Elevation: 6,417 ft
GPS: 39.768, -105.218 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 571,123 total · 2,550/month
Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000 with improvements by rob bauer
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
45°F 7°C
76°F - 46°F 24°C - 8°C
Memorial Day
67°F - 40°F 19°C - 4°C
53°F - 36°F 12°C - 2°C
56°F - 40°F 13°C - 4°C
66°F - 44°F 19°C - 7°C
69°F - 46°F 21°C - 8°C
Access Issue: Rim Rock Trail Closure Details


Sitting above Golden, this popular cliff band faces south & west so it makes for comfortable winter/cold weather rock climbing. Most routes here are tightly bolted and generally short (60 foot range), so a 50m rope and 10 quickdraws will be sufficient for most routes. Toproping routes is easy to do, with quick access to the top and bolts just below the top of the cliffs. Be careful though; the rock at the top can be loose in places. Make sure you're safe when setting up said toprope. There is only a single trail leaving from each of the two parking lots, and it takes an obvious course up the hill to the cliffs above. Walking this trail, beware of rattlesnakes in the summer and fall. At the point where the trail meets the cliff, you are on the far right (east) side of the cliffs. Also, this area sees a lot of use and some anchors are being severly worn by people running topropes directly through anchors. If you plan to toprope, please preserve the resources by using quickdraws or 'biners to run the rope through, and whenever possible rap off rather than lowering through the anchors.

Note, as the years have gone by and the popularity of this area has increased, the rock has become polished in places...amazingly so in spots. In particular, warm days will increase this characteristic and leave the infrequent visitor feeling sandbagged at times. Beware.

The climbing access here has been preserved with an amazing cooperation of landowner (Mr. Peery), city of Golden, and organizations like AMC, RMFI, and the Access Fund. The area straddles land owned by Golden and Jefferson County Open Space. Note, the regulations will vary slightly as you cross properties.

There is a dumpster here; however, consider recycling your cans and bottles rather than filling landfills.

Note, with time & popularity, some of the basalt here is getting quite polished, similar to limestone.


There are 4 access points for these crags - the North Table Mountain Park parking lot along CO 93, the Access Fund lots on Peery Parkway, the on ramp area onto CO 58 from Easley Road, and the "blue house" trailhead along Ulysses Way/W 43rd Drive.

On top of the mesa (usually access from the CO 93 lot):

Sea Cliffs of North Quarry
Crater Crag of North Quarry- which is just opposite North Quarry / Pinnacle Area

The sections of crags below the top here L->R:

A. North Quarry / Pinnacle Area
B. The Risk Area
C. Winterfest Wall
D. The Hot Spot Area
E. Winter Warmer Area
F. Twelve Pack Wall
G. Industrial Buttress
H. MBA Buttress
I. Trad Lands
J. Table Top Area
K. Overhang Area
L. Brown Cloud Rocks
M. Child Free Zone (buttresses above & below) - trail comes up below this area.

These areas utilize different parking either off Easley Rd. or Ulysses Way:
N. The Quarry Wall
O. The East Quarry
P. EMF Wall

Getting There

For the bulk of North Table: from the east, take I-70 west to CO Hwy 58. Get off at Boyd St. Go to the 2nd stop sign. Go straight/uphill on Plateau following it briefly as it curves right. Go left and then take the first right onto Peery Pkwy. The sign says "Dead End". Go to the end of the street, continue past the gate. There are 2 lots - the "overflow" to the left and the main lot (with the pit toilet).

From the north, take CO Hwy 93 south to Golden. Just as you enter town, take a left on Washington St. Follow Washington to 1st Street, and take another left. Once across the bridge at the bottom of the hill, take a right on Partridge Cr. Turn left (east) on Ptarmigan St. Ptarmigan St. which will turn into Peery Pkwy.

From the west, take US 6 on to CO 58. Exit Washington St and go south to 7th Ave. Go east to Ford St. Go east (just after crossing under CO 58) on 7th Pl. Go north (left) onto Boyd St. Follow this as it goes uphill and curves right and becomes Plateau Pkwy. Take a left and go uphill on to Peery Pkwy to its end as it also curves right (east).

