Big Table Mountain Via Bear Gulch Trail

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Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Big Table Mountain Via Bear Gulch Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Spencer, Idaho that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,211 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Bear Gulch Trail is a backcountry trail near Kilgore providing access to the Continental Divide Trail, and Mule Meadows at the top of Table Mountain. It also intersects Table Mountain Trail. The first three miles involve a decent climb, but once you reach 8500' the trail is fairly level. There are two bridges in good condition over the creek, as well as a spring and a backcountry campground at Mule Meadow. The area receives copious amounts of snow in the winter, with snow on the ground well into the spring. The creek and spring might not flow in dry years.

hiking
off trail
9 months ago

My route should be called Table Mountain via Pete’s Divide. Access is from Red Rock Rd. in Centennial Valley. Take Price Peet Road (#1805) past Price Peet Divide to Pete’s Divide. The CDT passes thru here and it’s a campsite for thru hikers. Go north on the CDT. It’s fairly steep for 1.7 miles, gaining about 1,000 ft elevation. After 3.5 miles the trails opens up on a big valley. There is a “Rock Spring” trail sign. At this point depart the trail and head due North toward a group of trees on the ridge (see photo). Passage thru this area is not difficult. Sage and trees are fairly sparse all the way to the top. The first part of the hike is mostly in trees, but there is a nice view of the Centennial Valley at about 1.6 miles. The upper valley is a vary large meadow filed with wild flowers. The view from the ridge (Continental Divide) is of the south Centennial Valley and Lima Reservoir with Snowcrest and Gravelly Ranges in the distance. Wish I could give it more than 3 stars, but most of this hike is through trees.

hiking
Mon Nov 06 2017

This is a nice trail. The first part is along Bear Gulch, then it climbs steeply to the plateau on top of Big Table Mountain. Once on the plateau, there is a campground and a spring as well as intersections with other trails.