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Table Top TrailSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2015
chumley
Hiking8.94 Miles 2,422 AEG
Hiking8.94 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.59 mph
2,422 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
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Headed out at the crack of noon for a toasty warm January afternoon on the table. Despite the holiday, nobody else was out here today, and we enjoyed the peace and solitude of the area.

The top half of the hike gets steep and the switchbacks are loose rock, so the speed slows considerably. Up top, the trip from the official trail end to the real high point is easy compared to the earlier climb.

Visibility today was pretty bad, with lots of winter particulates, though not nearly as brown as what I had seen in the valley on my drive down. In retrospect, we could identify mountains in the 80-110 mile range, so it wasn't quite as bad as it seemed.

The Vekol road has taken a beating from recent storms, and while it is still possible in 2wd when dry, it definitely requires high clearance. I even had to scrape a couple of times in my Taco getting through some deep washes. Too bad I don't have those extra beefy tires and a lift ;)

Was surprised to see a nice six or eight point buck followed shortly by four does on the way out. All the way in the lowest part of the desert! :y:

Not sure why people say this is so far away. From Tempe it took the same amount of time to drive to I-8 and Vekol Road as it does to get to Peralta (45 min). Sure there's still 15 miles of dirt to go from there, but it's truly not that far compared to many hikes that people from the valley regularly hike.

Didn't see any signs of illegal activity all day, but did tip my beer to an armada of border patrol vehicles back at the I-8 junction on the way home.

Despite being a little warm, it was a nice day, and good to add a hiking partner to my list that BobP doesn't have. There's not too many of those! 8)
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