Ascent of Table Top on 2012-03-20

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Top
    Elevation:4373 ft / 1332 m

Ascent Trip Report

Table Top is in the highpoint of the Sonoran Desert National Monument. I approached from Interstate 8, the Vekol exit. Zero your odometer and head south on the good gravel road. At 2.4 miles go right, left fork goes to the Vekol Ranch which is private property. At 8.5 miles pass an old large building on your left, at 11.6 miles turn left and cross a cattle guard. There is a water tank and corral just south of this turn. At 12.5 miles go right, at 14.1 miles go right, at 15.2 miles reach a trailhead for the lava flow, keep going straight and at 16.1 miles reach the end of the road where there is a nice outhouse and 3 camping spots. Park here and start hiking up the road beyond the large posts that have been embedded in the road.

This is a nice trail that is easy to follow. At about 3,300 ft the trail drops about 25 ft through a drainage and then begins a series of about 35 switchbacks up the side of the mountain to near the summit of 4356. The trail continues over to the next hill where the high point is located, but the trail stays around the rim of the high point hill. It is about 100 yards to the summit area where there are several rock clusters that all look to be about the same elevation. I found the benchmark in an area where there is a metal pipe sticking up. Nice views from the summit. There was a little snow on the ground above 4,000 ft.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2565 ft / 780 m
    Extra Gain:235 ft / 71 m
    Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Route:Standard Trail
    Trailhead:2278 ft / 694 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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