Eastern Mojave Vegetation North Table Loop, Jefferson County, Colorado  
 

Tom Schweich  

Home Page  Circumnavigates North Table Mountain and then some.

 

 

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora dev. trlhds. Wyoming Circle at trailhead North Table Loop at N Table Mtn Field Notes Friday, 3 October

Locations: North Table Mountain Park.
Full Size ImageNorth Table Mountain Trailhead  

North Table Loop Trailhead

Junction: North Table Loop, which starts with a steep constant grade up the old quarry road to the south east.

Other articles: North Table Mountain Trail at N Table Loop  

Junction: North Table Mountain Trail, a City of Golden trail, and road to water tank.

Other articles: Field Notes 8 Nov 2015
Full Size ImageOld Quarry Road, now part of North Table Loop.  

 
  Small catchment basin, and game trail onto lower mesa to north.

Other articles: Social Trail at n tbl lp Field Notes Thursday, March 3rd
Full Size ImageNorth end of Social Trail.  

Junction: Social Trail, south, above the water tank to the North Table Mountain Trail.

Other articles: Field Notes Thursday, March 3rd
Full Size ImageWater-lain sediments between two basalt flows.  

Outcrop of sandstone and conglomerate between basalt flows.

Other articles: Field Notes Friday, 3 October
Full Size ImageLooking down the North Table Loop trail  

 

Other articles: North Quarry Climbing Access Trail at n. end  

Junction: Climbing Access Trail

Other articles: Field Notes Friday, April 22nd
Full Size ImageNorth Quarry climbing area.
Full Size ImageTop of the quarry road.  

View of climbing area from North Table Loop near the Tilting Mesa Trail.

 

 

Other articles: Tilting Mesa Trail at N Table Lp Field Notes Thursday, March 3rd

Locations: North Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageThe North Table Loop heads south.  

North Table Mountain

Junction: Tilting Mesa Trail

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1407, 8 Jun 2016
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1407, Oenothera caespitosa var. macroglottis  

At the north end of the spoils pile there is a taller pile with an Oenothera on the west-facing slope.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1404, 8 Jun 2016 Coll. No. 1405, 8 Jun 2016
Full Size ImagePartially dissected head of Coll. No. 1404, Townsendia grandiflora
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1405, fragments of an Astragalus, maybe A. shortianus  

Spoils pile to east of North Table Loop. Location of several collections, including Cryptantha virgata, Townsendia grandiflora, and Oenothera caespitosa.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1095, 30 Apr 2015  

Location of Nothocalais cuspidata, Coll. No. 1095.

Other articles: North Quarry Climbing Access Trail at s. end Field Notes Friday, April 22nd
Full Size ImageTrail Junction: Trail to North Quary Climbing Area and Sea Cliffs.  

Junction: (trail through Sea Cliffs)

Other articles: Field Notes Friday, April 22nd
Full Size ImageTop of North Table Mountain.  

View south from trail junction.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1094, 40 Apr 2015
Full Size Image Habitat of Coll. No. 1094, Viola nuttallii
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1094, Viola nuttallii  

Collection No. 1094, Viola nuttallii

Other articles: Spur Social Trail at N Table Mtn Loop  

Junction: Social Trail, west, down the rim, and to North Table Mountain Trail (City of Golden).

Other articles: Golden Cliffs Trail at N Tbl Loop Climbing Access Trail at N Table Mtn Lp
Full Size ImageJunction of Golden Cliffs Trail with North Table Loop Trail  

Junction: Golden Cliffs Trail

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1402, 8 Jun 2016
Full Size ImageAstragalus agrestis
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1402, Astragalus agrestis  

Astragalus agrestis in the small swale between North Table Loop and the Golden Cliffs Trail.

Other articles: Field Notes Thursday, June 2nd
Full Size ImageTiny Mousetails (Myosurus minimus) on top of North Table Mountain.  

