Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Friday, August 17, 2012

Golden Hills Road Trailhead Loop, South Table Mountain Park

Golden Hills Road Trailhead Loop
South Table Mountain Park

Date Hiked: August 17, 2012

Distance: 1.3 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 200ft
Elevation Max: 6,148ft
Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space
Fee: None

Golden Hills Road Trailhead Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  From Denver take I-70 west to the Denver West/CO Mills exit and turn right, towards S. Table Mountain.  Make a left (west) on Denver West Parkway which becomes Golden Hills Road after Quaker Street.  The trailhead and small parking area will be on your right.

If you are looking for a quick and easy loop in an open space close to Denver, then this may be just the hike for you.  The Loop explores the central portion of S. Table Mountain with just minimal elevation gain.  From the trailhead head straight towards the cliffs.  The trail will get steep just for a few minutes as it climbs up to the mesa top.  Once on top you'll intersect with a larger trail.  Turn left and follow this trail to the west with great views of Mt. Morrison and the foothills.  Before too long, you'll see a trail branch off to the left, take this trail towards Green Mountain.  This trail will break through the cliffs and head back down to the parking area.  All in all this is a quick way to explore S. Table Mountain and there are many options for longer hikes on the mesa.  Once you're on the mesa it's difficult to remember that you are only about 15 min west of the city, it truly feels like wide open spaces...

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