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North Table Loop Trail

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Length


7.7 Miles 12.3 Kilometers


1,058' 323 m

Ascent

-1,056' -322 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

6,486' 1,977 m

High

5,851' 1,783 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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A rolling grassland trail that circumnavigates North Table Mountain.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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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Feb 3, 2019
Lizzie Mosier
7.7mi
Feb 2, 2019
Ash Hennen
Jan 20, 2019
Logan Shaver
Dec 30, 2018
Alyssa Johanson
Pretty moderate. Windy without much coverage but great views of the city 7.7mi
Nov 24, 2018
Shannon Rauh
Oct 21, 2018
Kimberly Taylor
w/ kemar
Aug 26, 2018
Alexis Tatham
Hot, no tree cover, steep incline to start the trail then pretty level after
Aug 20, 2018
Mike Simms
7.5mi

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  3.8 from 60 votes

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