Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Table Top Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : March 9, 2014
  Trip Report : November 27, 1998
where Sonoran Desert National Monument
the hike     This hike was last done by the Motorola Hiking Club in November, 1998, so after nearly 16 years I believe it’s time once again to revisit this area. Table Top Mountain is now a designated wilderness area within the newly created Sonoran Desert National Monument and is located in the far east end of the monument south of Interstate 8. At nearly 500,000 acres, this monument preserves one of the most pristine and unspoiled sections of Arizona’s vast Sonoran Desert.
    The trail follows old jeep tracks toward the mountain for the first two miles and is relatively flat, dipping in and out of several dry washes. After reaching the base of Tabletop Mountain, the trail begins to narrow and starts climbing along a ridge and through a long series of steep switchbacks on the west face of the mountain, gaining over 2,000 feet before finally reaching the south summit plateau. From here it’s a rough half-mile, off-trail bushwhack to the higher (by 17 feet) north summit. Depending on the time and what people want to do, we will stop for a rest and lunch break at either the south or north summit, before heading back to the trailhead on the same route.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 7.5 miles round trip to the south summit. 8.5 miles round trip to the north summit
time 5-6 hours
EC +-2052' elevation change
elevations 2,304 feet at the trailhead. 4,356 feet at the north summit
type round trip
starting at
Table Top Trailhead 32° 42.990' N,  112° 9.571' W  [NAD27]
on trail 90% (Cross-country bushwhack to the north summit.)
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Casa Grande
meet We will meet at 7:00 AM in the parking lot south of Einstein Bros. Bagels on the SE corner of 48th Street & Ray Road, west of I-10. For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the west curb of the parking lot and not in the Einstein’s common parking area.
•  From Ray Road, take I-10 East.
South of Chandler, exit onto SR 347 (Queen Creek Road / Maricopa Road).
Drive south on SR 347 for 28 miles through the Gila River Indian Reservation and the town of Maricopa.
At the T-junction with SR 84, make a right turn (west) and drive 6 miles to I-8.
Drive for another 7 miles west on I-8. Watch for Exit 144 (Vekol Valley Road).
Take the exit and go over the freeway and turn right on the loop ramp as if you were going to go back east on I-8, but take the turnoff to Vekol Valley Road instead (watch for the sign) from the on ramp before getting onto the Interstate.
Make certain you exit onto Vekol Valley Road before getting on I-8.
Continue south on Vekol Valley Road for 2.1 miles to a Y-junction.
At the junction stay right (Vekol Ranch is left) and start following the “Trail” signs. A large Sonoran Desert National Monument sign is to your right at the junction.
Drive for another 9 miles and turn left (east) at the junction across a large cattle guard onto a smaller dirt road. This is the roughest section of road to the trailhead.
Drive for a mile and turn right at the next junction.
Follow this road for another 3.2 miles to the marked trailhead and park here
NOTE: High clearance vehicles only for this trip. The last few miles are extremely rough, especially across the washes. There is a vault toilet at the trailhead.

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