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Table Top Mountain via Van Hoevenberg Trail

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High Peaks Wilderness

Table Top Mountain via Van Hoevenberg Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.0 mi Elevation gain 2,513 ft Route type Out & Back
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Table Top Mountain is the 19th highest mountain in New York State, with an elevation of 4,427 ft. This is a climb up Table Top from the Adirondack Loj at Heart Lake. You will follow the Von Hoevenberg trail to just before Indian Falls and then head off on a herd path up to the wooded summit with limited views. If you have the energy on the way out you can always tag on Phelps Mountain as well making this a two 46er peak hike and eliminating the need to climb Phelps on another day.

limited facilities and parking available - $10 fee

87 to Exit 30 towards Keene, towards Placid - take left for ADK Loj in Lake Placid - fee to park.

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Jessi Burrack
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CampingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Gets tight towards the top, hard to maneuver if you are carrying camping supplies. I’d recommend leaving your bag down the mountain a ways and climb up to the top, it’s too slippery to have the extra weight on. You’ll more than likely slide down parts of the mountain on the way down so wear something you’re okay with to get wet/tear.

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Rich Staples
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Brandy Luther
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Hiking

First 2miles to Marcy Dam was easy and a nice nature walk. Then it gets more moderate and very rocky as your basically walking through a river bed. It has been a very dry summer and trail was still muddy. Once you get to turn for Tabletop trail is even smaller and some spots I had a hard time fitting with the hiking bag. Parts are also very steep then flatten out towards the summit. The summit is very lack luster so if your looking for amazing 360 or even 180 views you won't get them here. It opens a little at the top but still pretty wooded and the summit is small. I would also recommend hiking poles, they were a life saver for me.

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Nick Viviano
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HikingBlowdownBugsFeeGreat!MuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Hiked 9/12/2020. I always hesitate to say any of the 46’er treks are ‘easy’, but this was fairly simple. It rained about two days before, so it was still a little wet. Nothing treacherous though. Essentially you follow the Van Hobenberg trail for about 4 or so miles. Keep going past Marcy Dam and the Phelps turnoff. You will then be directed by a few signs leading up to Marcy, Indian Falls, and Tabletop. Nothing complicated. Once you reach the Tabletop pitch off, it’s a herd path all the way up. It’s easy to follow. You’re greeted by a decent summit. It was a short and sweet type of hike. Another one off the board. You’ll like this one.

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Cristina Truica
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Very very muddy with long stretches of ankle deep mud and a climb between the trees with serious erosion . No good views at the top making the summit itself anticlimactic especially if crowded given the small space at the top . The climb however is very gradual and gentle making it a good introductory hike for people who want to get used to the area

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Robert Payst
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Patrick Sweda
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Adam Reynolds
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Hiking

Interesting trail and was one of our more memorable hikes because it runs along the brook most of the way. Rained (hard) the day before so it was pretty muddy. Hiking up the stream bed was unique and the herd trail was a new experience. Hiked this with a 7 and 9 yr old and took about 10 hrs.

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Bobbi Bea
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HikingMuddy

I hiked to tabletop not sure why it’s not showing that must’ve stopped the recording, I went the day after a storm. Super muddy lots of puddles and a stream was running down the trail up. Pretty sweet.

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Jeff Onze
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Hiking

One of the more enjoyable hikes you can do. Unfortunately you get to the top and it is nowhere near as enjoyable nor beautiful as most of the other high peaks.

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peter garnot
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HikingFloodedMuddyRockyScramble

5/28 did on the way back from marcy. from the turnoff started out gradual and then became steeper towards summit but not bad. no snow or ice. flattens out at the top very narrow and muddy. will come to a sign at the top with a small lookout. took about 2 hours round trip from the turnoff.

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Zach Keller
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Hiking

Great hike. Very easy to follow. Spikes recommend but maybe not needed.

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cassidy burgner
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HikingBlowdownFeeIcyMuddySnow

great trial, very easy for the first 2 or so miles into marcy dam then it becomes more moderate... once you hit the herd path it’s a much steeper ascent but that part is short so overall not too difficult of a hike! has about 6-8 inches of powder on top but luckily we weren’t the first ones up to the summit that day so we had foot prints to follow up the herd path! definitely recommend spikes right now!

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