Ascent of South Table Mountain on 2017-03-18
|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 ReportPicked 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|
| 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|
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 8305 ft / 2530 m Total Trip Loss: 5896 ft / 1796 m
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