For the above, follow Perry onto a dirt road that will lead to one of two parking lots. The lower lot has the outhouses. Both lots have trails which head uphill. For reference, the new Access Fund trail comes up to the main cliff just below This Ain't Naturita, Pilgrim in the Overhang Area.

The old parking lot from the '90s has been converted into a home & garden.

For the Crater Crag/North Quarry of North Table and possible the left end of the main cliffs: from the intersection of US 6/CO 58/CO 93, head north. On the right, past Pine Ridge Rd. / Wyoming Cir. will be the North Table Mountain Park parking lot. Head up the gravel road.

For the East Quarry, Quarry Wall, and East Bluffs of East Quarry: see the subareas for directions that utilize the MacIntyre exit off CO 58 and Easley Rd.


Note, there are rattlesnakes here. Occasionally, folks wind up in the ER or ICU ($$$) with envenomations. Watch your dog, too. Use caution!


According to a Jefferson County Open Space ranger, dogs in the Jefferson County Open Space section (Winter Warmer and left and on top of the mesa) should be on leashes.

Update: as of 2/29/12, there were Golden Animal Control officers at the trailhead who were enforcing an apparently new leash law requiring dogs to be on leash. Given they were handing out "free leashes" for now, it suggests this is a new regulation that applies to the overflow lot.

The lower lot, trail, and a good chunk of the land below the main parts of the cliff are owned by the Access Fund. They do not have regulations on leashes.

481 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: North Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs Change
Type:  to 
Sort by:   then:

Classic Climbing Routes at North Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bush Loves Detroit
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Big Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fast Boat to China
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Deck Chairs on the Titanic
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stickin' It To The Man
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Ugly Stick
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Silver Bullet
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Major Bolt Achievement (MBA)
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Frank's Wild Years
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Bullet The Brown Cloud
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Mrs. Hen Places a Peck
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Slap Happy
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Bone Collector aka Bone Crusher
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Deepwater Horizon
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bush Loves Detroit Winterfest Wall
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Big Dihedral Brown Cloud Rocks
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Fast Boat to China Industrial Buttress
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Deck Chairs on the Titanic Brown Cloud Rocks
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Stickin' It To The Man Winter Warmer Area
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ugly Stick Winter Warmer Area
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Bullet Winterfest Wall
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Major Bolt Achievement (MBA) MBA Buttress
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Frank's Wild Years Quarry Wall
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Bullet The Brown Cloud Brown Cloud Rocks
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut Overhang Area
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Mrs. Hen Places a Peck Overhang Area
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Slap Happy E Quarry
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Bone Collector aka Bone Cru… Quarry Wall
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
Deepwater Horizon E Quarry
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
More Classic Climbs in North Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs »

Weather Averages

Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season


Tim Stich
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tim Stich   Colorado Springs, Colorado
Heavy rains in mid July brought a scourge of biting flies to N. Table, which made for some miserable belaying when the winds died down. Bird shit deposits on ledges are also a hazard, as they can be quite deep in places. Look before you grab. Aug 2, 2001
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
If the Winter Warmer area is closed for the birds, like the Access Fund webpage says, someone should put a sign up there about the closure. Feb 17, 2003
The bird closure means that only chickens can climb at Table Mountain. It is climbing-lite. Hardmen will be ticketed for such silliness. Feb 17, 2003
What is the name of the little crag below the Brown Cloud Rocks? It's the first climbable thing you pass on the trail, about forty or fifty feet below the main section of cliff. There are several new routes there, as well as a large roof route that looks to be a few years old. I climbed five of the routes there yesterday (including a really fun squeeze chimney) and had a great time. I'd like to know the names of the routes, and also the story on the big, sharp block that's sticking out of the ground. It's pretty obvious it broke off from the route right above where it lies...I just wonder if it broke off when someone tried to yard on it! Jan 18, 2004
I think you are asking about the Child Free Zone with routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.12. Click on CFZ and you'll get route info and the story on the spike stuck in the dirt. Jan 19, 2004
Here's an idea for all of you who take your dogs up there... it's cool to bring your dog, but for god's sake when they take a crap next to the crags pick it up in a baggie and carry it out. In case you didn't know, this is actually a common courtesy that you should adopt when you take your dog to any public place where lots of people hang out. Hate to be negative on this site, but it's getting ripe up there.You can hardly smell the hops anymore. Jun 10, 2004
Climbed up at Golden Cliffs for my third time tonight. Great last minute, late afternoon crag with lots of fun clip ups. I have used climbing guides all over the globe and I don't mean to come of like a jerk, as I know first hand how hard it is to compile a quality crag guide. Lots of hard work researching, sending, describing, photographing, publishing, funding, etc. Although, if you are considering purchasing the Falcon guide to Golden Cliffs, think again and save your cash... Absolutely worthless! Myself and four other groups at the cliff that had climbed there much more than myself shared the popular opinion that this guide was useless. The two other times I was there I watched people staring at the cliffs stumble back and fourth with this guide wondering where they were. Out of fairness to the guide and it's contributers who I respect and apreciate their efforts to the fullest, it was compiled in 1997 and many new routes have been added. But there are no route descriptions, just names and grades. This leaves a book full of pictures of various frames of rock that all look the same with no written descriptions for a user to gain a bearing and decipher one route from the next. Aug 23, 2004
Poor guides is another unfortunate drawback to grid bolted cliffs. It is difficult to distinguish independent lines when bolts are lees than 5 ft apart. My advice, start climbing up any route, if it gets too hard, move 6-12 inches either direction and continue clipping. Aug 24, 2004
The first time I came to this area, I thought it was the biggest pile of crap I'd ever touch.

