It’s no secret that the Front Range surrounding Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs has some of the best and most easily accessible climbing in the world. From multi-pitch crags and trad routes to top-roping and bouldering, every climber will find something that suits his or her personal passions and ability level. The Table Mesa sport climbing area just west of Denver is no exception to this awesomeness.
What Makes It Great
Head to the outdoorsy Mecca of Golden, Colorado, and then to the Table Mountain Park trailhead and parking lot, just a short walk from the base of the rocks where the routes begin. You’ll find two trails here both leading to different climbing areas (Lichen Peak Trail and Golden Cliffs Trail) .
A bouldering pad, standard rope length, a dozen quickdraws and enough anchors and webbing to set up a top rope are really all the gear you’ll need here. Bring your usual kit and water to keep you comfortable of course, and remember there isn’t a lot of shade at this climbing area. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer but the exposure here actually makes this a pretty friendly place to climb all year long.
Most routes are less than 60 feet high and are well bolted for qualified sport climbers. You can hike off the top of the routes, which also makes them simple to top rope. Be aware that you’ll share this area with both wildlife (weekdays) and other people (weekends) due to its proximity to town and being nestled in the foothills, so adherence to both outdoor and climbing etiquette is advised. You’re likely to encounter raptors, mule deer, prairie dogs and rattlesnakes, similar to other open spaces of this altitude.
Who is Going to Love It
While this area is mostly sport climbing, there are some trad routes and boulders to get on. Bottom line: you won’t be disappointed with this well-maintained and diverse climbing destination, so very close to town.