Mesa Top and Cottonwood Canyon Loop

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North Table Mountain Park

Mesa Top and Cottonwood Canyon Loop is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Length4.3 miElevation gain780 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningViewswild-flowers
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Loralin Hanks
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incredible hike, not too difficult, perfect sunshine

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Damon Scott
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Muddy in spots but a great little hike on a beautiful day! Awesome views of downtown

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Brad Rose
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William Silvia
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muddy in spots, no need for spikes though.

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Jenica Sounart
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windy and you gotta share the trail with lots of bikers, but so worth it!!

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Ruby Cashell
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Fun snowy hike. Very windy on the top (had to brace during some of the gusts). We didn't have micro spikes or snow shoes but both would be useful during different sections. On the top with the wind and snow we had zero idea where the trail was but there's cell service so we used Google maps satilite to figure it out. We went on 2/19 and was almost empty being a weekday. We used the tiny parking area off of Easley right by the trailhead. Would recommend.

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Martín García
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heavy bike trail but plenty of fun for all

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Max Hass
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HikingGreat!No shade

Note: the directions linked for this trail bring you to the larger parking lot at the Tony Grampasas Sports Complex - there's a short access trail that brings you up to a smaller parking lot on Easley Rd, directly across the street from the trailhead. I got to the Easley parking lot at 7:30 on a Thursday. Room for 8 cars but only 3 others were here. Only saw 5 other people the entire time (walkers/runners, no bikes), and most were near trailhead. Take Lithic up to meet the North Table Loop. If you go left (clockwise), you'll hit switchbacks about 1/2 mile in. When you start turning west into Cottonwood Canyon, about 0.1-0.2 before the Cottonwood Canyon trail splits off, the wind picked up dramatically (directly out if the west and through the canyon). Probably took 10 degrees or so off if the "feels like" temperature. With a hat and enough layers you'll be comfortable (though your face might get a little cold). Most of the CC trail was windy, and it stayed windy at the top of the mesa. Saw a few deer grazing along the way. You turn right onto Mesa Top trail in the middle of the mesa, and that brings you back down along the northeast corner of the mesa until you hit the North Table loop again. Between the top edge of the mesa until you reach North Table Loop, Mesa Top trail is pretty rugged and has what would be a pretty good climb if you were doing this loop in reverse (counter clockwise). Most of the trail surface throughout the loop is pretty mild, packed dirt with a few rocks here and there. No snow on the trail at all, and almost no mud. Safe enough to take your eyes off the trail and admire the cliffs (definitely more interesting than the view of the Coors plant below). Bummer that the Rim Rock trail is already closed until July 31, but will definitely be coming back to explore this mountain many more times.

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Tatiana Filpi
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Great- lots of mountain bikers but to be expected on a Sunday when it’s 50 out in Golden! Was a great work out. Definitely recommend clockwise so you do the switchbacks up!

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Brittany Marquez
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David Cassin
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Jordan Marcon
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Great trail!

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Rich Karbowiak
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Great trail, good conditions today

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Adri Ko
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Very crowded. Lots of mountain bikers.

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Collin Knoploh
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Ariel Dellinger
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I’d say more easy. Not very busy, but keep an eye out for bikers. For most of the trial it’s pretty easy to spot them when you turn around to check, but there are a few hidden switchbacks where they sneak up on you

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Joel Contreras
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Juan Maez
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Jake Pescaia
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Had a nice time, beautiful sunny weather. This trail is easy with some nice views of Denver/surrounding areas. There’s a lot of bikers on the trail so watch out for those.

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Adri G.
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Nick Cassaro
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No snow, lots of sun. Perfect for a warm winter day!

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Sheva Sureya
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Great sunrise hike!!! So many good places to see it rise

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Scott Trotter
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Great trail with a little bit of elevation right outside of town. Lots of mountain bikers.

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Marc F
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not crowded today. No mud.

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John List
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Noelle Albert
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Great, gradual incline if you go counterclockwise. Views were great. Walkers be prepared to stop every couple of minutes to let a cyclist go by.

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Ivy George
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1-6-21--Easy Peacy trail.. fun winter day, perfect trail for a 50° day as there are NO shade on this trail. Very dry today.

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Debbie Miller
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Nice trail. Lots of mountain bikers out today.

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