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A beginner friendly loop on North Table mountain with a couple spicy moments.

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6,544' 1,995 m


5,870' 1,789 m


965' 294 m


970' 296 m



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E-Bikes Allowed

Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain Park is CLOSED from February 1 through July 31 2020 to protect raptor nesting territory and ground-nesting bird habitat.



This loop makes use of the many trails on North Table mountain. It cuts off a major section of technical/rocky riding that the North Table Loop features. Avoiding this section makes it a more enjoyable ride for beginner or intermediate riders. Enjoy riding on Rim Rock, Cottonwood Canyon Trail, and the North Table Loop trail.

Need to Know

North Table Mountain main parking area has restrooms, bike pump and tools, and free parking.


The ride starts from the North Table Mountain Park main parking lot with a grueling climb. At the top of the hill, you'll see a climbing area to your right and a trail merge ahead. Top out at the trail merge and continue straight onto the Tilting Mesa Trail (North Table Loop continues on to the right).

Enjoy some cross country riding along the top of North Table mountain. You'll merge onto Mesa Top briefly and continue on towards Rim Rock trail. You'll see the entrance to Rim Rock trail flanked by two large rocks and signs. Rim Rock is a fun, flowy climb through tall grass with views looking north towards Boulder. There is an awesome viewpoint as you crest the highpoint of the trail that overlooks Denver. From here, enjoy a fun, flowy descent with a couple technical moments.

You'll finish by crossing a small bridge and ending at a stone staircase. Walk or climb your bike up the staircase and continue on this trail (Mesa Top). At your next junction, make a left onto Cottonwood Canyon Trail. This a fun descent which will connect you with North Table Loop. There is one technical rock garden where beginner and some intermediate riders will be more confident walking their bike.

Once you connect with North Table Loop, you'll continue all the way around the perimeter of North Table Mountain and return back to the parking lot.

History & Background

"Lava flows formed North Table Mountain and its sister mesa, South Table Mountain, about 60 million years ago. Today, North Table Mountain Park visitors enjoy panoramic views, 15-plus miles of trails and breath-taking rock climbing." - JeffCo Open Space


Shared By:

Hunter Swanson with improvements by Terina C and 1 other

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Morning sunrise.
Oct 29, 2015 near Golden, CO
Even on wagon wheels, you can easily cruise the tight switchbacks on North Table.
Jul 7, 2017 near Golden, CO
Part of the "Table" in North Table Mountain...from the north side.
Jun 17, 2016 near Golden, CO
View of E Denver
Apr 3, 2019 near Golden, CO
S West view of Denver
May 8, 2019 near Golden, CO
Enjoy gorgeous views of South Table and the Coors factory from the east side of North Table.
Jul 7, 2017 near Golden, CO


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Aug 27, 2023
Gabriel Jahnke
Aug 13, 2023
Laura Stacey
some pretty tough spots. did a good bit of walking 9.4mi — 1h 45m
Jul 27, 2023
Reed F
Jun 25, 2023
Mar Bikes
Would do the NTB outer rim for an easier ride 7mi — 2h 00m
Apr 30, 2023
Trevor Stout
Rim rock trail closed 8.2mi — 1h 15m
Nov 22, 2022
Peter Tiley
Sep 18, 2022
Deuce Thevenow
Jul 22, 2022
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