Table Mountain hike
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.
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.
|When to do|
July to October
Yes, at Artist Point trailhead
Out and back
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.
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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