|Lone tree on the top of Table Mountain;|
I have been eager to hit up North Table Mountain because Jefferson County Open Space has been busy creating a new trailhead with lots of parking, a bathroom and even a trail map with mileage to take with while hiking. There are two loops on the mesa, and a couple of other side trails for a total 7+ miles of hiking and biking paths. Now, this trail has always been on North Table Mountain, but it was never an "official" trailhead with bathrooms or maintained trails. This hike will take you all over the top of North Table Mountain with views of the Flatirons, City of Denver, Golden and Applewood. There are numerous animals on Table Mountain as well, so keep your eyes peeled for deer, coyotes, bunnies, foxes and even elk; all which I have seen at one time or another on this mountain!
Getting There: The trailhead is on the North side of Golden off Hwy 93 on the east side of the road. Just as you leave the last buildings in Golden on Hwy 93, you will see the trailhead sign, which is a large Open Space sign at the turn which is just north of Pine Ridge Road.
|Looking down into Golden, CO|
The Journey: For some reason, I was in a grumpy mood and knew that I really needed to get outside for a hike and to get some endorphins flowing through my body. Usually, choosing a hike is a process for me, there are so many trails and which one should I pick; but I have known for several weeks now that I wanted to hike the new trailhead on Table Mountain.
The trailhead offers two choices to start the hike, go up and go up faster and steeper. I chose the faster and steeper option (you won't be able to miss what I am talking about when you get there) because it was cold out and I needed to warm up! The dogs and I started hiking up the mountain and immediately were greeted with views of the City of Golden and Mt. Galbraith behind us. I snapped several photos of the views and of my neck warmer that I was modeling for the hike and continued up to the top of the mountain. Several mountain bikers passed me biking up and down the steep incline doing intervals but the trail here is really wide and it wasn't crowded at all, even with the dogs.
|The sun coming out for our hike back|
Table Mountain is a great place to hike on a sunny afternoon after work, have a picnic dinner and watch the sun set over the mountains or get up early and watch the sun rise as you spot animals on the mesa. Both North and South Table Mountain have numerous trails and are some of my favorite reasons to live in Golden.
Click on map below to input your personal directions. Marker is just a few yards short of the trailhead, continue north for seconds and you will see the trailhead on the east side of the street.
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Trail Map at trailhead. Click for larger image and to zoom