Table Top Mountain

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Blooming Saguaro along the Tabletop mountain trail
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Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Casa Grande, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: From the Phoenix area, take I-10 South to HWY-347 (Maricopa Road Exit #164). From HWY-347, turn right on HWY-84 to I-8. Turn right on I-8 (West) and go to the Vekol Road exit (exit 144). Take the graded dirt Vekol Road south for 2.2 miles. From this point, keep your eyes out for brown trailhead signs on the right side of the road to help you navigate this area. The road is also signed as FR8024 to help you navigate. Bear right at the stop sign, driving 5.8 miles to a junction. Bear right once again and continue 3.1 miles. From this point, a high clearance vehicle is highly recommended. There is an old corral here where you will turn left (East). The road gets a bit sandy here as you continue another 0.8 miles to the next junction. Stay right here and go another 1.6 miles. Stay right once again and go 1.1 miles, where you will pass the trailhead to the South Lava trail. Continue 0.8 more miles to the Table Top camping area and trailhead. This road is not recommended after a rain.
city
casa grande
state
az
Region
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

Distance
7.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The hike described is 7.4 miles to the top and back.
Time
4.00 [Hours]
Time-details
This hike took us 4 hours, with a 20 minute stop at the top for pictures and a snack.
Elevation Change
2,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 2000 ft elevation gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
April 29, 2013

Solitudue

Solitude
High
Solitude Details
Surprisingly good. We saw about 10 other hikers here, even though the Southern Arizona hiking club decided to have an outing at this same location on this day. On another occasion, we hiked on a Monday and didn't see any other car or hiker all day.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderately Strenuous
difficulty detail
This was a good heart pumping climb and the views of the surrounding area were a nice reward. The out and back described here is a Moderately-strenuous hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
Rattlesnakes. Remote area

Hike up Table Top Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona.

After parking at the day area, walk through the small camping area to the trailhead at the back. This hike starts out in a relatively flat area of Sonoran desert. Saguaros are particularly well represented here. The trail is wide and well marked as it heads towards the easily recognizable Table Top Mountain. Smaller mountains quickly surround you as the trail gently rises and closes in on the base of the mountain. The surrounding mountains show the evidence of volcanic forces, as well as the adaptation of the desert plants to this climate. Once you reach the base of the mountain, the trail climbs steeply, through a consistent series of switchbacks. Be sure to stop and look around once in a while during this stretch, as the views become more and more dramatic.

Just before reaching the summit, take note of the rock wall next to the right of the trail. Who built it? Why? Beats me. Best just to make up your own story like we did.

After about 3.7 miles and 2000 ft of climbing, you reach the top the mesa. The plateau is open for exploring, as different points open better views of the surrounding desert. After photos and snacks, return the way you came.

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