Cheap, free, and local-endorsed things to do in beautiful places

North Table Mountain Trail

  • ★★★
  • 3 mile loop (can be adjusted to 2-7 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 883 feet
  • 1-1.5 hours
  • Moderately strenuous
  • Great sunset hike with views of Denver & Golden

Distance from Denver: 25 minutes


Parking: Free

This is my favorite after-work sunset hike – it’s very peaceful and offers sweeping views of Golden and the greater Denver area. The landscape is fairly dry and barren and it’s not an especially scenic hike, but it’s a nice convenient area to walk around. And if you come in the late afternoon, expect to see deer 🙂

Begin the hike at the North Table Loop trailhead off Highway 93 on the north end of Golden. Go southeast up the hill on the North Table Loop – you luckily get the most strenuous part of the hike over right away. At the top, continue straight onto the Tilting Mesa Trail and walk across the plateau on the top of the mountain until Mesa Top Trail, where you should pull a left and begin heading back downhill. On my hike, we were lucky enough to hear a band of coyotes howling in the distance and see deer every few minutes for the rest of the hike. At the bottom of the hill, make a left on the North Table Loop and it will take you back to the trailhead.

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