Table Mountain hike

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Table Mountain hike

Distance: 2.4mi
Elevation: 600ft
Time: 2-3h

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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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Getting there

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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When to do

July to October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, at Artist Point trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Table Mountain
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Route Description for Table Mountain hike

The hike to Table Mountain is a most rewarding one. Begin by crossing through meadows, passing ponds, and perhaps seeing some snow. The switchbacks begin at 0.3mi. You’ll ascend rocky steps up to a junction at 0.5mi. 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 1.0mi 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 1.0mi, gently rolling along towards the true (west) summit. At 1.3mi, 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

  • 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.

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Annie Smith 4 months ago

Pretty steep on the way up Table Mountain, but great views.

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HikingFly 4 months ago

beautiful panorama at the summit

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Tammy Lee 5 months ago

My feet were hurting for some time after this hike. But it was a great exercise. I don't usually do anything hard. I might reconsider in the future after the Table mountain trail.

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Tim Charlton 5 months ago

Little steep, nice views. Maybe a little bit overcrowded.

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Becks Red 5 months ago

The views on the top of table mountain were spectacular. one of the best places for pictures.

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Otis 5 months ago

This hike was a scary one as had some steep slopes and at some parts, the rocks felt a bit lose but the views are to die for

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Gianna 5 months ago

This trail might get a bit scary because of heights but it's still very crowded as you can see all the nicest peaks of the park from this lookout. This is a must-see place!

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