Ascent of Table Rock on 2008-07-05

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Saturday, July 5, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Rock
    Elevation:6250 ft / 1905 m

Ascent Trip Report

A word about Table Rock's possibilities as the Columbia WA prom champ: Oregon Butte (6387', also in Columbia county) is regarded as the HP of the Blue Mtns, and hence it takes the range prominence. However, an unnamed 6360' area NW of Diamond Pk (in Garfield county) may be higher than Oregon Butte. In that event, Oregon Butte loses the prominence of the range, thereby leaving Table Rock to take over the prominence for Columbia county.

On US-12, near the NE side of Dayton, I turned SE on 4th Street, which is poorly marked as such; a better identification is a sign that says SKI (which refers to the Bluewood ski area). After 20.6 miles, the pavement ends; zero or note your odometer at this point. At 1.5 miles, I kept straight at the junction at "Point 4925" where FR 6437 goes R. At 2.9 miles, I reached the junction where FR-46 comes in at a very sharp angle from the L and I stayed mostly straight. At 3.2 miles, I reached the saddle at "Point 5348" and junction where a sign indicates that a left turn heads 5 miles to Table Rock LO. I took this turn, and after a little more than a mile the road was blocked by a large snowdrift. I had no choice but to park and walk.

I hiked the road as it wended its way S, staying near the ridgeline. A monument on the W side of the road at a saddle identifies it as Kendall Skyline Rd, and explains that it is named for William H. Kendall who pioneered it. When the road neared the saddle ¼ mile N of the summit, I decided to trim some distance off of my hike and scrambled briefly up to the saddle, then scaled some rocks along the crest of the ridge to the broad open summit with a boarded-up lookout tower. I located both benchmarks a short distance SE of the tower, and I estimate that the true summit is about 15-20 feet higher than the BMs.

For a highpointer who climbs Table Rock in the same trip as nearby Oregon Butte, FR-46 provides convenient passage between the two peaks. It is a little over 5 miles between the junction with FR-64 and the FR-4608 turnoff to Oregon Butte.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:780 ft / 237 m
    Extra Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Kendall Skyline Rd
    Trailhead:5650 ft / 1722 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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