North Table Loop Trail

 34 votes

7.7 Miles 12.3 Kilometers

 

91% 

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

1,058' 323 m

Ascent

-1,056' -322 m

Descent

6,486' 1,977 m

High

5,851' 1,783 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

All Clear

13 days agoUpdate

A rolling grassland trail that circumnavigates North Table Mountain.

Tom Robson

Overview

Rattlesnakes are commonly seen on North Table Mountain!

Snakebite Identification and First Aid
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.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views
Dogs: Leashed

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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Sep 19, 2017
Danika Thayer
Solid run
Sep 12, 2017
Juan Gonzalez
Aug 27, 2017
Jeff Buchman
16mi — 4h 28m
Aug 18, 2017
Matt Chan
Clockwise 7.3mi
Jun 23, 2017
Tristin Johnson
A bit of up and down! Altogether lovely!
Jun 20, 2017
Toko Morimoto
May 26, 2017
Joel Ricklefs
4mi
May 25, 2017
Alan Currens
The trail is stunning with awesome vistas and challenging ascents. 8mi

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  3.9 from 34 votes

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#61

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Conditions


All Clear 13 days ago

Getting forecast...

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


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