Table Mountain

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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4-7h
Distance
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9.4 km
Elevation
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764 m
User Ratings
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Overall Rating
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10.0
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
This 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.
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panorama on Table Mountain scramble in Castle Provincial Park, Alberta

Table Mountain is a colorful ascent alongside a creek, with spectacular photo opportunities above the sheer north face, and great summit views of where the mountains meet the prairies. In other words, a perfect day out in the Castle!

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Route Description for Table Mountain

Table Mountain is a colorful and fun objective in the Castle Wilderness. It is barely a scramble; however, we have included it here as it does take you to the top of Table Mountain, a great day adventure.

Begin at the Table Mountain trailhead located in the Beaver Mines Lake campground, hiking along a good trail through the forest before a steep hike brings you to treeline. Continue following the good trail into a wide gully, then follow the gully, gaining most of the elevation over this section. In spots the trail is indistinct or missing, but travel is never difficult and you will soon find yourself facing a wide scree slope and multiple possible routes to the summit plateau of Table Mountain.

On the map for Table Mountain, we complicated the ascent to the plateau a bit with a poor route choice, using an obvious trail in loose scree that we realized halfway up was clearly meant for descent, but the only real difficulty was the frustration of slipping backwards in loose scree. Once you reach the plateau, however, the views are fantastic, with a sheer cliff on the north side and the long broad plateau stretching out to the east.

From the plateau head towards the summit on the most obvious route choice.

Views from the plateau and summit of Table Mountain are wonderful, and some of the best in Castle Provincial Park. While the views don’t change from the plateau to the summit of Table Mountain, the wonderful walk along the length of the plateau certainly justifies continuing to the true summit.

Return the way you came.

Insider Hints for Table Mountain

  • Camp at Beaver Mines Lake Campground, it’s an underappreciated gem of a campground.
  • If you want to be based in the area and not camp, there are vacation rentals at Castle Mountain Resort, which are very affordable in summer.
  • Beaver Mines General Store has everything you need while in the area.

Getting to the Table Mountain Trailhead

From Beaver Mines, head south on highway 774 for 15.0 km. Go left on a signed turn to Beaver Mines Lake Campground. Follow this road for 5.4 km to Beaver Mines Lake Campground, the trailhead is on the right, just before the road goes to the left.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June - September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    None

  • Toilets

    At trailhead

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Scarmbling Rating

    Grade 1

  • Exposure

    None

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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