Hike of the Week: North Table Moutain
North Table Mountain is in Golden, Colorado which technically isn’t a part of Boulder County, but this beautiful hiking trail is only 30 minutes from Boulder and definitely worthy of being this week’s Hike of the Week for its spectacular views of the Denver metro area, unique rock formations, and location along the scenic highway CO-93. North Table Mountain is classified as a mesa and recognized by its lava flow rock formation sides making it a favorite spot for students of the local Colorado School of Mines and geology enthusiasts to frequent.
North Table Mountain trail is a 2.7-7.7 mile loop; a moderate day hike with some uphill and downhill that accompany the flat trail along the mesa’s surface. Depending on your hiking preference you can take one of three routes:
- The North Table Loop is 3.2 miles and starts with a challenging uphill section at the trailhead: once you come to the intersection take Tilting Mesa trail to Mesa Top trail to North Table Loop.
- The Longer North Table Loop is 6-8 miles and starts the same way as the shorter loop: take Tilting Mesa, then a right at the next intersection, and then a right at Mesa Top trail, then back to North Table Loop.
- Golden Cliffs Trail is the shortest option at 2.7 miles and is accessed from North Table Mountain trail. Climbers will especially enjoy this route for the popular climbing sites at the Golden Cliffs.
A favorite way to enjoy this hike is to pack a lunch and picnic while enjoying views of Denver and to finish off the day with a delicious ice cream cone in town at one of Golden’s sweets shops or a refreshing margarita at one of the local restaurants or bars. Downtown Golden has much to offer not only for the hiker after a long day on the trail, but also for weekenders looking for great local eats and drinks and mountain town niche shops.
General things to keep in mind:
- Remember to always bring more than enough water and snacks.
- Check the weather before you set off.
- Be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for wildlife.
- Stay on the trail and preserve the area for others to enjoy.
- And as always . . .