But as I go back & back again, this place grows on me. It's unique featured vertical faces & sculptured holds makes this an area worth practicing various grades to apply to trad lines. Overall, a good place to kick back & work on better climbing moves. Mar 1, 2006
Jim Gloeckler
Denver, Colo.
Jim Gloeckler   Denver, Colo.
There is a bad anchor at the top of Chunky Monkey. We marked the bottom with an X and the words bad anchor. Hope this helps! Nov 7, 2006
Dale D
Boulder, CO
Dale D   Boulder, CO
Anyone know what the bolted route is to the right of Pack O Bob's. A low crux (5.8ish) at the second bolt to gain a short slab and then a fun jug haul. There are two blocks sitting on the ledge at the top where the anchor is. I would like to add the route to the database.



Thank you,

Dale Sep 11, 2007
Laura Pyle
Evergreen, CO
Laura Pyle   Evergreen, CO
There is a short bolted route (3 bolts plus anchors) to the right of (as you face the rock) and around the corner from Table Manners. It's a shallow crack that looks good but is not as good as I would have liked. Does anyone know what this is?

Laura Oct 16, 2007
Santa Monica, Ca.
YDPL8S   Santa Monica, Ca.
Is it Bad Manners you're asking about, or maybe Dan's line? Oct 16, 2007
Matt Richardson
Longmont, CO
Matt Richardson   Longmont, CO  
It's been probably four years since the first time I went to this crag - about the same time that Christian put up his note - and I have to agree that the Hubbel and Schovajsa Flacon guide to the place is one of the most worthless guides I have purchased. I don't go up there much, but each time I do I spend the first 20 minutes trying to figure out where the hell I am. Adding to the absurdity of the situation is that almost everyone I pass seems to be alternately staring at the guide and the rock with the same puzzled expression that I have. And even though the cliff is grid bolted, I still think that you can put together a reasonable guide (this isn't the only area that is).

