The hike started at the nature center.
From the Nature Center,
it was a gentle uphill walk,
past pretty little waterfalls
No more gentle grade.
It was UP...,
We took a little rest and Nancy went out on the rocks to take a photo of the pretty view. I decided I would wait to see the picture… not climbing out on any rocks for any view;o((
View from the Halfway Hut
After a little rest,
we continued along a ridge for about 1/2 mile.
Nice to have some flat ground to walk!!
But it wasn’t long before it really went UP!!
But now we were into some rock climbing ;o((
I did sneak a peak as we climbed across
this huge granite dome!!
One last set of rocks….
and we had reached the summit:o))
You might think I was hanging on for dear life, but actually I am hugging this tree for our favorite tree huggers, David and Sherry!!! Our change in altitude from where we started to here is about 2000 feet. (1964 to be exact)
Standing at the summit, we are at the highest point on Table Rock Mountain, we are not at the ‘table’ yet. To get there, you have to hike down the trail for another 1/2 mile.
This is as close as
I will pull my boots up to the table;o))
Nancy put her boots ON the table!!
She’ll go anywhere just to get the picture!?!?
She got a great picture of
the view from the table.
If you were standing down by the reservoir,
you could see us up here:o)))
Since I had found a nice spot, right next to a tree, we decided this would be a great time for lunch. We were watching hawks soaring just off the mountain, but they were in the distance. Then this fellow, stopped on the branch right above us.
Guess he was looking for some lunch also;o))
We spent about 45 minutes, eating lunch and soaking in the beauty out here. Then it was time to return. Since this is an out and back trail, our first thoughts were, “this will be a piece of cake, it’s all downhill!!” Yes Sherry, a trail does look VERY different on the way back!!!
Being Flatlanders, this elevated hike was a real tester for us. Can’t imagine what it would be like in the REAL mountains out west!?!?! However, it was a fantastic way to spend a day. There is no doubt that tomorrow, we will be resting our weary bodies and then try another hike in a day or so!!
GREAT HIKE….GREAT DAY!!!