Climbed this one numerous times. It's a great hike! The face trail, (the one that starts right out of the parking lot) is the fastest way to ascend. The other route (huckleberry) is a few miles longer, and MUCH less strenuous.
Went with a friend from Montana and his great dane Nash. Neither of them do much hiking, so we decided to camp along the trail and do it in 2 days. The first creek crossing wasn't dog crossable, so we climbed up and around the dense growth and camped on a flat spot near 9000 ft. In the am, we still had to cross the creek so we found a spot with some dead fall, and added a couple of logs to it so Nash could get across. Lost our way in the snow just before the switchbacks (went left instead of right) and gained some unnecessary elevation. Glissaded on foot down to even ground, and Nash followed behind me. I've never seen a dog have so much fun! He just ran around in circles in the snow for 5 minutes or so after that. We found the trail again, and made it to the summit. I must admit, the fact that boy scouts climb this all the time made me think this mountain wasn't too special. The views from the summit quickly changed my mind! AMAZING scenery. We hiked back, and this time took the bushwackers trail when we ran into the creek. This decision cost me a tent, as the one I was lending to my buddy and his dog got ripped from his pack in the brush. No biggie though, it was a POS. Still a great trip.
I took my roommate, Myrle Rodgers, from Rick's college with me on this hike. We shortcutted the basin northwest of the peak instead of following the trail. As we were rockclimbing the last stretch to the summit, Myrle said he had had enough and would wait for me where he was. He was tired and a little freaked out from the grizzley bear tracks we had seen earlier. With just a little coaxing, he joined me on the summit for some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever enjoyed in the mountains.
Great hike, and unique views of the Tetons.
I made my first climb up Table Mountain in late July, 2004 with two friends from high school and a former government teacher of ours. Coach Cooley, our government teacher, had worked in the park at our age, and was the person who introduced me to what is now one of my favorite hikes to do every summer and the person who got me interested in working in the park. Next summer will be my third at Lake Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.
I climbed it again in early July, 2005 with another friend and Lake Lodge co-worker. Saw three moose on this trek. One bull, one female, and another younger bull. Also had a glider type aircraft fly probably no more than 30 feet above the summit while we were up there.
My third and most recent climb of Table Mountain was that same summer of 2005 but in late August. I took a Lake Lodge co-worker from England with me this time. This was her first climb of any mountain all summer long. We had camped the night before our climb at the Teton Canyon Campgrounds, which is a short walk from the trailhead. After spending all day on the trail, but mostly on the summit, we decided to camp again in the same place. After the climb down we also decided to reward ourselves with a drive-in movie just down the road in Drigg, Idaho. This was one of the best weekends all summer for either of us.
Plan on hiking Table Mountain solo on May 29th, 2006 as part of the long road trip from Atlanta back to Yellowstone National Park.
While a Boy Scout at Treasure Mountain Camp of the Tetons I hiked to Table Mountain summer of 1955 and again summer 1956. In '55 we went up the North Fork of Teton route and back down the steep ridge. In '56 we went up and back on the steep ridge route. Highlight of both hikes was having the scout leaders hold our legs while extending us over the enormous cliffs on the east side that drop into Cascade Canyon.
HIked up again summer 2003. Up the North Fork and down the ridge. Almost 50 years later and it's one of the best hikes of my life.
This was part of a training session for the Denali For Dreams Make A Wish project. We camped out in the snow a few miles up near a Boy Scout Camp on the Driggs side of the Tetons. The first day we all practiced crevasse rescue and glacier travel. The next day I wanted to head up Table Mountain, but no one else was willing to go with me, so I took off by myself. I didn't start until 5pm, but that made for a terrific sunset high up on Table Mountain, with spectacular views of the Grand and the Driggs valley. The climbing was on steep wooded terrain at first, then vast open areas with a short steep section at the summit. I returned to camp just after dark to find everyone had packed out.
Did this hike in my college years, great times. Looking forward to a return visit.
Left the TH after 5pm on a Sunday night, summited at 8pm. Watched the red light bathe the summits. Descended with headlamp. Not a soul on the mountain (in August!).
This is one of my favorite mountains. It's a long day hike but worth it. Probably the best view of the Tetons from the west side. It seems to have gained popularity over the years as I saw from the number of people hiking up the trail.
Decent climb. Good views of the Grand and nice hiking in to the peak.
As a camp counselor with the Boy Scouts out of Treasure Mtn Scout Camp.
These views rival the very best to be had in the continental US.
Second time at the summit. Awesome views, great day hike.
We went up the face and then back down Huckleberry.
I summited this when I was about 10. Went with my dad and brothers. We went up the North Fork Teton Creek Approach and I think we came down the west face.
I climbed this one several years ago. The views, from the bottom to the summit, are stunning.
We bought a one way ride up Targhee ski hill and camped on the North Fork of Teton Creek. No one else was around, it snowed 8 inches overnight and we got great turns from the summit, all the way back to camp. The slog out was a bit tough.