North Table Loop, North Table Mountain Park Trailhead - Golden, Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons, Colorado
North Table Loop - 5.9 miles
North Table Mountain Park Trailhead - Golden
|Round-Trip Length:||5.9 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||6,030' - 6,030' (6,505' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+475' net elevation gain (+935' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
North Table Loop - 5.9 Miles Round-Trip
North Table Mountain Park is located on the east side of Highway 93 in Golden, CO. It covers 2000 acres of mixed grass prairie and a 500' tall mesa near the foothills.
The mesa core was formed by lava flows that emanated from the Ralston Dike two miles away. Sedimentary deposits that once covered this hardened lava have eroded, resulting in the steep-sided formation we see today.
Mule deer, coyote, rabbit, prairie dogs and rattlesnakes inhabit the grasslands, while eagles, hawks and falcons nest in vertical cliffs along the mesa rim. Spring-fed ponds draw waterfowl, and form luxuriant riparian corridors that slice down the mountain into the plains.
A network of multi-use trails circle Table Mountain and criss-cross the mesa top. The North Table Trail, Mesa Top Trail, and Tilting Mesa Trail form a diverse loop around, up and back down the mountain.
The following description travels clockwise on the North Table Loop:
The North Table Trail rolls through open grasslands at the mountain's base to the Mesa Spur Trail (1.85 miles : 5,967'). You'll pass multiple marked trail splits en route, and remain on the North Table Trail in each instance. Look for wildlife along riparian corridors that flow from the mesa top into this open space.
The trail bends sharply northeast from the Mesa Spur on a sloping hillside dotted with large boulders evidencing the area's volcanic origin. The trail undulates on single track to the Mesa Top Trail split (3.2 miles : 6,060'); bear right for a short, steep climb to the mesa top.
Examine the mesa's hardened capstone, and look for raptors along these inaccessible cliffs.
The Mesa Top Trail abruptly levels in open space and curls west through the heart of the mesa top (3.65 miles : 6,365'). Travel quickens on wide, packed dirt with long views across the eastern plains, Golden foothills, Lookout Mountain and Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
Continue past Rim Rock Trail (4.1 miles : 6,485') to the Tilting Mesa Trail split and bear left (4.2 miles : 6,470'). Ignore unmarked spurs that skirt a large, spring-fed pond that hosts waterfowl.
Continue west to the Tilting Mesa - North Table Trail split (5.3 miles : 6,478'), where you'll bear right on wide rough pour and drop 450' back to the trailhead to complete the loop (5.9 miles : 6,030').
- N39 46.921 W105 13.779 — 0.0 miles : North Table Mountain Park Trailhead
- N39 47.337 W105 13.219 — .85 miles : Mesa Top Trail split #1 - keep left
- N39 47.449 W105 13.054 — 1.07 miles : Table Rock Trail split #1 - keep right
- N39 47.624 W105 12.714 — 1.7 miles : Table Rock Trail split #2 - keep right
- N39 47.762 W105 12.670 — 1.85 miles : Mesa Spur Trail split - keep right
- N39 47.171 W105 11.707 — 3.2 miles : Mesa Top Trail split #1 - bear right, climb
- N39 47.082 W105 12.201 — 3.8 miles : Level travel atop mesa
- N39 47.120 W105 12.557 — 4.1 miles : Rim Rock Trail split - keep straight
- N39 47.143 W105 12.633 — 4.2 miles : Mesa Top - Tilting Mesa Trail split
- N39 46.578 W105 13.341 — 5.3 miles : Tilting Mesa - North Table Trail split
- N39 46.921 W105 13.779 — 5.9 miles : North Table Mountain Park Trailhead
- While the trail system remains under development, many social trails have formed throughout North Table Mountain Park that can be indistinguishable from designated trails.
- Rattlesnakes inhabit this area. Remain on designated trails at all times, and never place your hands or feet where you cannot see them.
- Respect sensitive habitat areas and honor seasonal trail closures.
Camping and Backpacking Information
- Camping is not permitted at North Table Mountain Park.
Rules and Regulations
- Dogs, Bikes, and Horses are permitted on all North Table Mountain Park Trails. Dogs must remain on leash.
- The Rim Rock Trail is closed March 15 - July 31 to protect nesting birds, waterfowl, and sensitive vegetation.
- Camping and open fires are not permitted at North Table Mountain Park.
- North Table Mountain Park is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour before sunset.
Directions to Trailhead
North Table Mountain Park is located on the east side of Highway 93 in Golden, Colorado. The parking area is located on the north side of town, just north of Pine Ridge Road.
North Table Mountain Park - Jefferson County Open Space
700 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm