Ascent of Table Mountain on 2019-01-11

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Table Mountain
    Elevation:5149 ft / 1569 m

Ascent Trip Report

My failure to get Little Devil Pk from the SW side on day 1, meant I had to start with it on day 2. Then Little Devil by the usual route took a bit longer than expected. That left me with not enough time to hit both Shenandoah and Table, as I had planned. Since Sandy Valley Road goes right by the start for Table, that was my choice. But that was gonna be too short.

From Bonanza Hill, I had noticed a dirt road going over to the west base of Table Mtn. It looked like a nice ridge leading up to the dark basalt boulders that make up the Table's top. With the extra time, plus driving right by that road, I decided to give it a try.

The road to the Hoosier Mine is in good shape. I wanted to drive close to the mine, then take a side road a little ways up the ridge to its south. But I found a locked gate before I got that far. So I went back 0.3mi to another dirt road leading SE toward another ridge. This road started fair for SUV's. But where it dropped to cross a gully is where most should stop. The wash at the bottom is cut sharply, and it's too narrow for all but the shortest of wheelbases, unless it's modified. My 4-door Wrangler was too long, and I hit my rear bumper hard dropping into the wash.

But the climb was fantastic. I started up a limestone bench to gradually gain the ridge. A couple cliff bands higher up turned out to be no trouble. Then it was topped by a great class 3 scramble to gain the last 50 ft to the top. So much more fun than walking up a road and across the flat top.

From that ridge, you can see where a couple of cars were deliberately launched off the top. When you get there, you realize those cars had to have some speed to get that far down. They weren't merely pushed over the side. That must have been a stunt to see.

On the way back, I walked over to the edge to see a couple hangglider platforms. Quite a bit of work went into one, including posts downhill for wind flags. But an impromptu wooden cross near one makes one wonder if there's a reason they're no longer in use.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1649 ft / 501 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1649 ft / 501 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:15k bkn, 25k ovc, viz 100mi; windy; cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1564 ft / 476 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1479 ft / 451 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Loss on way in:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:SW rij
    Start Trailhead:middle toe of SW rij  3670 ft / 1118 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1564 ft / 476 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1479 ft / 451 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:middle toe of SW rij  3670 ft / 1118 m
    Time:1 Hours 1 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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