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North Table Loop

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  3.7 from 22 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 11 votes
Rank: #1 in the Golden area
#52 in CO, #224 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Golden,
“Big climbs. Rowdy descents. Amazing 360-degree views.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Jun 17, 2016
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7.512.0 milesKilometers 883’269 m Ascent 6,482’1,976 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
80% Singletrack -934’-285 m Descent 5,857’1,785 m Low 14% Max Grade (8°)
Overview
1:17 average time for 8.2 miles. Details

Overall, this is a nice mellow ride that feels somewhat remote, despite being right on the edge of town. There's a decent amount of climbing, so the ride isn't trivial, but it's not technical, and it's straightforward to follow.
Description
Start this trail at the northern end of the main North Table parking lot, located just east of 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.

From the North Table parking lot, this trail heads due southeast and starts a brutal gravel road climb... Once you're nearly at the top, the trail passes Tilting Mesa Trail and then tops out at its high point. Be sure to soak up the views!

Shortly after cresting the climb, the trail descends. Slightly at first, and then almost as steeply as the initial climb. This descent is raucous and winding, but be sure to keep an eye out for other trail users heading up the hill. At the bottom of the descent, North Table Loop contours on bench cut trail back to the north, bypassing Neighborhood Access Trail on your right and Cottonwood Canyon Trail on your left.

Continue straight, as the trail winds and rolls its way around the table's east side. Eventually, you'll come to the second largest descent of the ride, where you'll be greeted with some very tight switchbacks. Once at the bottom of this descent, you'll be at a junction with Lithic Trail, a short neighborhood access trail. Stay left to continue on the ride.

From Lithic Trail, the ride climbs and then continues to contour the table. This section of the ride is fast, flowing, and fun. So, open it up and really get some speed going! Eventually, after bypassing Table Rock and Mesa Top for a second time, you'll be at the North Table parking lot.
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PHOTOS of North Table Loop
  4.7 from 6 votes
Rare foggy morning ride on the North Table Loop. (Golden, CO)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Part of the "Table" in North Table Mountain...from the north side. (Golden, CO)
  3.5 from 4 votes
Along side the basalt cliffs, between downhill sections on the south end... (Golden, CO)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Some good flow and climbing involved rewarded by great views of Golden a... (Golden, CO)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Morning sunrise. (Golden, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
On the North Table loop. (Golden, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Nice shady resting spot. (Golden, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
The final climb up to the top of Table Mountain (Golden, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
On the North Table loop. (Golden, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Lithic trail down to Golden Bike Park and neighborhood access. (Applewood, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Cottonwood Canyon Trail Junction (Golden, CO)