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North Table Mountain - South Loop

Intermediate

Trail

10.2 mile 16.4 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,147' 350 m
Descent: -1,144' -349 m
High: 6,541' 1,994 m
Low: 5,678' 1,731 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)

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Trail shared by Chuck McQuade

North Table Mountain's best loop - the linkup provides the mesa's best singletrack

Chuck McQuade

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Overview

The North Table Mountain Loop provides an excellent linkup of the area's best singletrack with very little repeat sections and only a short section of doubletrack.

Need to Know

  • Although parking by the Neighborhood Access Trail may seem tempting, don't be "that person" who creates a conflict in the neighborhood. Instead, make sure to park at the Golden Bike Park.
  • North Table Mountain (NTM) is a great place for the cooler months. The summer can be a little tough, and an early or very late start is necessary. However, in the winter months NTM is a great time - most sections are usually clear of snow except for the northern half of the North Table Loop trail. After a recent snow or a heavy rain the mesa top trails can take a while to dry.

Description

The neighborhood access trail is a gem of a start to the North Table Mountain Loop. Parking can be somewhat of a challenge at the trailhead, however, starting in downtown Golden only adds a few flat miles and provides food and beer options upon return to your car:)

The easy to follow trail takes you along a few switchbacks and steeply climbs to the North Table Loop trail junction. At the junction, go north along the North Table Loop trail for a short gradual climb before turning onto the Cottonwood Canyon Trail, which provides the final climb out of the drainage before being rewarded with your first look at the vast mesa-top views. The trail continues winding atop the mostly flat mesa before the Mesa Top Trail junction. At the junction, go west along the Mesa Top trail briefly before heading north on the Rim Rock Trail.

When not closed, the Rim Rock Trail provides a perfect extension to the North Table Mountain Loop. A rather flat approach leads to the northern rim of the mesa before looping back to the Mesa Top Trail via a fast and non-technical downhill section. After crossing a bridge, you come to the Mesa Top Trail junction and head back west. Turn onto the Tilting Mesa Trail, which is the only doubletrack you encounter on the North Table Mountain Loop. Its main purpose is to take you to the southern portion of the North Table Loop Trail and the area's longest section of downhill. The views along the trail are very unique and usually offer many chances to see herds of mule deer.

When the trail intersects with the North Table Loop Trail, head south. Here is where the best downhill sections begin. You'll head back east, descending down through another of north table mountain's drainages. This is the steepest and fastest downhill section. A short climb along the mesa's basalt cliffs leads to another steep downhill section. Upon the conclusion of the descent you pass the Neighborhood Access Trail used earlier to start the loop. Another quick repeat section, before turning right to stay on the North Table Loop trail. Enjoy a third and final downhill with several tight switchbacks before the Lithic Trail junction and the exit point of the loop.

The Lithic trail is a very short trail acting as an eastern access point to the park's main trails. After several switchbacks you come to an irrigation canal, the trail crosses the canal and then heads south along the canal before exiting onto Easley Road. Parking here is an option or continue south along the road for 0.4 mile turning right onto Ridge Road putting you back at the Neighborhood Access Trail.

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May 30, 2020
Jonah Petoskey
14mi — 2h 30m
May 26, 2020
Hunter Ruth
Quick loop 8.5mi — 1h 06m
May 21, 2020
Tommy Cook
9mi — 1h 30m
May 19, 2020
Patrick Shaw
5h 30m
May 12, 2020
Brian Burnham
May 6, 2020
Erik Magnuson
Apr 5, 2020
Jacob Best
11.2mi — 2h 00m
Feb 1, 2020
Trevor Denkers
new bike, trail was awesome. parked at new terrain for a brew after 10.2mi — 1h 15m

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Rare foggy morning ride on the North Table Loop.
Jun 17, 2016 near Golden, CO
North Table Mountain provides an excellent ride close to town.
Feb 18, 2017 near Golden, CO
Even on wagon wheels, you can easily cruise the tight switchbacks on North Table.
Jul 7, 2017 near Golden, CO
Along side the basalt cliffs, between downhill sections on the south end of North Table Loop Trail
Apr 9, 2013 near Golden, CO
Some good flow and climbing involved rewarded by great views of Golden and Denver.
Nov 9, 2015 near Golden, CO
Beautiful singletrack lets you really open it up on North Table.
Jul 7, 2017 near Golden, CO

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