ElevationAscent: 528' 161 m
Descent: -70' -21 m
High: 5,762' 1,756 m
Low: 5,304' 1,617 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A short, moderately challenging climb to an impressive view of the southern New Mexico desert.”— Brendan Ross
Given the many well-placed granite markers around Hydra, it's unusual that Table Mountain has no trailhead at all. The trail can be located by watching for a break in the fence that lines the east side of the Hydra Trail, just before Hydra East Shortcut. A dirt singletrack heads northeast, then circles the contour of Table Mountain clockwise.
After about 0.7 miles, the trail climbs directly up the mesa. It then circles again, counterclockwise, before beginning another, steeper climb. The trail ends near the southwestern corner of the top of the mesa. The entire area can be explored for a number of scenic views, but use caution around steep drop off areas.
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Land Manager: New Mexico State Parks - City of Rocks State Park