Tuolumne Table Mountain

Jamestown, California

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Travelers in the 1800s went out of their way to see it, as attested by the many references in travelogue and even fiction. When nineteenth-century miners cracked its geological mystery, they drove hundreds of tunnels beneath it. Bypassed by twentieth-century tourism, though still a magnet for twenty-first-century mining, Tuolumne County’s Table Mountain is a remarkable sight that grows even more amazing when you know its story. Vernal pools and unique plant species make it even more fascinating to biologists.
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by Barry Parr (Falcon Guides)

Travelers in the 1800s went out of their way to see it, as attested by the many references in travelogue and even fiction. When nineteenth-century miners cracked its geological mystery, they drove hundreds of tunnels beneath it. Bypassed by twentieth-century tourism, though still a magnet for twenty-first-century mining, Tuolumne County’s Table Mountain is a remarkable sight that grows even more amazing when you know its story. Vernal pools and unique plant species make it even more fascinating to biologists.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jamestown
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 680 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour.
Season: All year, weather permitting. Summer can be very hot.
Local Contacts: New Melones Lake Recreation Area Office
Local Maps: USGS Jamestown.
Topo Map: Tuolumne Table Mountain Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking The Sierra Nevada Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2009

As the guide indicates the road between the 2 gates is a little rough, so a high-clearance vehicle is advised. It's not impossible with low clearance, but extreme caution is advised. The trail is not very long, and the terrain is only moderate to begin with,but it does get steep and rocky quite quickly. It doesn't take very long to reach the plateau and the views make the effort well worthwhile, the cliffs on either side and the panorama across the lake and birds of prey riding the thermals, often below you, and a pleasant stroll around the flat top. Haze from a forest fire limited the visibility on this particular day, but still worth the effort. A good workout for just a couple of hours effort.

4/26/2009

Wow, what a great hike! My husband, my 4(almost 5) and 7 year olds, and myself took a drive to Table Mountain and had a great time! The drive up was beautiful. You drive up a dirt road through private property and there are beautiful horses wandering free throughout (they seemed so healthy and happy). Everything was so green and the hike up to the top was adventurous, the terrain was a little bit rough and rocky, but short enough that it wasn't too tough for my youngest. The view was spectacular from the top and the way up was really neat! And then, after we got back in the car, while driving the dirt road on the way down, we stopped to look at the horses, we rolled down our windows and one of the horses walked right up the the car and stuck his head in the window so we could pet him! It was amazing!

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