Scramble Table Mountain near Pincher Creek

Rate this Adventure 6.2 miles 2296.6 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Becky Simrose

Where the mountains meet the prairies, Table mountain rises up with stunning cliffs. This mountain has amazing views both from the plateau and from the summit. It is a front range mountain, and snow leaves early making it accessible for hiking early in the season.

The trail starts at Beaver Mines Lake Campground.

From the town of Beaver Mines, take route 774 South to the well marked Beaver Lakes campground turn off. Drive to the end of the camp where you will see a trail head sign board. The trail starts beside the parking sign (A second trail at the end of the parking area leads uphill and is simply a forest loop trail).

At 500 meters, the trail passes through a wooden gate and then climbs up through aspen forest. When you reach the gully watch for orange trail marker posts. The route ascends steadily up the gully and then climbs up through scree on the left bank. Some route finding will be needed as you climb to the plateau.

Sheer cliffs drop from the plateau down almost to the lake. An easy walk along the plateau and then a short climb takes you to the summit, with views ahead over the expanse of prairie, and views back to the plateau. You will find a brass survey marker at the summit.

On your way down watch for mountain sheep that frequent the area between the plateau and the summit where there is a natural salt lick.

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Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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