North Table Mountain gets a lot of sun, making its single-pitch, sport climbing routes perfect to scale year round. Easy access and good bolts makes it a great place to get in a few quick climbs or work out a tough project.
Watching over the city of Golden, North Table Mountain (aka Golden Cliffs) sits like a crown on the northeastern mesa. This popular climbing area is the neighbor to the Coors beer complex and basks in the southern sun year round, making it a fine place to climb in the colder months. The majority of the climbs are one-pitch lines under 60 vertical feet, mostly well-bolted and it is easy to scramble atop the mesa and throw down a top rope for many climbs. There are over 350 established routes, ranging from 5.2 to 5.12. Sport route is king though there are enough trad routes in the mix to keep gear junkies happy.
What Makes It Great
Year round climbing on single pitch routes, with lots of options and grades. A great place to master sport climbing and work out some difficult top rope climbs. Be warned some of the rock atop the mesa can be loose and there are an abundance of rattlesnakes on the access trails (consider leaving your dog at home for this reason).
The rock is solid, though on some of the more popular and easy to access routes, it has gotten rather polished. Crowds can be an issue on weekends, especially on the moderate routes. But there’s a reason for that: easy access, great lines and plenty of bolts!
Who is Going to Love It
Sport climbers, those short on time and climbers who like single pitch routes of all flavors!
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Boulder, take US 6 on to CO 58. Exit Washington St and go south to 7th Ave. Go east to Ford St. Go east (just after crossing under CO 58) on 7th Pl. Go north (left) onto Boyd St. Follow this as it goes uphill and curves right and becomes Plateau Pkwy. Take a left and go uphill on to Peery Pkwy to its end as it also curves right (east). Follow Perry onto a dirt road that will lead to one of two parking lots. The lower lot has the outhouses. Both lots have trails which head uphill.
There are no fees to climb North Table Mountain but please respect the land and pack out your trash! Dogs are allowed on leash but are advised to stay home.