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North Table Mountain - Short Loop

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 3.6 (25) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A quicker way to check out the North Table Mountain mesa in a loop without going all the way around.


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Loop

6,479' 1,975 m

High

5,990' 1,826 m

Low

520' 159 m

Up

525' 160 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Overview

This loop just outside of Denver has enough elevation gain to raise your heart rate while offering close views of the Front Range foothills and Flatirons to the north. It also offers views of the Denver Skyline from afar. You can connect with other trails in the North Table Mountain trail network for additional routes/views.

Description

This trail is mostly easy—don't let the first half mile fool you. Take your time and enjoy the views of Golden on the ascent if you're getting used to the Colorado elevation. It starts at a decently steep grade, but is very well groomed and easy to maneuver.

Once you get on top of the mesa in about 0.7 miles, the hike becomes a breeze for the rest of the way, as you've completed basically the entire ascent. Even though you're only 20 minutes from Denver, it can seem like you're in the middle of nowhere up top due to the expansive trail network on the mesa. On a late Monday afternoon after work, my dog and I encountered 3 other hikers, 4 trail runners, and 6 mountain bikers throughout the entire hike. The trails are wide with plenty of room for others to pass.

In terms of views, you get: Golden behind you in the first half mile, long distance views of the Denver Skyline once up top on Tilting Mesa Trail, and then pretty decent views of the Front Range and Flatirons once you round the corner on Mesa Top. This isn't the most impressive trail around, but if you're seeking some solitude outside of the city, it can be an enjoyable respite. If you're in the Denver area and looking for a close, easy hike to view the mountains around you, then this is a great option.

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Shared By:

Cam Morton with improvements by Brian Huber

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  3.6 from 25 votes

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Photos

North Table Mountain Flowers with permission from David Broome
Jan 8, 2015 near Golden, CO
North Table Loop-Golden.
Oct 29, 2020 near Golden, CO
Beginning of trail.
Nov 4, 2020 near Golden, CO
Mesa Top
Oct 29, 2020 near Golden, CO
View of Denver
Nov 4, 2020 near Golden, CO
North Table Loop
Oct 29, 2020 near Golden, CO

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May 10, 2022
Kiera Hemphill
3.4mi — 1h 15m
May 10, 2022
Ryan Bowman
A little detour up Lichen Peak and around the loop.
Apr 28, 2022
Ryan Bowman
1.6mi
Apr 25, 2022
Ryan Bowman
Up to Lichen Peak and back
Mar 29, 2022
Ryan Bowman
Went up to Lichen Peak and down. A combination of rain/snow. 1.6mi
Mar 12, 2022
Rachel Pierstorff
Muddy! 3.3mi
Feb 14, 2022
Diane Collier
Jan 31, 2022
Margaret McClelland
3.2mi — 1h 09m