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    North Table Mountain: The Movie

    A tribute to my backyard, six years in the making.

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    I like it! good capture of the cool lighting in the AM as well as PM. it would have been cool to get some of the old now closed sections on there too, my favorite is the rim farthest west, near the black hole pit and the one that winds down to the south. Im getting up there every other day or so, when do you ride it most often?

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    Nicely done! You guys amaze me with what you're putting together these days. I can't even be bothered to stop and take snapshots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin_Cup View Post
    I like it! good capture of the cool lighting in the AM as well as PM. it would have been cool to get some of the old now closed sections on there too, my favorite is the rim farthest west, near the black hole pit and the one that winds down to the south. Im getting up there every other day or so, when do you ride it most often?
    I have plenty of photos from the old trails. It's my fault for waiting six years to finally shoot video of NTM.

    I start at my house on the North side (the bridge in the opening), stay low and head to the west service road. Once up there I just ride figure 8's or circles until I am tired, then down the waterfall and back around. I did check out the new stuff. Interesting trail building technique (pour gravel on grass and flatten). Looks like some cool stuff when it gets to the valley. We shall see.

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    Good job!

    Deja vu, just finished my loop an hour ago. Nicely done.

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    Always impressed with your photography and cinematography. Good work

    I still haven't ridden here. Maybe I need to go check it out.
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    Just curious Schnauz and others, do most of you go straight up the road?

    Since I'm starting from the Golden parking lot I always take the singletrack that winds around the watertower and meets up with the main road 2/3rds of the way up. Or at least until they close the little access trail now that I am 8 feet away from riding the damn thing clean. But even after they close the little access trail I would think I will still take the dirt road off the main road that connects over to the watertower singletrack. If for no other reason then it gives a little break in the climbing and it's singletrack and that can never be a worse option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobGolden View Post
    Just curious Schnauz and others, do most of you go straight up the road?

    Since I'm starting from the Golden parking lot I always take the singletrack that winds around the watertower and meets up with the main road 2/3rds of the way up. Or at least until they close the little access trail now that I am 8 feet away from riding the damn thing clean. But even after they close the little access trail I would think I will still take the dirt road off the main road that connects over to the watertower singletrack. If for no other reason then it gives a little break in the climbing and it's singletrack and that can never be a worse option.
    I could be wrong, but I think the piece of singletrack you take is City of Golden property. I start from my house, which is in Tablerock. Before they built the new trail on the lower north, I used to climb up the north access road. Now, I swing around and take the west access road. I have never climbed up the waterfall and I don't think you could even pay me to do it.

    If I am not lazy and because the patrol log is in the restrooms, I end up riding the new trail three times to log in and log out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers View Post
    I could be wrong, but I think the piece of singletrack you take is City of Golden property. I start from my house, which is in Tablerock.

    I have never climbed up the waterfall and I don't think you could even pay me to do it.
    Its certainly City of Golden property, but I know a guy and think I could get you cleared to use it if you would like, hell your mail says Golden on it doesn't it?

    I know I'm at least a little curious about climbing up the waterfall area, not saying I'm going to try it anytime soon, but I am curious. I'm sure XCGuy will come along and tell us how to do it

    Thanks for the video and the patrol work you do

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    So is this waterfall climb the one that is steep as sh*t when you do north table loop into mesa top trail clockwise? Cause that was an intense pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorro View Post
    So is this waterfall climb the one that is steep as sh*t when you do north table loop into mesa top trail clockwise? Cause that was an intense pitch.
    No, the waterfall is on the east. It would actually be shorter to climb that way, but then you lose the singletrack descent. The waterfall is just a straight fall line plunge to the east. Probably the most poorly planned trail in JeffCo, but it's fun. The first year I was out here I was terrified of the thing. When it's wet or icy it's dicey.

    The service road (north) is steeper over a longer distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers View Post
    <snip> Probably the most poorly planned trail in JeffCo,
    I bet is started out as not a "planned" trail at all... I could be wrong...

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    bob, you should try avoiding the road sometime to "mix it up" and take the new trail around the west side to the north climb (above table rock). from there do whatever, descend the water fall and back around the north to the west side.

    the water fall "up" isn't necessarily steeper (in fact probably less grade), but just super chunky and rocky.

    sadly, the fun line down the waterfall has been relegated to the more popular (and less wet) easier line to the right.

    IMBA/COMBA built some new trail at the bottom of the east side, which at some point (maybe already happened) will be gone over again w/ a sweco and machine-cut finished to replace the social/game trail.
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    Fun!

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    I really enjoyed the movie. Thanks.

    NTM or NoTaMo as I like to call it is my "local" hill as well. I ride there 3-4 times per week, mostly on M-F. It's a great place to go during the work week for a good 1 hour workout at lunch or in the evening. In fact, I was there last night.

    If I'm doing my quick lunch time route, I start at the small trail head on the north side on W58th and then I go around clockwise, up the waterfall. I swear I have cleaned the super-steep part immediately adjacent to the waterfall 3 times in the last 5 years. Only one time did I have a witness tho. Knowing that I've done in the past keeps me trying.

    I love this mountain and your video did it justice.

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    NTM is in my backyard and we ride there a fair bit. If you ever see a tandem mtb up there, it's likely my wife and I. Had the chance to experience a couple of sunrises this week from up there and it was outstanding (sorry, no pics). Looking forward to the opening of new singletrack on the South/Souteast side.

