North Table Mountain is a volcanic mesa, so it's home to some vast, sweeping, iconic landscape. The North Table Loop is a popular, moderately difficult 5.9-mile hike up and around the hardened lava formation.
What Makes It Great
The trails crisscross each other over the top; for the purposes of this loop, you'll travel clockwise. Stay on the North Table Trail when you come to splits; but hang a right on Mesa Top Trail for a short climb to the summit. Go past the Rim Rock Trail (a spectacular hike for another day) and head left on Tilting Mesa Trail. Bear right at the Tilting Mesa/North Table trail junction, and you'll enjoy a 450-foot descent back to your car. The park is open one hour before sunrise, and closes an hour before sunset. Be aware, there are some "social" trails that may look well-traveled but are not part of the trail system. Your trails will be marked with signs. Dogs are allowed -- as are horses and mountain bikes. And as always, in the warmer months, be on the lookout for rattlesnakes.
Who is Going to Love It
Even though it's a steep start, North Table Mountain is a good hike for all levels of hikers - even kids. The views from the top Mesa are wonderful, especially when looking eat to Denver and south to Pikes Peak.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
North Table Mountain's trailhead is directly off CO 93 N, roughly a mile from 93 and Clear Creek Canyon (US 6) meet in Golden.