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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +707/724 ft
Total: 134 riders
 

Mountain Biking North Table Mountain

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#1075 of 1405 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#10249 in the world

This trail alternates between doubletrack and singletrack as the figure 8 loops up and around the Table Mountain mesa. Signage is a work in progress as of June 2010 so grab a map at the trailhead kiosk. From the road this grassy mesa looks fairly tame but there are some steep, rocky sections that will challenge even experienced riders. There's even a hidden waterfall near the top of the Mesa Top Trail.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
From Golden, take CO-93 north toward Boulder. Parking area is just outside Golden on the right side of Hwy 93 and is well marked.
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  • NatGio
    ****

    Good for a training and quick rides as it is flowy and no too long. The downhills I took were fast and rocky in some spots. Overall a nice place close to Golden.

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  • TanukiNate
    *****

    Great trail to get your feet wet to the awesome riding that Colorado has to offer. Trail has everything from beginner loops to rocky climbs and descents. Trail can get busy and parking lot fills up fast.

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  • Adam Taylor
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    Nothing very technical and so the temptation to fly can lead to trouble when you hit one of the many areas with loose gravel or loose rocks. Other than that, definitely some cool climbs and a great after work work out. Nice views. Expect to run into someone every 3-4 minutes (weekdays after 5)

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  • CO_singletrack_chic
    ****

    fun beginner/intermediate trail. It happened to be very muddy in spots with some standing water when I rode it this time. Would avoid certain sections of it until it dries out.

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  • jabershiki
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    I'll never go back to this one. Personally for my style of riding, I like fast smooth winding downhills. There was one spot where I picked up some speed. The rest of the short downhills were way too rocky. It almost seems like there were more ups than downs. It sucked

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  • Jmurphy8776
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    I thought I could avoid the road for the ascent so I took lookers right around the water tower to avail. Ended up having to carry my bike up the rocks from a hiking trail (?).

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  • Colton Lock
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    Great loop close to home. Massive gravel road climb to start but there are a few fun spots on the descent. There was a wild fire on the top when we were there last week which was....interesting!

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  • drtjumper2
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    Short, fast, fun ride close to the mountains and north/west Denver. This is a great after work ride. Extremely popular with bikers and hikers, so expect traffic and be courteous to others.

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  • bigAD
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    This is an average trail fun-wise bit a great place to get a workout in. Fun place to fat bike in the winter.

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  • apalten
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    I'm confused about the high ratings. For a beginner trail I would give it a 4, but as intermediate I have to give it a 2. There were no roots, no rocks, no boulders. Pretty boring.

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  • krausee3
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    As of this post the north side of north table loop is closed for trail damage. There is also no night riding allowed in any Jefferson county park, so may want to update that to avoid tickets.

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  • kaseytea
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    Nothing technical. Nice gradual climb. The wife really liked this one, while I got pretty bored. Usually pretty busy with trail runners and other bikers. Pretty view of downtown denver though.

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  • Jeff Barber
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    The road up is very steep so stick to the singletrack whenever possible. Not a lot of flow to this trail but it's not nearly as exposed as it looks from the road.

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  • solofat
    ****

    When you get to the parking lot-take a right and go steep. Take the north loop. Great crush uphill.awesome views.

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  • b45t4rd0
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    Blessed to live so close to this trail system. It has something for everyone. There can be lots of traffic, bikes, hikers and horses so be careful with speed around blind corners. Watch out for the occasional rattler, this is their home . Great views of Denver, Coors, from here. Beginners to intermediate riders will find it enjoyable.

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  • jkey6
    *****

    Update - looks like they have been doing some trail maintenance lately. There is more loose rock than before, but still a very smooth trail in comparison to the other Golden parks. Looks like they redirected a small 50-foot section of trail. The tight, technical section on the south side of the loop is a little less sketchy now.

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  • jryanoli
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    I'd recommend going up the steep section that you see from the parking lot. We did the opposite, heading north and around the mountain. It was a lot of lower pitch climbing, with the reward being a super steep jeep trail that left my brakes hot and wasn't really too fun. The views are nice, there was a creek flowing and plenty of wildlife, especially for being surrounded by city on all sides. It was quiet up top, with the exception of crickets and magpies. It really is pretty up top. You'll feel like you are out in the bush. The quarry section is really neat, with a 100-foot deep pit that is a little awe inspiring.

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  • antho_bldr
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    This is a very nice area with some excellent views on all sides. Most of the terrain on North Table Loop is something any beginner can ride with the exception of a few rocky sections and couple tight switchbacks with some exposure. Rim Rock trail is supposed to be more difficult but it's been closed every time I've visited. I prefer to slog up the main hill in the CCW direction - that allows you to descend the few rocky sections on the trail.

    Note that this trail is extremely popular on weekends. Expect to stop (and smile!) multiple times for hikers, runners and folks riding in the opposite direction.

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  • jimimcook@gmail.com
    ****

    Great place for a rigid single speed ride. Never to too rough so you can cruise through at good speed with climbs that are a bit lighter than it's other golden trail counterparts.

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