It must be the way these guys think, but it seems totally backwards, the photos are totally ambiguous (they all seem to look the same and seem massively underexposed) and (as Christian pointed out) there are absolutely no route descriptions. This guide is not worth the paper it is printed on and I hope that someone is putting together a new one (maybe with some color - or at least better photos)...until then, I will probably continue to wander around, looking for someone who knows the area better than me... Nov 10, 2007
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
My wife and I just installed about $300 worth of winch hooks and quick links on anchors up at Golden Cliffs, just like the hardware found on every route in the Owens River Gorge. Go ahead and just clip in to lower and top rope. Wear is not really an issue. Most hooks came from Golden's Home Depot, so they will be easy to replace. The introduction page for Overhang Area has more details and a picture. Dec 21, 2007
Ben Schneider
Westminster, CO
Ben Schneider   Westminster, CO
I have just finished the manuscript for a new Golden Cliffs guidebook! Expect to see this comprehensive, full color photography guidebook in shops early this fall. I've climbed 100% of the routes there in an effort to make the book as accurate as possible. However, I'm still looking for FA info that hasn't already been posted here. Also, if you've got any great action photos you think might be a good addition to the book, send 'em my way. Let me know if you have any questions or inquiries. Mar 30, 2008
Thank you Ken and Marsha for your endless effort at making the Cliffs a fun and convenient place to climb!! Apr 2, 2008
Ben Schneider
Westminster, CO
Ben Schneider   Westminster, CO
The new Table guidebook will be available as of Friday, November 28th! "North Table Mountain: Rock Climbs at the Golden Cliffs." It should be available for purchase Friday morning at Neptune Mountaineering (Boulder) and Wilderness Exchange (Denver). Bent Gate will also be selling it, but they won't have if for sale until Friday afternoon or Sunday at the earliest. This is our first book for our new publishing company (Fixed Pin Publishing -fixedpin.com) so please let me know what you think! We're super excited and think everyone will love the new book. Here's a few of the highlights: 100% comprehensive sport and trad, the new "South Quarry" area is included, 100% color description photographs, 10% of the profits will be donated to the Access Fund (the property owners) and an innovative navigation banner to help you figure out where the heck you are. Also, we chose to try to start our business with environmentally and socially responsibly printing practices, choosing to print domestically via sustainable printing and harvesting practices. See the inside cover of the book for more details.... Nov 27, 2008
M Lindfors
Highlands Ranch
M Lindfors   Highlands Ranch
Killer guidebook, Ben! Mar 15, 2009
Mark Rolofson
Boulder, CO
Mark Rolofson   Boulder, CO
As of September 10, 2010, I just released a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" to North Table Mountain that retails for $20.00. It includes the popular Golden Cliffs and all the new routes in the four quarries. This quarry route information to the Sea Cliffs, Crater Crag, East Quarry plus sport routes at South Quarry is avialble in no other guidebook. The guide also has the only available information to the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole.

This guide has a color cover 144 pages with 46 black & white photos, topo drawing and maps.

As for the Golden Cliffs the book goes from right to left. Starting with the first cliff you come to on the approach trail being the Child Free Zone and ending at the Risk Area. This is the opposite from Ben Schneider & Jason Haas's guide to goes from the north and work south and east (backwards). I think this is very useful. Also the map of the area is much improved. The approach information to the South Quarry and Pinnacle Area shows a better trail or boadbed. Even if you have the beautiful color guide, I think my guide will prove very useful with year round climbing possibilities near Golden. Oct 1, 2010
Wheat Ridge
Kiul   Wheat Ridge
HELMETS! Was at Brown Cloud on Tuesday and saw a softball-sized rock come from where nobody was climbing. It landed about twenty feet away from my belayer. At the parking lot, I was informed by a girl that she saw a dude huck the rock off the top. She claimed to have yelled at him. Remember, not all hikers know that we are climbing down there. cheers Mar 3, 2011
Alex A  
WTF, will the morons with the MAGIC MARKS leave them at home. There is a good guidebook, we do not need the routes grade and # on the cliff in magic marker, Graffiti. Mar 11, 2011
Keith H. North
Englewood, CO
Keith H. North   Englewood, CO

Whoever is marking the bottom of the climbs, this is not acceptable outside, that stays at the gym. This crag is so commonly used to bring beginners into our sport, it would be good if it could show a better example. When I was leaving the crag today, I saw a banana peel left on the ground and a used chalk ball.... Guys, please, can we make it seem that we're a little more mature?

