Started at the 8900' gate. Up Red, over Monument and off to Table. Super cool ridge. Lots of views for relatively little work.
Slayden describes the road well; we were able to drive up to the locked gate at 8900’ and walk from there.
My wife and dogs chose to turn around at 10k feet, discouraged by the high winds & my wife's concerns about potential exposure along the rest of the route. For what it is worth, there is not much exposure, especially for the seasoned. The loose talus, however, can be tricky to negotiate.
A path is mostly evident for the first 1/2 to 2/3 of the route. Stick close to the ridgeline and you will be fine. On my return I skirted the lower contours of the highest bump to eliminate some elevation gain and loss; I do not recommend this. Taking my time across the looser talus here rendered it a zero sum gain. There are multiple unnamed summits along the route to tag if you so desire. I did this but do not care to seek out the other registries. I did not bother with Red's summit at all.
The high winds really were unpleasant. My wife and I were unable to communicate verbally for the time she was actually with me.
Once you approach the saddle between Red and Table, there is no path but the route is apparent -- just head right on up Table.
It was fun to hit such a broad summit. A person could spend a good chunk of time stomping around combing for potential contenders. Given the high winds, I was satisfied with hitting the large cairn (which was itself surrounded by several smaller cairns). I lifted a couple rocks from the tall cairn as well as each of the smaller ones in search for a benchmark or register. Finding none, I headed back.
It was a good little supper at Pekin Noodle Parlor back in Butte. This is the oldest continually open Chinese restaurant in the U.S., and you have to admire the tenacity of the immigrants who were not forced from their homes upon the digging of the Berkeley Pit.
Road trip! Trip report
From Red along with peak 10,136.
Did the hike from Red Mountain in very smokey conditions, so the views weren't as good as I hoped for. Still a great mountain.
This is the hike that got me hooked on peakbagging. Hiked up on a ridge from Hells Canyon Creek and took a slightly different route down that I don't exactly remember.
After climbing Red Mountain a couple years ago, I had to come back and hike the whole ridge out to Table Mountain. Great fun and great views!
While working in the area, I decided to hike up Red Mountain and then continued over the ridge to Table Mtn, the highpoint of the range. This included an up-and-over of Monument Peak (pyramid shape) in the process. According to my calculations, this route is about 3.5 miles one-way, with 2300 feet of gain and 1100’ of loss (makes for 7 miles RT, with 3400' of gain and loss). The Idaho wildfire smoke really blew in on the 2nd half of my hike, so my respiratory system played a big part in the adventure. Overall it is a pretty impressive mountain with great access; I parked below the lookout gate and was above timberline in minutes. Started after work at 1645 and finished in 4 hours - and in total darkness.