Ascent of Table Mountain on 1995-08-02
|Date:||Wednesday, August 2, 1995|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6314 ft / 1924 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTable Mountain, 6315 ft.
Map: Chandalar D-6, Scale: 1:63,360, Date: 1975
Peak UTM: 390200E, 7543650N, Zone 6
The mountain is named because of its large, nearly flat top which is easily seen from the Dalton Highway. Large oil stains were seen on the summit which may have come from a generator powering radio gear at one time.
Table Mountain is the high flat-topped mountain which can be seen east of the highway near milepost 233. The climb is long but rewarding from the parking area at the Chandalar Shelf overlook on the south side of the road at mile 237.1. UTM here is 390600E, 7550550N. A rock cairn on the top of the mountain can be seen with binoculars on a bearing of about 182 degrees. From here hike south about one-half mile and cross the buried pipeline corridor and then climb the slope turning SSE toward point 4286 ft. shown on the Philip Smith Mountains (A-5) map. Stay left and contour below this hill and continue SE to UTM 392100E, 7546900N on the ridge. From here turn SSW and continue up the slope passing point 4980 ft. on the left (E) side. Then follow the ridgeline due south for about 3/4 mile and turn west toward UTM 390400E, 7544200N which is now on the Chandalar (D-6) map. At this point the north slope of Table Mountain is due south up the steep, loose scree slope. The cairn should be clearly visible. The high point and benchmark are about 0.1 mile SW of the cairn. If the weather is favorable the sharp spire of Mt. Doonerak, 26.5 miles to the west, can be seen on a bearing of 258 degrees. The hike is 5 1/4 miles each way with an elevation gain of 3060 ft. and requires about 4 hours for the ascent and 2 3/4 hours to return. 8/95 RLC
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