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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +477/ -432 ft
Total: 158 riders

Mountain Biking South Table Mountain

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#334 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
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The most well marked trails on south table all start at the bottom and climb to the loop on top. From the parking area ride towards the NREL building and look for the trail system on your right. Ride up to the split and decided which way to go. I find the left fork easier to climb as the right fork has a lot of larger looser rocks, but both trail end at the same loop. Climb until you reach the crushed gravel loop on top. It's a fun loop with lots of Slick rock type features sticking out of the gravel. On the North West side of the loop there's a double track trail that continues to climb and take you to the "Castle". A large rock feature that overlooks Coors Brewing, from here it's a fun downhill all the way back to the parking lots.

There are so many trail to explore and many different climbs and descents to be done. This trail can be as a quick :30 minute ride or a long epic 2 hour ride, it's all up to you.

First added by Jasonrgilbert on Sep 6, 2010. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
There are many access points to this trail system, but I haven't found any parking lots for the trail. The best access is from I-70 in the Belmar shopping area, Turn off on Denver West Blvd (this is located between Colfax 38th ave.) going north. There's a Marriott hotel on your left at this point. Take your next left at the light (on Denver west pkwy towards NREL) and park in one of the larger parking lots on your left. There's also access from the other 2 sides of South Table, behind Applewood golf course and next to Coors Brewing, but I can't give directions to theses trail heads.
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Q: Does this trail lead into golden?
A: Yes! There are three trails that lead right down into Golden. From the topi prefer the middle one. The trail down closest to castle rock has some nasty switchbacks

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  • Tankinglikeaboss

    Very fun and at some parts is very intensive just looking for someone to get together with to ride on weekends or in the summer im 17 but i dont mind age

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  • TanukiNate

    As of 3.4.18 parts of the eastern side are very muddy. Western side is dry and fun. Good for afterwork or before a beer ride.

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  • soccerj

    Watch out for cactus next to the singletrack.

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  • soccerj

    Watch out for cactus next to the singletrack.

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  • bigAD

    A good place to get a workout, but not the most fun place to ride.

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  • snell13

    First time at the trail and it was a fun mellow ride. Some loose rocks and deeper ruts in spots. But I will definitely come back for some hot laps.

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  • ItalianIce

    Great (quick) beginner ride. Awesome views considering its in town. I recommend starting on single track climb that starts between the NREL visitor center and the apartments. This connects to a wide gravel trail that goes out to castle rock. If you are looking for technical single track go elsewhere.

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  • MaelstromWBC

    Riding S Table Mountain is enough to prompt the question; "on what day did God create this trail, and couldn't he have rested on that day, too?". This is NOT a mountain bike trail network like it looks. It is a dirt road with offshoots that *look* like single track. However, these supposed *singletrack* trails are a mixture of natural drainage, wildlife trails, and maybe a couple old two track Jeep roads. They are overgrown with chest high weeds that give little view of the trail. They are also pretty much flat. If there is much of any elevation change, the trail changes into loose rock and gravel. Not optimal climbing or descending, especially on my SS rigid 29er. I wouldn't suggest someone to go here even if I didn't like it. I wouldn't send a beginner there either in fear they would give up mountain biking indefinitely. This trail should be removed from Singletracks and the trail itself should be nuked. If it was possible to give a 0 star rating; I would.

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  • ***

    The map takes you to the wrong trailhead. The mnt biking trailhead is on the south east side of the mountain. It is off Colfax and I70. Kind of hidden behind apartments.

    The trail is an easy climb. Great for after work. Great views and not very crowded.

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  • *

    If you follow the directions provided by the Singletracks App, you will find yourself on an advanced level trail, not a beginner trail.

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  • pstricker

    This is a great spot for beginners or anyone who wants a fun casual ride.

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  • Liquidmantis   ✓ supporter

    I ride this trail quite a bit as one of the trailheads is just two blocks from my front door. Unfortunately JCOS has been sanitizing this trail and just posted plans to do so further. They've closed off the unsanctioned trails, which is understandable but that eliminates a lot of singletrack. They've then taken the rough double-track and covered it with decomposed granite fill. I haven't seen any plans for new singletrack so STM is basically just good for spinning training rides now. Definitely not worth driving to.

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  • buddhakai13

    I must have rode up the wrong side or something, otherwise, this trail was definitely not rated properly. It should be considered an intermediate / advanced trail. I've ridden a few intermediate trails already, and though I'm far from being an experienced rider, my cardio is up. Still there was just no way I could ride up this trail. From the trail grade to the rocks to the sharp switchbacks, this is a tough one even for experienced riders... Once you're at the top, then yes, the trail is super easy for beginners... but I literally HAD to walk my bike up. And to come back down the same way??? Not yet ready for that.

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  • tymonster3

    Seems to be just a bunch of unconsolidated, old ATV trails. The wildlife and views of Golden/Denver are great.

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    Hit this one after work last Friday. I was surprised by the amount of trails on top. (Was expecting one loop, but found a few intersecting trails going in different directions.) Great views of downtown Denver as well as Golden. Saw 5 hikers and one dog. Easy ride, some lava rock to scramble over.

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  • Jasonrgilbert

    Good fun trail, a great afternoon/ evening ride. Plenty to explore, a few fun downhill sections. Usually not very crowded.* Review edited 9/6/2010

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