Tuolumne Table Mountain

Jamestown, California 95327

Tuolumne Table Mountain

Tuolumne Table Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Tuolumne Table Mountain Reviews

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There is a new section of trail which you can descend off Table Mountain and make this a loop. If you take the trail, which is shown on the map up to the top of Table Mountain and hike southerly along the West rim of Table Mountain for approximately 1/2 mile you will come to a stone memorial monument. Continue along the rim for another 400 feet and you will come to a depression in the escarpment, follow this down (it is a little adventurous but most people should be able to do this) to the point where you will "T" into another trail (this is the climbers trail that goes to the Grotto climbing area, go there for another adventure). At the "T" turn left and follow this trail down to the Peoria Flat Road and back to your vehicle. An easier way to do this trail (it a bit less adventurous as you are going uphill in the adventurous section) is to get to the parking area with the toilet either by hiking or vehicle and follow Peoria Flat Road past the locked gate approximately 1/2 mile to a will defined trail that diagonals up and left (you will pass a couple of other indistinct trails on the left but you will know you are on the correct if you come to a steel power pole just right of the trail after going 300 feet on the trail) Continue up the trail and you will come to a rocky section where you will be hoping from rock to rock, continue past this section to a point where the trail descends into another rocky section. Before you descend find a trail on the right that does steep uphill, follow this trail to the rim and continue north along the rim to intersect with the trail going down after approximately 1/2 mile.
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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.
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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
680 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour.
All year, weather permitting. Summer can be very hot.
New Melones Lake Recreation Area Office
Local Contacts
USGS Jamestown.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018