Friday, October 25, 2013
The first time we visited this place I didn't think much of it. I didn't give it a fare chance, and we also didn't get to choose a very good campsite the first time around. I thought little of large campgrounds because they usually come with lots of people and lots of noise, two things we try and get away from when we go camping. Table Mountain has 111 sites in total, set up on the top of a sloping ridge that over looks the mojave desert and surrounding San Gabriel mountains. The sloping ridge causes most of the campsites to be spread out quite well (although not all). Some of the loops seem like small campgrounds unto themselves. I've come to appreciate large campgrounds like this one because with their greater number of sites comes a greater chance of getting a sweet spot to set up shop for a bit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds. We are a family of four with small kids and this place was perfect for us. Its hard to get out and explore like we did pre-little-ones but this campground has a lot to offer, and all within walking distance. The campground itself is clean and has a friendly staff who look after the place. Bathrooms are vault toilets, and there are plenty of water spigots, most with 5 gallon bucks to put out your fire (also work great for washing our dirty two year old). There's a really nice amphitheater that has programs for the kids on Saturday nights during the summer, I believe they played a movie the night we were there. There is a trail that loops around the whole campground, and a disc golf corse right next door to the campground. I hiked most of the trail with JW, we saw some great birds and the views over looking the desert below were phenomenal. I highly recommend reserving a spot here. Our second stay here was much more enjoyable because of this. We stayed in site #40 all out on it's own. Only bummer is that it didn't have a lot of shade, but it has a really nice view of the surrounding mountains! Most of the sites on the edge of the campground have great views, sites #54 and #55 looked amazing.