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    As a former resident from apple meadows- sadly ive never ridden here- but appears worthy of my time.

    may just have to venture out more!

    Schnauz- nicely done vid
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    As a former resident from apple meadows- sadly ive never ridden here- but appears worthy of my time.

    may just have to venture out more!

    Schnauz- nicely done vid
    Thank you. I wouldn't make a special trip for NTM. At most you'll get 7 miles.

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    Nice vid. Like the track... "Jem" if I'm not mistaken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leepatrick33 View Post
    Nice vid. Like the track... "Jem" if I'm not mistaken?


    You are correct. Thanks.

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    Good Video. Well Done.

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    Thanks for spotlighting NTM!

    Nice video which shows off NTM while practicing soft riding. NTM is one of my favorite areas to hike and bike. Like another world up there. I hope the now-closed trail from the top of the Rim Trail (seasonally closed) down to the top of the waterfall on the east side gets some JCOS attention and is eventually reopened.

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    Nice

    I rode the NTM loop TH evening. Great video. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGeezer View Post
    Nice video which shows off NTM while practicing soft riding. NTM is one of my favorite areas to hike and bike. Like another world up there. I hope the now-closed trail from the top of the Rim Trail (seasonally closed) down to the top of the waterfall on the east side gets some JCOS attention and is eventually reopened.

    Thanks.

    The trail will be reopened in July. It's closed for raptor nesting (not that I have ever seen a nest on that side, but oh well).

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    I couldnt resist taking the southern trail the other day, there are no closed signs, so I didn't feel to bad about it. I was amazed by the perspective of riding along the south ridge line with teh cliffs to my left. There is a fork about a mile down the canyon, I took the left route for the first time. It wound up close to the cliffs, then down and back upt hte second canyon. I had to hike here and there, but it was pretty interesting terrain. I did pop out into the back of a closed sign, but iif jeffco started it on the otherside, surely they'll let people finish out the loop eventually. pretty cool way to see the golden valley and the cliffs from that altitude.


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    I'm confused. What's the "normal" way to ride NTM? I was planning to start at the TH off of 93. Which direction do most people start? counter-clockwise or clockwise?

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    counter-clockwise with some figure 8 at the top until the new trail is finished.

    Just a word of advice... beware of HEAT. If it's 90 at the bottom, it will be hotter at the top. Especially, today and tomorrow. Oh, and there is no shade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop the Seat View Post
    I'm confused. What's the "normal" way to ride NTM? I was planning to start at the TH off of 93. Which direction do most people start? counter-clockwise or clockwise?
    My 50 minute-hour loop is go up the road at the 93TH (N. Table Loop), left at top onto Tilting Mesa Trail to about halfway NE across the mesa where you take a right on Mesa Top Trail which takes down past the waterfall and back onto N. Table Loop for a fast rolling close to your loop around the northern base of the mesa.

    Looking forward to them finishing up the N. Table Loop all the way around, it will be nice to break up the morning habit.

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    Yeah may not be up there for a while. Thanks for the info. It looks fun!

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    BAD NEWS NTM junkies. I rode the standard c-clockwise loop and was bummed to find that the fun little singletrack from the golden city parking lot to the gravel road was BLOCKED, soon to be closed for good. my heart sank as its one of my favorite little challenges before the main gravel grind. its completely chopped up, they've planted little grass patches in the middle of the singletrack and put logs and rocks across the other areas. DAMMIT! oh well, looks like we'll be riding more sanitized gravel up to the top now. Schnauz, XcGuy, BobGolden, have you seen the new closure? not too happy about it. Im writing to what's-her-name again and letting her know that closure is pointless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin_Cup View Post
    BAD NEWS NTM junkies. I rode the standard c-clockwise loop and was bummed to find that the fun little singletrack from the golden city parking lot to the gravel road was BLOCKED, soon to be closed for good. my heart sank as its one of my favorite little challenges before the main gravel grind. its completely chopped up, they've planted little grass patches in the middle of the singletrack and put logs and rocks across the other areas. DAMMIT! oh well, looks like we'll be riding more sanitized gravel up to the top now. Schnauz, XcGuy, BobGolden, have you seen the new closure? not too happy about it. Im writing to what's-her-name again and letting her know that closure is pointless.
    This was a scheduled closure for a few months now. They even had a volumnteer day to build the replacement trail.

    Hold tight. If they are building the new trail on the old st to the east, it will be a nice piece of trail. Runway to start, yes, but it will fill in because it is moist on that side of the mountain. Some tough terrain they have to work with right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin_Cup View Post
    BAD NEWS NTM junkies. I rode the standard c-clockwise loop and was bummed to find that the fun little singletrack from the golden city parking lot to the gravel road was BLOCKED, soon to be closed for good. my heart sank as its one of my favorite little challenges before the main gravel grind. its completely chopped up, they've planted little grass patches in the middle of the singletrack and put logs and rocks across the other areas. DAMMIT! oh well, looks like we'll be riding more sanitized gravel up to the top now. Schnauz, XcGuy, BobGolden, have you seen the new closure? not too happy about it. Im writing to what's-her-name again and letting her know that closure is pointless.
    Monday and Wednesday I actually just went up the road and skipped the connector. Never did make it all the way, close the past month, but never up to the road. To be fair, this was part of the plan from day one.

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