|Table Mountain - NE of Mammoth, AZ|
|Table Mountain - NE of Mammoth, AZ|| |
Table Mountain - NE of Mammoth, AZ
|Hiking||3.61 Miles|| 7 Hrs 7 Mns ||1.69 mph|
|1,759 ft AEG|| 4 Hrs 59 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|This Table Mountain is 10 miles NE of Mammoth, and a few miles SW of Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.|
Even though I parked less than two tenths of a mile from where surveyors placed the Azimuth mark (far off Table mountain), it took me an hour and 20 minutes to hike to, and locate the azimuth disk.
Reasons for the time to locate the azimuth disk:
Very steep, scree filled terrain to the azimuth area, (500 Ft up in .17 mile), agave everywhere, and the fact surveyors set the azimuth disk somewhere in a 700 foot long, 20 foot high, mini cliff band of rocks. Searching for the disk had me going up and down boulder sections forever.
Vague placement info on the datasheet didn't help either.
Suffice it to say, I finally found the azimuth disk, after climbing up and down all parts of that cliff band. Whew ….
From the azimuth location, I worked my way up to a long, narrow ridgeline, that connects to Table Mountain. The mountain itself is guarded by a very high, very tight, cliff band.
Without that long connecting ridgeline, you are not getting up Table Mtn, without alot of climbing gear.
Once on the connected ridgeline, the rest of the hike to the top of Table was just boulder hopping and agave avoidance. The top is actually more like a huge, flat mesa (ergo the name, Table).
I located the Table benchmark disk right away. No problem there.
I also located three reference mark disks. (As most know, normally only two RMs are set).
Now here's the fun part atop the mountain.
Ironically, two of the three RM disks Do Not reference the benchmark disk!!!
RM #1 and RM #2 reference a "dead tree".
Yep - In 1936, the surveyors used a dead tree as the Table benchmark, and set two normal disks for reference marks, with arrows pointing to the dead tree.
Ten years later, another crew of surveyors set the Table benchmark "disk" in place, about 15 feet from the "Dead Tree BM". Those 1946 guys set another RM (#3) for the BM "disk".
There are more anomalies up there, but that's enough bizarre stuff for a triplog.
The trip down was uneventful, but slow, due to all the above mentioned stuff.
I ended the day with 3 'stabs' from agave. My hand is swollen, and all black & blue, and there's still an agave tip in my leg that'll hopefully work its way out.
All in all, this short hike turned out to be a test of fortitude, and actually was worth all the silly adversities. It's beautiful country out there.
Would I do this hike again? Sure - But I'd wear anti-scree boots, and anti agave armor.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|