|View towards Lookout Mountain from North Table Mountain|
The mountain is the result of three lava flows that originated from the Ralston Dike located about two miles northwest of the mountain. After centuries of weathering, North Table Mountain has been transformed into an area that contains several different types of habitat. These habitat types include grasslands, shrub communities, lichen rock gardens, riparian, shore and cliff habitat. Although human activity has occurred over the years, it is still considered high-quality habitat and in 1993 the Colorado Natural Heritage Program classified North Table Mountain as one of only twenty-seven Conservation Sites in the County.
-Source: Jefferson County Open Space
|Tilting Mesa trail on North Table Mountain|
|North Table Loop on North Table Mountain|
|View of downtown Denver from North Table Mountain|
While you're hiking in the open space, keep your eye out for the typical front range animals. You may see deer, coyotes and rabbits. Be cautious of snakes, there are occasional rattle snake sightings around North Table Mountain. I make sure my kids stay on the trail! In the spring you may find wildflowers mixed in with the wild grasses. There is also cactus, you can catch it flowering like in the photo below:
|Cactus on North Table Mountain|
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