Tuolumne Table Mountain

#1 of 1 trails in Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Tuolumne Table Mountain is a 4.6 mile loop trail located near Jamestown, CA that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles 679 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking mountain biking rock climbing trail running walking rocky views
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Stuart Meyers

10 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful view,

Karina Drew

46 Completed29 Reviews

This trail should be rated as moderate difficulty, due to the scrambling necessary just before reaching the top of the mountain. The hike is worth the views from the top of Melones Lake.

Joshua Pelham

44 Completed7 Reviews

We started at the gate before the horrific dirt road that will destroy axels all day. The trail at the gate is nice almost completely flat meadow trail to the main trail head. There is a pit toilet there at the trail head (2nd parking area) before the accent. The climb up was not too hard at all, fairly short, though as soon as you start going up, there is a split, we went left, trail seemed better traveled. A small part of the trail is scrambling, no big deal at all, just keep your eyes on the trail. The view from the top is amazing looking at New Melones Lake, watch your step you are walking on ancient lava rock. A very good tril for a morning stroll.

Stacie Nicole

3 Completed2 Reviews

Drive through the "residents only" part of Shell Rd. It ends at the trail. There are two gates. You can start at the first gate where the trail head is or you can drive through to the second gate near the bathroom. The first part of the trail from the trail head to the bathroom meanders away from the road, is pretty flat and is in direct sunlight. After the bathrooms, you'll come back to the road where the second gate is. The trail marker is straight ahead. It gets pretty steep from there on up but there are switchbacks. When you get to the fork by the old mine, go left. Last part is a bit of a climb over lava rocks. Views from the top are awesome.

We completed this trail in 90+ degree heat. It was pretty miserable on the way back after the bathrooms. I recommend either starting very early (we started at 10:30) or doing the trail in fall or spring.

Albert Franco

1 Completed1 Reviews

I'm wanting to start walking to get in better physical condition. So, I parked outside the gate. If you're more interested in the views from the top, and not so much the walking, then drive through the gate--stay on the road--and park near the bathrooms, about a mile away.

A sign says Private Property. You can open the gate and drive or walk through, but don't get off the road. After a mile or a little more, you'll see a bathroom to the right, and a few receptacles for recycling water bottles, etc. Across from the bathrooms is a trail going up to the top of Table Mountain. Myself, I continued straight past the bathrooms, walking a total of 2.3 miles from my truck. As the trail began to deviate away from the mountain, I turned around, walked back to the bathroom area, and hiked up to the top.

As you get half way up, the trail will go right, or left. Go left, and after a short distance, you'll see an arrow pointing up the hill, to the right. Take that way, following the switchbacks up. Once at the top, you can pretty much go anywhere. I walked a little to the right to look back towards New Melones Lake, then walked across to look towards Hurst Ranch. Then walked along that far side, eventually crossed back to the lake side, and walked back. I only went about a mile, up top, but you could walk as much as you wanted, up there. Nice views!

A biplane flew by, and waved! The hike back down and to the car is the easy part.

Be sure to bring water. It's May now, and wasn't too bad. I imagine during the summer months, it'd be very hot, and there's little shade on the close end of the mesa. I don't know about the far end. Plenty of shade just off the mesa, on the way down.

Next time, I might bring binoculars.

Ashley Harrell

6 Completed5 Reviews

Fun trail, great view at the top!

John Thompson

13 Completed12 Reviews

I've been up here a few times. Found it easily on my first attempt. There's a gate on Shell Road and usually a few cars parked in the wide space there. The foot path starts on the meadow at your right, continues south for .75 mi and eventually crosses the road and up the side of the mountain. It's a little steep but only for about another .75 miles or so. It was exciting my first time up here because you can see Table Mt. from all around the Jamestown area, but before the internet, I didn't know where the trail was. Table Mountain is a huge area and it is one of the best known geographical landmarks in Tuolumne County. It was once a fantastic river of lava hundreds of feet deep. After eons of erosion, the country side washed away and now the old river of rock stands alone above the ranches and rolling meadows running for miles across the county. Once on top you can explore and wander for hours. The description says 2.7 mi /1 hour, but that's not accurate. Give yourself 2.5 hours or longer to enjoy the different views on all sides. Wear decent hiking shoes if you have any because you will want to protect you feel walking across the lava cap on top. I give it 5 stars because it's a nice trail that's easy to find (once you know where to start), it's close to town and such a cool place to explore that some locals are addicted to this place. I also saw a couple people with climbing gear in the area too, so I know they practice on the Mountain if you're in to that.

T P.

March time of year is a great time to do this hike. Not to hot and everything is green. A little incline to the top of table mountain but well worth it. On one side you see Melones lake and on the other side you see James town. Table mountain is old lava flow but wild flowers still bloom.

Lisa Pletcher

3 Completed4 Reviews

I have been coming to this one for years. I love coming up in the spring because on the table top the wildflowers are outstanding along with the view. Hubby and I pack I light lunch and like to picnic up there. Plenty of exercise for us and our dogs. A good place to let them run off leash. We live close by and it is handy. The only drawback is the foxtails in the summer and fall.

Brandy Stubblefield

7 Completed3 Reviews

Did this hike for my birthday! Breathtaking! We started from the first gate (this however was hard to find because the road you drive down says not a through road, residents only very confusing) we went in early March am the weather was beautiful 70's. at the end of the lower hike we noticed a fork in the road. We took the one to the left it was nothing but rocks covered in moss. (Had I not brought my dog we would of finished this hike too) we got to a point and looked up and people were climbing (with harnesses) the mountain. Finally we turned around and went to the right of the fork. You go UP UP UP. A lot of switchbacks but once we made it to the top it was all worth it. There were a few families with children ranging from ages 4-teens. The hike back we walked the "off-road" drive some people drove to the bottom of the hiking trail. I would take it unless you know how to drive 4x4. Some people had a blast the mud tracks were as deep as my knees! The entire hike too us 1-1.5 hours max. And we spent a good 30 min at the top enjoying the views! We will be doing this hike again. However NOT in the summer it would be way too hot and dry!