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Junction: Colorado State Highway 93

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  Intersection: Virginia Street

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  Intersection: Idaho Street
  Intersection: Mesa Drive

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Norman D Park, Tucker Gulch Trail

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Full Size ImageTucker Gulch, just below Ford Street  

Downstream from Ford Street.
  Intersection: Texas Street
  Intersection: Alaska Street

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Full Size ImageNorth end of social trail off N. Ford Street.  

Bend in road.

Junction: Social Trail, into a small open space and to N. Columbine St.

  Intersection: Iowa Drive, north
  Intersection: Iowa Court
  Intersection: Iowa Drive, south
  Intersection: Iowa Street

Literature Cited:
- Noe, David C., James M. Soule, Jeffrey L. Hynes and Karen A. Berry, 1999.

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Locations: North Table Mountain.  

Hillside Community Church

Field Trip Stop 15 — North Table Mountain Rockfall Area — of Noe, et al. (1999) forms in the parking lot of the Hillside Community Church at 103 N. Ford Street.

The rockfall and landslide hazard area around North Table Mountain was mapped by the U.S. Geological Survey during the 1970s (Simpson, 1973a; 1973b). Jefferson County has adopted the mapped hazard area as part of its geologic-hazards overlay, and has considered it to be a “no-build” area. This was challenged in the 1980s by a developer, who staged an actual rock-rolling demonstration on the northwest flank of the mountain in order to prove the fallacy of the outer (distal) hazard-area boundaries. The demonstration was curtailed (and the subdivision application was subsequently denied) after several boulders rolled beyond the outer boundary, but not before one boulder had bounced at least 10 feet (3 m) into the air and knocked a cross-bar off a high-tension power-line tower at the base of the mountain.

The rockfall hazard area, as mapped by the USGS, exists in both unincorporated Jefferson County and the incorporated city of Golden. Unfortunately, protection of the public from the rockfall hazard does appear to stop at the jurisdictional boundary in this case. The houses we see on the hillside above are located within the city of Golden, which has not adopted Simpson’s map. This subdivision was approved and has expanded due the absence of any requirements for home-rule cities to follow the state-mandated, geologic-hazard review process for subdivisions.

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Southwest face of North Table Mountain
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View down the southwest face of North Table Mountain

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Junction: 7th Place, 7th Street, to Boyd Street, and Golden Cliffs Trailhead.
  Pass under Colorado State Highway 58.
  Intersection: 7th Street, one way eastbound, do not enter.
  Intersection: 8th Street
  Intersection: 9th Street

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  Cross Clear Creek with Spurs to: Clear Creek Trail

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Bob's Atomic Burger

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  • 14th Street
  • Jackson Street, one way southbound to Jackson Street from Ford and 14th Street.

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Intersection: 16th Street

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Intersection: 18th Street

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Intersection: 19th Street, west to Colorado Highway 93.
  Intersection: 20th Street
  Intersection: 21st Street
  Intersection: 22nd Street
  Intersection: 23rd Street

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Full Size ImageGolden High School from the “G”  

Intersection: S. Golden Road, Jackson Street
 

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  Noe, David C., James M. Soule, Jeffrey L. Hynes and Karen A. Berry. 1999. Bouncing boulders, rising rivers, and sneaky soils: A primer of geologic hazards and engineering geology along Colorado's Front Range. Field Guides. 1: 1-19. Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America, 1999. {TAS-pdf}
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Date and time this article was prepared: 7/31/2017 9:32:08 AM