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Table Mountain Trail

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A steep trail to spectacular views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan from the top of a volcanic peak.


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2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

5,668' 1,727 m

High

4,970' 1,515 m

Low

622' 189 m

Up

733' 223 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

50%

Max Grade (27°)

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$5 per day fee is charged to park at Artist Point (Federal Interagency passes & National Forest passes waive fee). Purchase the required pass at the 24-hour kiosk at the ranger station in Glacier (no fee machine is located at the trailhead). Snow closes Artist Point to vehicle traffic from the early fall through mid-summer, often opening in mid-July or early August.

Description

From the Artist Point parking area, begin on the Chain Lakes Trail, but quickly turn right onto the Table Mountain Trail. Head upward on the extremely steep trail. The steepness is apparently no deterrent, as the trail is usually overrun with families, single hikers, and thrill-seekers who enjoy the vertigo-inducing views down the cliff beside the trail. Views toward Mt. Baker, Baker Lake, and Mt. Shuksan open up as the trail climbs higher, offering ample vistas to enjoy while stopping to catch your breath.

About a half mile from the parking area, arrive at the top of the mountain. The trail turns left to traverse the side of the mountain (created when lava flowed into a canyon, scientists tell us). Views are somewhat limited by trees, but in this section, the trail is generally flat and has some great views of the surrounding area. The trail ends after about a mile of flat hiking, as it drops to an intersection with the other side of the Chain Lakes Trail.

Note: The top of Table Mountain may still be snow covered after the remainder of the trail has melted out. Use caution near sheer cliffs.

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Mt. Baker looks gorgeous from the Table Mountain Trail.
Jan 13, 2017 near Peacefu…, WA
Valleys near Mt. Baker can be seen from Table Mountain.
Jan 13, 2017 near Peacefu…, WA

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Oct 2, 2020
Simon Tennis
1.5mi
Aug 29, 2020
Carley Spencer
Aug 1, 2020
Sungyeal Kim
2mi
Sep 6, 2019
Esther Phung
Aug 6, 2019
Alexander Albert
Hiked the beginning portion of this to do our wedding ceremony on a perfect blue sky day!
Aug 13, 2018
Bryndon Lezchuk
Jul 26, 2018
TJ Meyer
Fabulous. Snow easily navigable w snow tracks for your hikers.