Ascent of South Table Mountain on 2017-03-18

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Table Mountain
    Elevation:6330 ft / 1929 m

Ascent Trip Report

Picked Karen up to do the Denver Home show to see about buidling a house out in CO. After home show, we did a quick hike and I had saved this one for her as quick nice ascent to see views of Golden and the campus of Colorado School of Mines and grat view of downtown Denver to the East. It was unseasonably hot 80F at the car, perhaps a bit cooler at the plateau but still hot.

Could not find parking on the aerials and did not want it to be too long of hike for Karen since she had sneakers with no socks, so after studying the maps we found the trail off Rimrock Drive and there was plenty of legal curbside parking. The main road trail is technically on private lands and signed no tresspasing but locals have created some use paths in and around the "trail" which appears to be more of a maintenance gravel road to some utility station just up the hill. We hiked around the private property using the use trails but we saw at least 20 or so local people from the area using the maintenance road including bikers so apparently the sign is more for liability than anything.

Quickly the trail/road becomes a trail and ascends the plateau on the open space lands. The hike is relatively flat to the peak but the up and clsoe view of the castle rock formation is something that will draw you on. Locals use the top like crazy...hikers, dog walker, lots of trail bikers and of course trail joggers. It appeared that the trails to the peak and to castle rock are not in the public space lands but the trails go to each and everybody on the mesa goes up them so.... again despite the map view showing private lands, it appears to be open for hiking. Seeing concrete steps aiding the ascent of Castle Rock further gives the impression it is OK to hike up the backside. Over 30 people visited the top of Castle Rock while we were there but nobody but us tagged the true summit of South Table Mountain so I guess we were the only peakbaggers out there today. The view of the Coors Beer Manufacturing plant is surreal below you while on the cliff edge of Castle Rock

The round trip was 3 miles from where we started BUT we saw a really agressive route that you can hike up a swtich back route that starts below Castle Rock at Belvedere Street. This route gains the 400 or so feet in less than half mile and there appeared to be good curbside parking there although it looked like it was in subdivision whereas Rimrock is along a curbed stretch of road with no houses so you are not intruding. It appeared that the majority of the hikers (80% or more) where climbing up this more intense route. Duly noted for next time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:555 ft / 169 m
    Total Elevation Loss:165 ft / 49 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:555 ft / 169 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 470 ft / 143 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Loss on way in:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Trail from Rimrock Dr and then stayed left
    Start Trailhead:Rimrock Drive  5860 ft / 1786 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:Saddle between peaks  6250 ft / 1905 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-4

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Green Mountain2017-03-16 a1596 ft / 486 m
2Flagstaff Mountain2017-03-16 b302 ft / 92 m
2North Table Mountain-Quarry Peak2017-03-17 B53 ft / 16 m
3Sugarloaf Mountain2017-03-16 c476 ft / 145 m
6Mount Zion2017-03-17 F379 ft / 116 m
10North Table Mountain2017-03-17 A570 ft / 174 m
14Centennial South Peak2017-03-17 C1215 ft / 370 m
14(Attempt) Centennial Cone2017-03-17 D500 ft / 152 m
15Peak 78142017-03-17 E584 ft / 178 m
17Peak 71602017-03-17 G220 ft / 67 m
18Lookout Mountain2017-03-17 H94 ft / 29 m
19Colorow Hill2017-03-17 I300 ft / 91 m
20South Table Mountain2017-03-18 J555 ft / 169 m
21Castle Rock2017-03-18 K154 ft / 47 m
22Peak 71602017-03-18 L280 ft / 85 m
24Lookout Mountain2017-03-18 M54 ft / 16 m
30Mount Glennon2017-03-19 M973 ft / 297 m
Total Trip Gain: 8305 ft / 2530 m    Total Trip Loss: 5896 ft / 1796 m

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