Tiny Mousetails (Myosurus minimus) and Foothills Arnica (Arnica fulgens). Also found here Veronica peregrina var. xalapensis.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1274, 29 Jul 2015 Coll. No. 1275, 29 Jul 2015 Coll. No. 1276, 29 Jul 2015 Saturday, February 28th Coll. No. 1553, 1 Sep 2016
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1274, Juncus
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1276, Muhlenbergia wrightii  

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Location of Coll Nos. 1274-1276.
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Southern rim of North Table Mountain.
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Coll. No. 1553, Brickellia eupatorioides
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Coll. No. 1275, Eleocharis sp.
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Inflorescence of Coll. No. 1276, Muhlenbergia wrightii
Location of Coll Nos. 1274-1276.

Other articles: Field Notes Saturday, February 28th
Full Size ImageSmall creek, with tussocks of grass, drains the mesa from the north.  

Creek crosses trail from north.

Other articles: Field Notes Saturday, February 28th Coll. No. 1343, 12 May 2016 Coll. No. 1344, 13 May 2016 Coll. No. 1448, 22 Jun 2016 Coll. No. 1450, 22 Jun 2016 Coll. No. 1602, 8 May 2017 Coll. No. 1602.1, 8 May 2017
Full Size ImageMain channel of stream just above rim.
Full Size ImageSmall creek draining the mesa from the north.  

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Habitat of Coll. No. 1344, Veronica arvensis
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Habit of Coll. No. 1344, Veronica arvensis
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Coll. No. 1343, Woodsia oregana subsp. cathcartiana
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Coll. No. 1448, Mimulus floribundus
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Coll. No. 1450, Carex, maybe C. brevior
Creek crosses trail from north. Location of Coll. No. 1343-4.

Other articles: Field Notes Saturday, February 28th
Full Size ImageNorth Table Loop, with downtown Denver in the distance.  

View to the east of North Table Loop.

Other articles: Field Notes Obs. No. 1553, 8 May 2017
Full Size ImageObs. No. 1553, Coryphantha vivipara  

Coryphantha vivipara beside the trail.

Other articles: Field Notes Saturday, February 28th Coll. No. 1340, 12 May 2016 Coll. No. 1341, 12 May 2016
Full Size ImageNorth Table Loop climbs to the top of the mesa to the west.
Full Size ImageNorth Table Loop, with social trail below.  

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Coll. No. 1340, Prunus virginiana
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Coll. No. 1340, Prunus virginiana
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Coll. No. 1341, Prunus domestica
Some of the small groves of trees below the trail include Prunus virginiana “chokecherry” and Fraxinus americana “White Ash.”

Other articles: Social Trail at N Table Loop  

Junction: Social trail to Easley Road.

Other articles: Field Notes at quarry
Full Size ImageThe basalt quarry on the south side of North Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageValley of Clear Creek opens onto the plains; Denver in right distance.  

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North Table Loop below the south rim of North Table Mountain
Basalt Quarry

Other articles: Field Notes along trail
Full Size ImageCorydalis aurea along the North Table Loop.
Full Size ImageHabitat of Corydalis aurea at base of rocks to right of daypack.  

Corydalis aureus

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1312
Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1312, Claytonia rosea above the North Table Loop.  

Numerous Claytonia rosea along east to northeast-facing slopes.

Other articles: Neighborhood Access Trail at N Table Lp Field Notes 8 Nov 2015
Full Size ImageDense colonies of Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) in Cottonwood Canyon
Full Size ImageUpper end of the Neighborhood Access Trail.  

Junction: Neighborhood Access Trail, down to access points on Ulysses way.
  North Table Loop crosses the stream bed of Cottonwood Canyon.
  Social trail, probably an old road to the northwest up Cottonwood Canyon.

Other articles: Field Notes 8 Nov 2015
Full Size ImageNorth Table Loop and Neighborhood Access Trails
Full Size ImageGround Cherry (Physalis sp.) along the North Table Loop.  

North Table Loop crosses the upper right of the photograph, while the Neighborhood Access Trail diverges down the canyon.

Other articles: Cottonwood Canyon Trail at N Table Loop  

Junction: Cottonwood Canyon Trail, up to Mesa Top Trail.

Other articles: Field Notes Tuesday, June 9th
Full Size ImageThe Cottonwood Canyon Trail diverges from North Table Loop.
Full Size ImageLooking across Cottonwood Canyon at more of North Table Loop.  

