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Ascent of Table Mountain on 2014-07-20

Climber: Eric Higginbotham

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:10223 ft / 3115 m

Ascent Trip Report

Off to Table Mountain, a homecoming for me as I used to bow hunt for elk just north of Red Mountain over 20 years ago. I drove down from Clancy MT eating my peakbaggin breakfast of chichirones and green Gatorade From I15/I90 I took Exit 127 and zeroed by trip odometer. My truck is a Ford and the Odometer works just like the rest of it, so take these distances with a grain of salt. Hopefully they are at least consistently off from the actual. I went south on Harrison Ave for 3.0 miles and then at the Y went left on Highway 2. At 8.1 miles, take the worn black top road that splits to the right from Highway 2. You'll know if you took the right road as at 8.8 miles you go under a train trestle. At 10.5 miles bear left at the Y in the road. At some point, the road turned into dirt and gravel. At 16 miles turn left at the sign that says Highland Mtn Lookout. At 17.1 take a left at the sign then at 18.4 take a right turn off the main road. The road at this point is a little bumpy and while 4WD is not needed, some clearance is. At 20.4 bear left at the Y. The road goes all the way to the lookout, but it is gated. There are parking spots along the road about 100 yards before the gate. I started hiking up the road to the lookout. The road has several small switchbacks, some of which I skipped in my eagerness to climb. As the road comes into the saddle, it turns to your left straight to the lookout. To the south, I took the ridge up to the summit of Red Mountain. I notice that Google Earth labels the peak due west of Table Mountain as Red Mountain, not this peak with the remains of the old fire lookout. I will assume the topo map at peakbagger.com is correct and call this peak Red Mountain. This peak is an easy early victory for the day and gives you great views of the Unnamed Peak to the south that you will climb next and in the distance the flat top of Table Mountain. I took the ridge off Red Mountain to the south and soon was following an obvious trail down through the saddle then up the Unnamed Peak. This section was aptly and succinctly describe in another trip report as a slag slog. At the top of Unnamed Peak, it is easy to see the rest of the route to Table Mountain, south down the ridge then hooking to the east through a beautiful green meadow, dropping elevation until you bottom out and need to start climbing Table Mountain. The cairn is located by the antennas. I enjoyed the view, and then returned by the same route, stopping at the top of the green meadow by a snowbank to split a can of sardines and jalapenos with Dori the Dog. I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The day before, visibility was very low due to fires in Washington State but today the visibility was excellent and the skies clear. The winds varied from nothing, up to 20mph, just enough to help keep you cool. I could see Elkhorn Peak back by Clancy and Mount Fleecer looked like a stone's throw away over by Divide MT. I can't believe that other than the large breasted college age redhead that was stationed at the lookout, I had the Mountain to myself. I have attached my gps track if you are interested. Trouble entering this as a trip, got the mileage right but the total elevation gain from truck to Table Mtn back to truck should be 3,279ft.
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Table Mountain on left, Peak 10136 on the right. Taken from summit of Red Mountain (2014-07-20). Photo by Eric Higginbotham.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1738 ft / 528 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2936 ft / 894 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Sunny, cool, breezy, great day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:679 ft / 206 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 87 ft / 26 m; Extra: 592 ft / 180m
    Loss on way in:592 ft / 180 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Trail thru Red Mtn Peak 10136
    Start Trailhead:Top of Peak 10136  10136 ft / 3089 m
    Time:51 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2344 ft / 714 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1285 ft / 391 m; Extra: 1059 ft / 322m
    Gain on way out:1059 ft / 322 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Route:Trail thru Red Mtn Peak 10136
    End Trailhead:Gated Road to Lookout  8938 ft / 2724 m
    Time:2 Hours 44 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Table Mtn Trail (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Red Mountain2014-07-201132 ft / 345 m
2Peak 101362014-07-20409 ft / 125 m
3Table Mountain2014-07-201738 ft / 530 m
Total Trip Gain: 3279 ft / 1000 m    Total Trip Loss: 3279 ft / 1000 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Higginbotham
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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