Table Mountain by Diamond Head / 靠鑽石頭的桌山

Table Mountain was also a last-minute idea like Rampart Ridge. The forecast was worse today. But it only rained in the early morning, and then it stopped for a while. So we left the house close to noon and went east.

Table Mountain at the end of the road
Table Mountain at the end of the road

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Table Mountain at a Glance

Access: Table Mountain Road (end of the pavement)
Round Trip: 6.5 miles
Elevation Range: 5720′-6200′
Gear: snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Table Mountain Road

We went up to Lion Rock a year ago. So in hindsight, we could have also gone over to Table Mountain. Since we were under time constraints, I scratched the idea. But during the high season, it is possible to drive near the top of all the high points here.

This time, we parked not much farther up from last year’s starting point. Surprisingly, the first snow patch on the roadway was at the same spot. So, once again, it kept us from driving closer to our goal. But we surely could use the exercise!

A cloudy afternoon to Table Mountain
A cloudy afternoon to Table Mountain

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A Mindless Wander

Just as we walked through the snow patch, a caravan of VW vans appeared. “So much for trying to find some peace out here.”, I thought. But the vehicles couldn’t get through. So they all turned around and went to try out other roads.

We enjoyed the peace for a second. Then the rumble disturbed the silence. With just enough clearance, a truck went through the snow without issues. The second vehicle looked like a tow truck that would pull the first one out of the snow/mud if needed.

Caravan
Caravan

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Roadside Attractions

There was a considerable amount of snowfall this year. But we saw more tracks than last time. Soon, we caught up to the two trucks. By then, the snow had steepened, and so they couldn’t continue. But they seemed to enjoy pulling each other out from the muddy mess.

Half a mile before the Lion Rock junction, we met a group of folks in a jeep lineup. They sat behind a group of trees next to the road. Then they greeted us and asked where we would go. “We would have stayed for the party, but I forgot to RSVP,” I said. Then they all laughed as we continued.

A messy situation
A messy situation

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Table Mountain Summit

From Lion Rock junction, we walked for another half a mile while going downhill. Later we came up to the Snowshoe Ridge Trail junction. That would have been the trail to take to come up here. But our late start on Flag Mountain didn’t leave us much time.

We didn’t get the front-and-center view of Stuart Range this time. But the day had been cloudy, and so the views were spotty. The visible summits were Old Pass Hill, Roughhouse Mountain, and the neighboring Lion Rock. But I couldn’t see Diamond Head from here. We enjoyed a short visit.

North view from Table Mountain
North view from Table Mountain

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Outro

The timing couldn’t have been any more perfect. As we left the summit, the rain clouds from the north swept across the area. So it ended up raining for half an hour. At the same time, the sounds of ATVs continued down in the canyon.

The rain stopped just before we went back to the Snowshoe Ridge Trail junction. Then the sun made its way out of the clouds in time to dry off the gear. Everyone had left the area, and so we enjoyed a quiet walk back to the car. Later the sky was all gray again.

Finding our way home
Finding our way home

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