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Trail

7.7 mile 12.3 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,058' 323 m
Descent: -1,056' -322 m
High: 6,486' 1,977 m
Low: 5,851' 1,783 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

A rolling grassland trail that circumnavigates North Table Mountain.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Rattlesnakes are commonly seen on North Table Mountain!

Snakebite Identification and First Aid

Overview

This is a nice hike that feels somewhat remote despite being right on the edge of Golden and Denver. There's a decent amount of elevation change so this isn't a trivial hike, but it's not overly technical, and the trail is easy to follow.

Be sure not to miss the viewpoint off of Lichen Peak, the park's highest peak.

Description

Start this trail at the northern end of the main North Table parking lot, located just east of CO-93. Follow the mesa's contours as you take in the beautiful views of the nearby Hogsback hills, White Ranch Park and the surrounding front range mountains.

After bearing left at the junction with Mesa Top Trail you'll encounter a small climb that quickly becomes a descent after the Y-intersection with Tablerock Trail. Continue to follow the contours of the mesa as North Table Loop Trail skirts the northern end of North Table Mountain.

Shortly after the trail passes the other end of Mesa Top, you'll encounter the most difficult feature of this trail - a steep, switchbacked climb. Take this torturous ascent past Cottonwood Canyon Trail, and Neighborhood Access Trail. Shortly after these trail junctions, the climb becomes shallower and you'll find yourself on top of the mesa! Take in the beautiful front range views, but don't linger long... The smells from the Coors water treatment plant can be brutal depending on wind direction.

Once North Table Loop passes the Tilting Mesa Trail, you'll encounter a minor, but steep descent directly into the North Table parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Species Highlights:
  • Cliff-nesting Golden Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rattlesnake

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May 8, 2019
Christopher Van Gurp
Most difficult hike that I've done. Completely soaked, incredibly muddy, very cold, slipped and got covered in mud, saw some deer. 10.2mi — 3h 47m
May 4, 2019
Cyndi Williams
7.7mi
Apr 13, 2019
Joe Martinez
Long loop w cut thru via Colton tail 6mi — 1h 16m
Apr 6, 2019
Veruska Ramirez
Mar 31, 2019
David Orner
8mi
Mar 27, 2019
Peach Jones
Mar 17, 2019
Gina G
Feb 3, 2019
Lizzie Mosier
7.7mi

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