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bspisak


Jun 12, 2003, 8:17 AM
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Access to the Grotto at Table Mountain
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6/11/2003

Access to the Grotto et al at Table Mountain.

The first gate where Shell Road turns to dirt is now marked prominently "No Trespassing" and was closed but not locked. There is a new Bureau of Reclamation trail starting just right of this gate that leads through some nice scenery, sometimes loosing sight of the road, but eventually rejoining the road at the second gate now marked with no parking signs. A short walk down the road from here takes you to the old approach to the Grotto. Total time on this new section of trail is under 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes up the hillside on the old approach.

Please do not use the cave just inside the Grotto as a restroom! It smells bad!! Take it out the other side around the corner. This area is more open and will be flushed with winter rains.


alpinelynx


Jun 12, 2003, 9:41 AM
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FYI that road is a county road, and thus, is open to the public. Just close the gate after you go through.. A local lawyer/climber made inquiries regarding the legalities of the locking of the first gate. The truth is, you can drive to the second gate, but really, the question is, why would you go to the Grotto in June when you could be headed up the hill?

I agree about the smell. pee elsewhere.


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