South Table Mountain Park
Date Hiked: November 3, 2012
- Distance: 1.8 mi (RT)
- Elevation Gain: 500ft
- Elevation Max: 6,329ft
- Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space/City of Golden
- Fee: None
Lubahn Trail Map (Google Maps)
NOTE: THIS TRAIL MAY HAVE BEEN CLOSED BY JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN SPACE, CHECK SIGNS AT THE TRAILHEAD OR THE WEBSITE
Directions: The trailhead is located in downtown Golden, on Table Drive between 18th and 19th Streets. Be sure to pay attention to the parking signs at both the Trailhead and on the street. There is limited parking.
The Lubahn Trail is a wonderful short but steep loop that take you up the western slopes of S. Table Mountain and up to Castle Rock, the prominent land feature towering over Golden and the Coors Brewery.
From the small parking area, take the trail that leads south switchbacking up S. Table Mountain. There are some social trails leading down into the neighborhoods below, but keep heading uphill and you should find your way. As you near the cliffs, the trail will find a weak point and deposit you on top of the mesa. From here the trail leads back north towards the impressive Castle Rock. There are many more trails up here in the mesa top so explore as you wish. Keep heading north and the trail will lead to cement steps climbing up to the top of Castle Rock. The views from the top are outstanding. You can look down on Golden and the Brewery and north to N. Table Mountain and the foothills or south along the foothills leading down to Douglas County. Be careful on the rocky cliffs but enjoy your time up here. There used to be a tram leading to a lodge at the top but it's long been dismantled, you can still find some ruins as a reminder of Colorado History.
When you are satisfied with the view head down but instead of going the way you came, look for a closer trail leading down the gully. This is the Lubahn Trail and it will switchback down the gully straight to your car.