Climbing at North Table Mountain
North Table Mountains is one of the Colorado front range’s many, many areas to spend a day climbing. Routes are on a basalt escarpment overlooking the town of Golden and, perhaps more importantly, the Coors brewery. The crag offers great views of downtown Denver and the plains beyond and gets all day sun, making it perfect in the winter.
We stopped by for a day’s climbing in June and it got hot fast. Nonetheless, the ease of access and fun climbing meant that we weren’t the only ones braving the heat. The popularity means that some of the climbs, especially in the easier grades are becoming polished, but don’t let that deter you, North Table Mountain still offers some great climbs.
This area is also a perfect success story for climber access. The land was originally private, owned by a Mr. Peery. Peery became a fan of climbing and enjoyed the fact that climber’s were using his land and, despite objections from the nearby suburban homeowners, gave some of his land, including access trails and the crags to the public to ensure continued access. Lands are now maintained by the city, the county and the Access Fund and there’s even a pit toilet at the parking area. Fancy!
North Table Mountain is covered in in the Rock Climbing Colorado Falcon Guide. Check out the crag and stop by Coors for a free tour and tasting when you’re done.