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Sunday, April 1, 2012

TableTop Mountain - Keene, NY - 3/31/12

The weather forecast for Saturday in the Adirondack High Peaks was questionable with scattered rain, but we were ready to get into the woods. Our choice was TableTop Mountain in Keene, NY.  Leesa and I had not climbed it before.

We parked our car on the Adirondack Loj Road at the intersection with the South Meadow Road.  In the summer months, you can drive the South Meadow Road to the Marcy Dam Truck Trail and save yourself  an extra mile or so of walking.

There was a fresh inch on snow on the ground, but it was expected to get into the mid 40's F.   

Remains of Marcy Dam

The trip to Marcy Dam relatively flat and quick.  The foot bridge at the dam was washed out on 8/28/11 in Hurricane Irene and has not been rebuilt.

The remains of the foot bridge are roped off

Still a great view, but little water

Bear are becoming more common in the High Peaks

I like this shot, looking back at the dam

We left the dam and climbed the Van Hoevenburg trail towards Mount Marcy and past the Phelps trail.
You eventually see the sign (pictured below) which denotes the start of the herd path to Table Top.  Although it is a herd path, it is quite easy to follow.  The entire hike is actually relatively easy, with no extremely difficult sections.

Beginning of the Herd Path from the Van Hoevenburg Trail

On the Table Top summit plateau
As we started to get near the summit plateau, it began to look like winter.  There was a little snow and rime ice in the trees.  We wore micro spikes for traction.  No snowshoes or crampons were necessary.

Still a little bit like winter

Leesa and Rev on the summit next to the sign

Mike and Rev

It looks colder than it felt



You can see a little of the blue sky and sun trying to break through



Table Top Mountain at EveryTrail

Our GPX route

We enjoyed the hike.   There are limited views from Table Top, but as you can see in the above pictures it's still nice.  I felt like this was one of the easier high peaks to climb since there were no sections of the trail that posed any great difficulty.  

Trip Stats:

Hike Distance:  13 miles round trip
Hike Time:  7 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  2550'
Trailhead Elevation:  2050'
Summit Elevation:  4427'

Our route shown in blue


  1. Nice post! More wintery looking than I would have expected. How much snow was on the ground above Indian Falls, just the inch or two that had recently fallen or is there still a base? The clouds add some nice drama to the views of the snow covered peaks in your photos.

    1. There was a small base, but not too much . The trail is higher than the adjacent area because it had been packed down and didn't melt as fast.

  2. Thanks for posting this. Great pictures, although Marcy Dam was depressing due to the hurricane damage

  3. Greatly appreciate the post! Looking to bag it on 03-21-2016...

    1. Thanks. Enjoy your hike! The trail has had a slight re-route this I was there last. Be prepared for snow and ice.

  4. Nice post - is there an advantage to starting where you did as opposed to the Loj?

    1. You don't have to pay to park at South Meadow, otherwise no advantage.

  5. About to hike Phelps/Tabletop this weekend- can you still park on the Marcy Dam Truck Trail via South Meadow Road??

    1. You can park on South Meadow Road, but not on the truck trail.