North Table Loop - Trail Running
Just fifteen miles from Denver—and with panoramic views of the city, the Flatirons, and everything in between—sun-splashed North Table Mountain is the perfect destination for trail runners who can't afford to let their winter training slip.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The majority of North Table Loop is on moderate, well-maintained singletrack. The net elevation gain is just over 1,100', but it's not all at once: there's plenty of up and down throughout the loop. From the west parking area off Highway 93, run the loop counterclockwise for gentler climbs and bigger descents, or clockwise for a tougher hill workout. Either way, headphones aren't recommended: you'll want to be alert for rattlesnakes.
Time To Complete
At a 10:00/mile pace, it'll take just under an hour and a half to finish the loop. If you're short on time, the Mesa Top Trail—accessed from North Table Loop on the east side of the mesa—offers similar elevation gain and cuts about a mile off the loop.
North Table Mountain's ample year-round sunshine is a double-edged sword. The trails dry quickly in winter, and you're guaranteed a warmer run than in the surrounding Jeffco Open Space Parks. In the summertime, though, temperatures regularly soar to 90-plus degrees—and shade is scarce. Plan summer runs for early or late in the day, and bring plenty of water.
On Leash Only
Jeffco Open Space regulations require pups to be on a leash. While it's always best to abide by land managers' policies, there's added incentive at North Table Mountain: it's prime rattlesnake habitat.