Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Lichen Peak, North Table Mountain Park
North Table Mountain Park
Date Hiked: April 21, 2015
Distance: 1.7 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 571ft
Elevation Min/Max: 6,013 to 6,560ft
Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space
North Table Mountain Park Website
Directions: From Denver, take I-70 west to Hwy 58 west to Golden. Make a right (north) on 93. Head north through the shopping center, the parking area and trailhead will be on your right.
The hike up to Lichen Peak is a short but steep hike directly up to the highest point on North Table Mountain. The trail starts out from the parking area along an old dirt road. Resist the urge to take the side trails and continue up the steep road. The views up and down the Golden Valley are wonderful from this trail. Once you reach the mesa top, you'll see the quarry climbing area on the right and a trail intersection ahead. Proceed straight on the Tilted Mesa Trail for just a few steps, the Lichen Peak trail will be on your left. This easy, well maintained trail leads up through the lichen covered volcanic rock garden up some steps to the rocky summit. The views from the trail and the summit are nothing short of spectacular. The peak gives you a grand overview of North Table Mountain and views stretching north to the Boulder Mountains, Indian Peaks, and Longs Peak, and south to Pike's Peak in the distance.
When you are finished admiring the view, retrace your steps. There are numerous options for longer hikes on the Mesa Top, but the most direct route back down is along the road you hiked up.