|when||Trip Report : March 9, 2014|
|Trip Report : November 27, 1998|
|where||Sonoran Desert National Monument|
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
|distance||7.5 miles round trip to the south summit. 8.5 miles round trip to the north summit|
|EC||+-2052' elevation change|
|elevations||2,304 feet at the trailhead. 4,356 feet at the north summit|
|on trail||90% (Cross-country bushwhack to the north summit.)|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|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.|
|Schedule of Events||Arizona Trailblazers Home Page|
|updated August 29, 2016||© Copyright 2016, Arizona Trailblazers. All rights reserved.|