My kids (8 and 15) and I left the parking area about seven and reached the top around 9. The first people we met were on the top, a couple who had spent the night. On the way down we met four more groups, not many considering it was a sunny day in June. The view from the top was great with Hood and Jefferson covered in snow. This was a good hike for my eight year old who felt like a conquering hero at the top.
This is a great trail and beautiful route! However, many parts of the trail are still covered in snow, including the boulder fields. They were impassable by me and my two dogs, although there were footprints crossing the snowy field, so it can be done if you're careful. I was determined to get to the top, though, so I went back down to the South trail. From there I was able to find my way through the forest to hook backup with the North trail and followed it to the top. I was exhausted by the time I summitted, but the views are well worth it! I will be going again in a couple months when the snow is gone.
Nice little hike with great views from the summit. This time of year the north side of the peak was completely in shadow and it felt like dusk even at noon.
After Three Fingered Jack and Mt Washington were cancelled for the weekend plans, I could not stay inside. Enjoyed a foggy, little bit wet trip to the top of Table Rock. Snow on the ground and a little on the trees. Peaceful! :)
Hiking with jeans in the snow!? A little wet, but a great tree-shelter at the top. Got to enjoy my very first "beer at the summit" here! -Later enjoyed a summer weekend here with the incredible views that were fogged in the first time! Hoping to see the spring flowers next time!
Very enjoyable hike. Little island in a sea of clearcuts.
July was the last time I spent the night at the summit. I too, think this peak got me hooked.........This wilderness has been my playground for several years. It's another one of my favorite snowshoe climbs. My winter route starts just about .25 of a mile before the parking lot. Just head east straight up the hill. You'll cross the old jeep trail then end up at the west end of the boulder field. Follow, or go in the direction as the trail to the summit. If there's lots of snow I'll navigate with my GPS (which I don't leave home without) This peak is my favorite "afterwork - overnite" spot. It's close and I can get to the summit before dark.
First of three climbs up here over the years. Came down on the old logging road on the north side last time. Won't do that again - about 7 miles or hurdles over fallen trees!
I left the trailhead in the afternoon and didn't see anyone all day. Wisps of clouds floated by the summit as the sun set turning everything orange. I descended in the fading twilight and made it back to the car in the dark. Be aware that this is a known bigfoot area.
This was one of my first oregon hkes. i did not see any other people on the trail, but did pick up some trash from previous hikers. I could see from rainier, st helens, and adams to the three sisters. it was definitely the hike that got me hooked on climbing mountains in the northwest. there was snow from the rockfield to the summit with a few bare patches. I would reccomend this hike to anyone thinking about taking up hiking in oregon.
10/18/03 Not wanting to spend a beautiful Saturday in the office, I blew off work and headed here as it was close. At the trailhead, I noticed I had only brought the 9 essentials -- no food. Headed up anyway and enjoyed a beautiful day on a trail. Great views of 10 giant volcanoes. Was the first one at the summit but on my way down ran into about a dozen hikers. Was going to go over to Rooster Rock too but without food my motivation was nonexistent. Swore the trees were taking target practice at me with pinecones falling all over. Beautiful warm weather in October.
6/15/14 Rainy day kept everyone local. Took Luna into the clouds on this one. Viewless and cold. It was either misting, sprinkling or outright raining. Remembered food this time! Still didn't go over to Rooster Rock because it was so foggy and gloomy, it would have been useless. Ah well, at least I got something in today.