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East and a little South of Downtown Golden, South Table Mountain can
easily be identified by its famous "Castle Rock" feature visible
on it's Northwest side. North Table Mountain on the other hand is north
of Clear Creek and Hwy 58.
There are many mixed terrain options when riding over South Table Mountain,
but the best circle route probably starts in the Applewood neighborhood,
accessing the trailhead at Old Quarry Road. This trailhead provides
single track to the mesa's top. Once on top one can ride south and then
down to NREL, circling back to Old Quarry Road for a nice short mixed
Or once on top, one can head West on single and double track to the
back side of the Castle Rock feature. The second trail to the South
can be descended, but some hiking is likely. Even further South are
ridable trails into the residential neighborhoods north of Old Golden
Once down, follow the pavement on 13th which turns into 32nd. 32nd is
a popular training route for road cyclists and is located to the North
of South Table Mountain. Follow 32nd Kendrick Street, turn South back
towards South Table Mountain. Kendrick turns right or West just before
the mountain and heads to Rolling Hills Country Club. Just before the
Country Club's gate there's a Jefferson County Open Space trail heading
South up the mountain to a flat trail and abandoned agricultural ditch.
Follow this flat trail East back to the original Old Quarry Road Trailhead.
Of course this route can be done in reverse. Either way, it's a great
mixed terrain route close to metro Denver that's ridable nearly all
year around. However, be careful on top of the mesa. There are several
single and double track options with land ownership unmarked.
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