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Ascent of Table Mountain on 2010-08-24

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Date:Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Table Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:10223 ft / 3115 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed Edward's driving directions and those worked perfectly well. All public access. The road was rough but I was able to drive up all the way to the gate and then backtrack to park. Looks like you could car camp here. Walk the road to the Highland LO Tower. Then hike the obvious switchback trail to Red Mtn. From there we found a good bootpath to Peak 10136. Wide up with big views for most of this hike and the distances look deceivingly large. This peak looks steep but the road is just more talus and we found a good near trail along the ridgeline to this summit. Generally on the W side of the ridge. From there the bootpath gets faint but we still found some traces. It was easiest from to stay off the ridge a bit as it occasionally morphed into class 3 terrain which was no problem but slower. Lots and lots of talus here. This is the birthplace of talus from which all talus flows. Like pre-historic Lake Missoula but for talus. After contouring around the N side of 10039 we dropped on grass to the saddle and then up the modest grade to Table. The summit is flat and it is hard to tell the highest ground but it be somewhere in the area near the huge cairn. Same story going back. No problems. Seek the bootpath and suffer the talus. Such is life.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3303 ft / 1005 m
    Extra Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Slag Slog
    Trailhead:LO Tower Gate  8920 ft / 2718 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: TableMT

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Table Mountain2010-08-24 a
2Peak 101362010-08-24 b
3Red Mountain2010-08-24 c



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