Table Top Trail
Trailhead: Table Top
Length: 7 miles roundtrip
Wilderness Area: Table Top Wilderness
Directions to Trailhead:
From Casa Grande go west on I-8 to Vekol Road exit (mile marker 144). Go south on dirt road for 2 miles to fork. Take right fork. Trailhead is 13.2 miles ahead at end of road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.
From the parking area, enter the wilderness to the northeast. The trail is an old jeep track for the first 1/2 mile. At .5 miles there is a registration box. Sign in and follow the trail as it crosses a wash and head towards Table Top. The trail for the first 2.5 miles is basically flat. You get to see your destination the entire trip.
Once you get to Table Top, the trail begins to climb. Initially you climb up a ridgeline and then begin some switchbacks. The trail then descends and crosses a mountain wash. Watch for cairns in this section as it is very rocky. From this point, the trail begins the long series of switchbacks to the top.
Near the summit, you will see a 3 foot tall stone wall. The origins of this wall is unknown. From the wall, the trail climbs the last .25 miles to the summit. The summit is marked with a sign (it was missing when we were there in March 1999).
For a further adventure, bushwhack across the summit to the "other summit" (you'll see what I mean when you get there). On this "other summit", locate a ring of rocks with two metal poles sticking out of it. It is very near the top. In this ring, You will find a jar and a coffee can. The coffee can contains a makeshift register. Inside you will find a pen and paper. Leave a note of your arrival. Read those of the people who have been there before you. Some of them are 20 years old.
Return the way you came. I would not do this hike in the summer.
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