Other note: Anyone got any ideas on how to get the markings off the wall? My first thought was power washer, but that seems a little impractical :). Mar 20, 2011
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
By the comment above, I'd take it that it is magic marker?
In that case, rubbing alcohol and some cloth will probably do the trick.
If I climbed there, I'd take care of it myself, but I don't. Mar 21, 2011
Denver, CO
Eckhard   Denver, CO
Sadly, the "marker" looks a bit more like a paint pen. Having not been to the cliffs in 2 years, it was a shame to see some MORON'S "handy" work disgracing the crag. This IDIOT should be shot for not following Leave No Trace ethics. If such an Insult to the crag wasn't enough, the climbs are miss labeled or not including at all. TOTAL IDIOT!! YOU SHOULD QUIT CLIMBING!!!! Apr 3, 2011
Does anyone know what the authhority of the Golden officials is within this property? The land is private property owned by the Access Fund; however it is open to the public. So, is this land the same as someone's backyard where a dog is not required to be leashed, or is it in a diferent status? Also, the Access Fund can set whatever requirements they choose above the city requirements too. Mar 2, 2012
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
I spoke with the Access Fund folks today about land ownership and dogs.

The net of it is that the overflow lot where the animal control folks were is not owned by the Access Fund. The lower lot is owned by the Access Fund. The trail and a good chunk of the land under the normal cliffs to somewhere near the Winter Warmer/Fence area is owned by the Access Fund. The area to the left (Winter Warmer area and left) and the top of the mesa are owned by Jefferson County Open Space.

The Access Fund doesn't have regulations regarding dogs and leashes. However, they said, if/when in doubt, place your dog on a leash so as to avoid a ticket, since the property boundaries are not always clearly indicated.

JeffCo OS has regulations about having dogs on leases. I spoke with Mike Morin about this.

Apparently Golden must have some regulation about dogs on leashes now. Mar 2, 2012
Chris Bartram
Orono, ME
Chris Bartram   Orono, ME
I'm moving out to Colorado in April and am looking to climb asap. Is climbing possible in Golden in April? What is the camping situation like in Golden? Good guide? Feb 5, 2013
Adam Peters
Salt Lake City, Utah
Adam Peters   Salt Lake City, Utah
There is only one real camping option IN Golden and that is the RV park along Clear Creek near the Community Center. The other "nearby" camping is Golden Gate State Park about 15 miles into the foothills. One drawback to the traveling climber in this area is the camping. There is a Wal-Mart on I-70 in Wheatridge, but other than that you've gotta be stealthy in and around town. Good luck.

Yes, there is climbing. Clear Creek Canyon is the best local option, N. Table Mtn. is your closest second option, but it gets sun all day and is just okay. There are guides and they can be found at Bent Gate Mountaineering on Washington St. in Golden. Feb 6, 2013
Chris Gamble
Morrison, CO
Chris Gamble   Morrison, CO
[3/11/13] There is a large boulder, I believe near Interface at the Brown Cloud area, that is very unstable. There is a larger, flat boulder climber's right of it at the base of the wall. We drew three large chalk Xs on it to signify its danger. It nearly fell on me today, along with plenty of rockfall behind it. It may be further west of the Brown Cloud area, but we clearly marked it. Mar 11, 2013
Jason .J.
Lakewood, CO
Jason .J.   Lakewood, CO
Quit peeing at the base of the cliff! There is a bathroom at the lower lot, go before getting up there. It does not make for a fun experience to be climbing with the odor of piss everywhere. Just because you aren't climbing that route doesn't mean someone else won't be!! Aug 4, 2014
I climbed there twice a couple weeks ago. There are lots of rusty bolts and anchors and hangers. Lots of spinners, etc. Not sure if there is someone I should contact to replace them or how that even works really. I also don't know who cares, I do because it's rusty old bolts that are keeping people alive for now. Jan 17, 2018
Mark Roth
Mark Roth   Boulder

I'm planning to replace some bolts. If you know of routes that you would like to see fixed, list them in that thread.... Mar 5, 2018
Aaron Furman
Eldorado Springs, CO
Aaron Furman   Eldorado Springs, CO
I was walking the rim on Sunday, looking to do some TR solos and I noticed several (about 15+) stone cairn markers placed above the more popular routes on the wall(s). I asked a few of the people I saw, and apparently climbers are placing them above the routes that they want to drop a line in on (TR solos or raps). I was amazed! This is so dangerous! I mean they were built directly above the areas where belayers would stand. I took most of them down out of fear of a strong wind, I honestly couldn't believe this was happening. Sorry if you built the structures, but this is SO VERY DANGEROUS! YOU COULD KILL SOMEONE BELOW!!!! Jul 2, 2018