North Table Loop

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  3.6 from 16 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 8 votes
Rank: #1 in the North Table Mountain area
#125 in CO, #1,030 Overall
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Apr 16 Red - Snowy
Featured Ride in the area near Golden,
“A rolling grassland trail that circumnavigates North Table Mountain.”
Tom Robson on Jun 5, 2014
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7.311.7 milesKilometers 984’300 m Ascent 6,485’1,977 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
80% Singletrack -955’-291 m Descent 5,854’1,784 m Low 16% Max Grade (9°)
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.
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.

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 Table Rock 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.

Once North Table Loop passes the Tilting Mesa Trail, you'll encounter a minor, but steep descent directly into the North Table parking lot.
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  3.5 from 2 votes
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  3.5 from 2 votes
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