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Table Mountain

Intermediate

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1.5 mile 2.5 kilometer point to point
84% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 528' 161 m
Descent: -70' -21 m
High: 5,762' 1,756 m
Low: 5,304' 1,617 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Brendan Ross

A short, moderately challenging climb to an impressive view of the southern New Mexico desert.

Brendan Ross

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

The park gate is closed between 9 pm and 7 am; overnight camping is available. Day passes are $5 for adults.

Runner Notes

Southern New Mexico summers can be hot, with temperatures in the nineties or higher. Avoid midday and early afternoon runs in the warmer months.

Description

Splitting off from the Hydra Trail, Table Mountain is a quick climb to a mesa overlooking City of Rocks State Park and miles of the Chihuahuan Desert.

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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The view from the top of Table Mountain goes for miles. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mexico.
Sep 15, 2015 near Faywood, NM

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