, 2003|
|Did this as a training and conditioning hike. Long approach trail and for the first mile or so I had to keep stepping around groups of fire-bellied newts on the trail. They looked like they were circling each other for a fight. Then on the middle part of the trail I had to sidestep groups of big green slugs doing the same thing. Looked like a Slug Battle Royale. Title fight was Mucous Toe Miller vs Phil the Phlegm-inator (see picture) but each round takes two days so I decided to keep on hiking. Hmmm, I wonder if they were really fighting though. This IS Spring and maybe I was just witnessing Nature's porn. |
At the 6 mile mark the climb begins and it got steep real quick but wasn't that bad. Surely not enough to warrant the big red DANGER tape at the turnoff for the summit trail.
Made the summit and was sitting on the cliffedge enjoying the sun and tranquility when a large group of Mazamas suddenly converged on me. One of them even said "So much for your solitude." I walked the summit ridge to the north side through the last remaining patches of snow and then headed back down the loop trail. Unfortunately, a lot of the big slugs didn't survive the Mazamas group and there were lots of globs of green goo on the trail on the way back. Nice, eh?
Long day but had great weather and views of the Gorge, Hood, Adams and St. Helens, and, got in some good training.
-- 11/20/04 -- went hiking on the south side, a really neat waterfall is down there and we hiked up to the base of the cliffs at the crack in the right side. No canyon found though, it is a dead end unless you can find a way to protect a crackless wet dripping overhung groove. Very steep scree too and slippery.
|Posted Apr 28, 2003 7:44 pm|