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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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May 4, 2019
Gordon Bronson
May 4, 2019
bliu
Busy but pleasant. 7.7mi — 1h 08m
Apr 26, 2019
Patrick Gillespie
7.5mi — 1h 14m
Apr 19, 2019
Lauren Miller
Amazing run. Very hilly. But great views overall — 1h 10m
Apr 5, 2019
Tyler Sims
Mar 16, 2019
JARROD MYERS
a little, snow, post holing 7.7mi — 1h 45m
Jan 20, 2019
Joseph Parks
Dec 25, 2018
Kasey Thomas
Trail dry and safe 6mi

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  3.9 from 68 votes

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Lee Shaver
Denver, CO
Lee Shaver   Denver, CO
The first two or three miles are a bit dull, but after that you feel like you're in the wilderness. Some of the trails on top are closed for habitat restoration. No water along the route as described, but there's a spring on the mesa top trail just as you crest the mesa. Jul 22, 2017
In response to "a bit dull", for a more exciting run, hit the hill first and run it counter clockwise. Oct 9, 2017

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