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02 July 2019

Jeffco Open Space: North Table Mountain

Jefferson County, otherwise known as Jeffco Open Space, was founded in 1972 by Plan Jeffco and The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County. These organizations proposed a unique concept to the Board of County Commissioners to preserve the scenic vistas and open lands within the county; helping to ensure land conservation, stewardship of open space, parklands, and access for public enjoyment.

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Jefferson County, otherwise known as Jeffco Open Space, was founded in 1972 by Plan Jeffco and The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County. These organizations proposed a unique concept to the Board of County Commissioners to preserve the scenic vistas and open lands within the county; helping to ensure land conservation, stewardship of open space, parklands, and access for public enjoyment. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, Jeffco Open Space contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 56,000 acres, and manages 28 open space parks and more than 244 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado. 

Based on a pilot program conducted in 2018, JeffCo Open Space adopted a permanent policy to allow all Class 1 eMTB’s on natural surface trails within the park. One notable area found in JeffCo is North Table Mountain, an area formed 60 million years ago by Lava. 

Today you can enjoy 15+ miles of trails as well as rock climbing on some challenging routes and 360 degree panoramic views.

New to the area, we planned our route the night before on TrailForks. Starting at the west entrance and going clockwise around the mountain aboard the STEPs powered Pivot Shuttles. We were greeted by a lot of hikers as this is a multi-use trail, so we rode cautiously while taking in the views of downtown Boulder. 

 

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Our Route was North table loop to table rock, cottonwood canyon, up water tower and back to the parking lot. We finished the ride at 9.7 miles with 1,407 elevation gained in about an hour ride time. It’s exciting to know that we can do such a fun loop when on a time crunch! 

 

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