Situated just outside the picturesque city of Golden in Colorado, Table Mountain Loop offers a gratifying mix of natural beauty and athletic challenge. With a distance of 10 miles and deemed suitable for intermediate-level cyclists, this loop trail alternates between doubletrack and singletrack. The ride is not just about scaling heights and cruising down; it also keeps you alert with technical sections. What's even more appealing? A hidden waterfall awaits near the top.
To reach the trail, take CO-93 north from Golden towards Boulder. A well-marked parking area lies on the right side of Hwy 93. Though parking is ample, the lot fills up quickly, especially during weekends. Check the trailhead kiosk for a map, as the signage still leaves a bit to be desired.
Primarily an intermediate-level trail, Table Mountain Loop provides a diverse range of experiences. While it offers an excellent introduction to Colorado’s stunning bike trails for beginners, even seasoned riders find some sections, notably the rocky climbs, challenging.
This trail is popular, not just among cyclists, but also hikers and runners. So expect to run into someone every 3-4 minutes, particularly on weekdays after 5 PM. Always be courteous and maintain a safe speed, especially around blind corners.
Table Mountain Loop is not just a trail; it’s a medley of what makes mountain biking in Colorado a lifetime experience. Whether you’re pedaling to stay fit or explore, you'll find something to enjoy here. Happy riding!