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North Table Loop Trail

Intermediate

Trail

7.7 mile 12.3 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
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 run 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 run, 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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Mar 14, 2020
Grizzly Adams
Mar 7, 2020
Patricia Prater
some trails closed due to mud but overall in good shape for a training run :D 7mi — 1h 40m
Jan 26, 2020
Mason Einbund
Jan 22, 2020
Matt H
Great climb in the beginning. A lot of good views with some views of the sewage plant and highway mixed in. 6mi
Nov 3, 2019
Aaron Smith
Lots if mud on the east side, ice on the north side. 9.2mi — 1h 50m
Sep 28, 2019
Stef Lau
7.5mi — 1h 24m
Sep 21, 2019
Sean Sternberg
Jul 31, 2019
Brandon Rouse
7.7mi — 1h 10m

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  3.9 from 79 votes

#72

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  3.9 from 79 votes
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#24

in Colorado

#72

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10,430 Since Dec 24, 2014
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Photos

Junction of North Table Loop & Mesa Top Trail
Feb 26, 2018 near Golden, CO
North Table Loop and Cottonwood Canyon Trails split
Apr 29, 2018 near Golden, CO
View of Coors Brewery and the town of Golden from the base of the North Table Cliff
May 21, 2015 near Golden, CO
Going up North Table Mountain
Sep 19, 2017 near Golden, CO
North Table Loop looking northeast toward Denver.
Mar 14, 2020 near Applewood, CO

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