- Physical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
- Technical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
The short, steep hike to Table Mountain’s summit rewards trekkers with 360-degree mountain views, from the towering Mount Shuksan to the glacier-clad Mount Baker. This trail is a bit exposed at times, so not good for those with a fear of heights.
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Route Description for Table Mountain
The hike to Table Mountain in Mt Baker region is a most rewarding one. Begin by crossing through meadows, passing ponds, and perhaps seeing some snow. The switchbacks begin at 0.5 km. You’ll ascend rocky steps up to a junction at 0.7 km. Turn right here, following the short path up and around to the east summit of Table Mountain. From here, enjoy panoramic Baker and Shuksan views.
Many hikers turn around here for a 1.6 km roundtrip hike. For the full experience, retrace your steps to the junction and continue west along the Table Mountain trail. The trail meanders out for nearly a 1.6 km, gently rolling along towards the true (west) summit. At 2.1 km, an epic overlook of Mount Baker awaits.
Take a break here for views out to Ptarmigan Ridge and Coleman Pinnacle, the Chain Lakes trail below, and Skyline Divide in the distance. Return the way you came.
Insider Hints for Table Mountain
- This is no trail for children, and dogs are prohibited.
- Loose rocks pose a significant safety hazard. Always stay on the trail, and never kick or throw rocks. A tumbling rock could seriously injure or kill unsuspecting hikers below. Should a rock accidently fall, it’s good trail etiquette to yell, "rock!"
- This trail is not for those with a fear of heights!
- Back at Artist Point, check out nearby Artist Ridge or the Chain Lakes Trail.
Getting to the Table Mountain Trailhead
From Glacier, drive east on Mount Baker Highway to the end of the road at Artist Point parking area. A Northwest Forest Pass is required here.
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