North Table Mountain

Golden, Colorado

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North Table Mountain is a mesa formed by Paleocene basaltic lava flows about 60 million years ago. The more popular North Table Mountain and South Table Mountain, also a mesa, are separated by Clear Creek Canyon. Jefferson County Open Space has constructed a trail system to explore the mesa with expansive views of Golden and Denver from its top. North Table Mountain Park encompasses 1,998 acres, and a couple of areas are closed to the public, one of them a sensitive lichen area. Other seasonal closures protect cliff-nesting birds, mule deer, and other fragile or unique vegetation. The numerous mountain bikers we encountered were friendly and courteous, not at all a negative impact on the hiking experience. These trails are good for spring or fall days. Shade is scarce; on summer days it’s best to hike or bike early or late in the day to avoid the worst of the heat. Don’t forget your sunscreen, and take plenty of water.

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"North Table Mountain is a mesa formed by Paleocene basaltic lava flows about 60 million years ago. The more popular North Table Mountain and South Table Mountain, also a mesa, are
separated by Clear Creek Canyon. Jefferson County Open Space has constructed a trail system to explore the mesa with expansive views of Golden and Denver from its top.

North Table Mountain Park encompasses 1,998 acres, and a couple of areas are closed to the public, one of them a sensitive lichen area. Other seasonal closures protect cliff-nesting birds, mule deer, and other fragile or unique vegetation. The numerous mountain bikers we encountered were friendly and courteous, not at all a negative impact on the hiking experience. These trails are good for spring or fall days. Shade is scarce; on summer days it’s best to hike or bike early or late in the day to avoid the worst of the heat. Don’t forget your sunscreen, and take plenty of water."

Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Golden
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 480 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 6,030 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Parks
Local Maps: Jefferson County Parks North Table Mountain Park
Driving Directions: Directions to North Table Mountain

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May 2018