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North Table Loop

Intermediate

Trail

7.5 mile 12.0 kilometer point to point
80% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 883' 269 m
Descent: -934' -285 m
High: 6,482' 1,976 m
Low: 5,857' 1,785 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Big climbs. Rowdy descents. Amazing 360-degree views.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Overview

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

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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May 30, 2020
M Kapsak
Really steep climb out of the West lot. A bit technical on the descent - had to walk sections. 8.3mi — 1h 39m
May 28, 2020
Nick D
1h 20m
May 24, 2020
Roman Arora
Super fun!!! 7.5mi — 2h 00m
May 23, 2020
Jonah Petoskey
May 14, 2020
Hunter Ruth
From my place 8.5mi — 1h 12m
May 10, 2020
Sam Lindstrom
Great ride to dust off the MTB and get a workout. Traffic was moderate, trail was dry, and the weather was beautiful! 7.5mi — 1h 08m
May 10, 2020
Hunter Ruth
Through the switchbacks and back( Northside) 7.3mi — 1h 00m
May 9, 2020
Sean Barnes

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  3.7 from 239 votes

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Photos

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
Morning sunrise.
Oct 29, 2015 near Golden, CO
Part of the "Table" in North Table Mountain...from the north side.
Jun 17, 2016 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
Even on wagon wheels, you can easily cruise the tight switchbacks on North Table.
Jul 7, 2017 near Golden, CO

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