Table Mountain

Mojave National Preserve, California

Table Mountain

Table Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This cross-country trip takes you to the flat-topped summit of the aptly named mountain, exploiting one of the few breaks in the cliffs. This area burned in the 2005 Hackberry Fire. The pinyon pines that once graced the area are now eerie skeletons, but the smaller shrubs have begun the cycle of regeneration. You’re likely to encounter cottontails darting between the bushes.

If you’re starting from the low-clearance trailhead on Black Canyon Road, hike to the windmill mentioned in the driving directions. You can either follow the roads 1.2 miles, or cut the distance in half by hiking east up over the side of a hill and the northeast down to the windmill."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Bill & Polly Cunningham
"There are a variety of approaches to Table Top Mountain, ranging from moderate to strenuous, but the final ascent to the summit is strenuous regardless of which route you choose. Table Top Mountain is bounded by a private subdivision in Round Valley to the immediate north, posted against trespass. There is also private land nearby to the south. One of the advantages of this suggested route is that it takes place entirely on public land. The somewhat long 3.5-mile (one-way)approach traverses a variety of terrain with constantly changing views."
Ron Adkison
"This challenging hike surveys landscapes of granite and volcanics en route to an isolated mesa, where unforgettable vistas unfold. This interesting trip, part on dirt road and part cross-country, leads from open slopes to a granite-studded ridge and finally to Table Mountain, an isolated volcanic mesa rising between the Mid Hills and Lanfair Valley. Routefinding is straightforward, but don’t attempt the hike unless you are comfortable scrambling up steep, boulder-covered slopes."

Trail Information

Mojave National Preserve
Nearby City
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Mojave National Preserve
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Mojave National Preserve or USGS Columbia Mountain and Woods Mountain 7.5'
Local Maps

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