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Table Top Mountain Trail

 

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Location: Arizona, United States, North America

Object Title: Table Top Mountain Trail

Route Type: Hiking

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: strenuous

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Created/Edited: Mar 27, 2006 / Mar 28, 2006

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Overview

There is just one route to the top, via the Table Top Mountain Trail. The one-way distance to the top is 3.5 miles to the first summit, then another 0.5 mile to the true top.

Getting There

See the main page for trailhead directions.

Route Description

It's pretty straightforward. From the camping area, walk northeast past the well-signed trailhead along an old road for about a half-mile to a sign and register at the 'trailhead' (presumably the older TH before the road was closed farther back). The first two miles overall are across a broad valley and wash system, up and down a handful of small hillocks, with an overall net gain of about 500 feet. The trail is easy to follow and is amid a cactus/ocotillo/palo verde forest. Table Top's massif is always visible to the northeast.

The final 1.5 miles to the first summit is considerably steeper, with numerous tight switchbacks barrelling up the steep mountainside. The trails are choked with loose rubbly rock, so watch the footing. This part might go slower than you might have planned. Nearer the top there are some odd 'walls' of rock extending for various distances. As the trail gains the top, the gradient lessens and finally comes to the first summit, elevation 4,356 feet, marked by an old 4x4 wooden post. The true summit is another 0.5 miles northeast, down 150 feet and up 170 feet across a mix of prickly-pear cactus, agave, dense grasses and lots of rock. The true summit is fairly broad and a number of boulder piles could be the top. Two metal poles mark the summit area.

Essential Gear

Good boots, long pants and trekking poles. This is serious snake country. We saw a nice fat rattler on our way down a few feet off the trail.