The trail up Table Mountain is steep in places with scree and not always well marked, but the view in the end is more than worth the pain.
Fantastic views to both east and west. You can see the wind mills to the east around Pincher creek
It starts easy, but you are going about 700 meters in 5km. You can follow a creek at least part of way up.
It can be extremely cold and windy on top.
From Highway 3 turn south on route 507 (east of Burmis), to Beaver Mines. At Beaver Mines continue south on 774 to Beaver Mines Lake access (also scout camp access). From the Beaver Mines lake Campground you can find the trail head sign. Distance is 5km one way.
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Posted By: p_andy
- Fri Jul 13 13:55:26 EDT 2012
UpsideAbsolutely one of the best hikes in the area, the beaver mines campground is a family favorite, recommend getting on the trail by 9am to avoid the dark decent, as well as the bears den.
DownsideThere is a bear den about .5k from the tree line, you really can't miss it. It is active as well, so be loud, carry spray, and keep the baby on your back for this leg of the hike. We have ran into brown?? bears at a good distance twice this year :)
Posted By: superbeesara
- Mon May 28 22:29:39 EDT 2012
UpsideAlways something interesting afoot, either the scenery or the terrain- depending on which way you go up.
DownsideCan be windy at the top, and cold then as well.
CommentSo worth the effort for the incredible views.
Posted By: DanOCan
- Thu Sep 03 14:51:35 EDT 2009
UpsideGreat views both from the first plateau (the table) and the summit. First and last sections are quite easy. Trail was well marked with orange posts and flagging all the way to the plateau. Standing on the edge of those cliffs looking down is enough to make you weak in the knees.
DownsideBe prepared for windy conditions. Lots of "unofficial" trails and routes, only some of which take you where you need to go.
CommentOur track log showed a 5.5km one-way hike to the summit with around 800m of total elevation gain. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Posted By: Andyf
- Sun Jan 11 18:44:31 EST 2009
UpsideWe found the trail to the first "plateau" above the treeline and scree to be well marked. It was a moderate climb for us. Lots of different wildflowers to photograph because of the change in habitat and elevation. On both visits, sheep were visible at the salt seep on the mountain to the west.
DownsideScree is a bit of a challenge. Our first trip was truncated early because of the wind. We never got to the very top - ran out of time.