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Ascent of Table Mountain on 1996-05-10

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, May 10, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:2204 m / 7231 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The name comes from the broad, indistinct summit area of the mountain. There is evidence of selective logging over much of the area.

The mountain is located in the Hot Springs Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. Some roads surrounding the mountain are subject to winter closure. No permits are needed for hiking. A permit is required for a campfire. The Hot Springs Ranger District office is at: Route 4, Box 458, California Hot Springs, CA. 93207 Tele.: (805) 548-6503. The office is not open weekends.

To reach the mountain from Kernville, drive north along the Kern River for 19.4 miles and turn west at the junction with the road to Sherman Pass. Drive west for 4.3 miles to the site of Johnsondale and then another 0.6 miles to a junction where you turn left. Follow this road southwest for 6.1 miles to another junction and turn right (N) toward Ponderosa and Camp Nelson as indicated on the signs. Go north on this good paved highway for 3.7 miles where there is a locked gate at forest road 22S15 on your left. Park here at a pullout on your right. This road is shown on the topo map, but not on the Sequoia National Forest map. Hike or mountain bike up this good graded dirt road for about 1 3/4 miles to where it levels off. You will enter a Sequoia Tree area, noted by signs, which has some outstanding large trees south of the road. At the level area on the road hike up a steep slope heading generally west past point 7191ft. shown on the map. Contour below this point in the forest across a saddle to the summit area which is not well defined and has no views due to the dense forest. You will pass some large Sequoias which are in the drainage to the SE below the saddle. The hike is about 2.3 miles one-way with a gain of 900 ft. and takes about 1 1/2 hours for the ascent. On the return you can follow the drainage down to the road through the giant trees which are the most interesting part of the hike. 5/96 RLC
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