The Cottonwood Canyon Trail diverges from North Table Loop and climbs to the rim of the mesa. North Table Loop diverges down to the left here and in obscured by grasses.

Other articles: Field Notes Tuesday, June 9th
Full Size ImageNorth Table Loop continues east around the mesa.  

North Table Loop continues east around the mesa.

Other articles: 44th Avenue Colorado Railroad Museum Field Notes Tuesday, June 9th Coll. No. 1131, 9 Jun 2015
Full Size ImageObs. No. 1427, Opuntia polyacantha
Full Size ImageThree deer above a slide on the south face of North Table Mountain  

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Coll. No. 1131, Koeleria macrantha
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Colorado Railroad Museum from North Table Mountain
Trail rounds the lower slopes of a landslide.

Other articles: Lithic Trail at N Table Loop  

Junction: Lithic Trail

Other articles: Field Notes Tuesday, June 9th
Full Size ImageJunction of Lithic Trail with North Table Loop.  

Junction with Lithic Trail.
  Cross stream coming down from mesa top.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1518, 29 Jul 2016
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1515, Stephanomeria pauciflora  

Location of Coll. No. 1518, Stephanomeria pauciflora

Other articles: Mesa Top Trail at N Table Loop Field Notes Tuesday, June 9th
Full Size ImageJunction of Mesa Top Trail with North Table Loop.  

Junction: Mesa Top Trail

Other articles: Field Notes Friday, July 29th
Full Size ImageAsclepias definitely, maybe A. viridiflora
Full Size ImageFruit of Asclepias definitely, maybe A. viridiflora  

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Leaf of Asclepias definitely, maybe A. viridiflora
Observation of Asclepias viridiflora.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1519, 29 Jul 2016
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1519, Solidago missouriensis  

Coll. No. 1519, Solidago missouriensis, growing in rocks just above the trail.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1520, 29 Jul 2016 Coll. No. 1648, 1 Jun 2017
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1520, Corylus cornuta
Full Size ImageLeaf of undetermined tree.  

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Undetermined tree beside North Table Loop.
Large tree, maybe Corylus cornuta (Coll. No. 1520).
  Access Point: West 53rd Drive, no parking.
  North Table Loop skirts the southwest corner of the Metz parcel.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1521, 29 Jul 2016 Coll. No. 1654, 1 Jun 2017
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1654, Symphoricarpos sp.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1521, Heterotheca villosa var. villosa  

Between two houses, south of North Table Loop, location of Coll. No. 1521, Heterotheca villosa var. villosa.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1539, 18 Aug 2016 Coll. No. 1540, 18 Aug 2016
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1539, Verbesina encelioides
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1540, Dyssodia papposa  

Location of Coll. No. 1539, Verbesina encelioides and Coll. No. 1540 Dyssodia papposa.
  North Table Loop skirts the southwest corner of the Williams parcel.

Other articles: Field Notes 22 Jul 2016
Full Size ImageView from small hill near North Table Loop.
Full Size ImageView from small hill, south east to Denver.  

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The private pasture at left is a source of weeds bleeding into the adjacent open space.
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Eriogonum alatum
Small saddle, little hill to the north.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1509, 22 Jul 2016 Coll. No. 1510, 22 Jul 2016
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1509, Psoralidium tenuiflorum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1510, Asparagus officinalis  

North Table Loop descends to the west to meet the Mesa Spur Trail. The north-facing slopes to the south were the site of my collections 1509 Psoralidium tenuiflorum and 1510 Asparagus officinalis.

Other articles: Mesa Spur Trail at N Table Loop  

Junction: Mesa Spur Trail , to access points off of W. 58th Avenue.
  Junction: Tablerock Trail , east.

Other articles: Field Notes Monday, July 13th
Full Size ImageInterface between North Table Mountain Park and Table Rock subdivision.  

Tablerock subdivision below.
  Junction: Tablerock Trail , west.

Other articles: Social Trail at N Table Loop Field Notes 20 Jul 2015
Full Size ImageSocial trail from Tablerock subdivision into North Table Mountain Park.  

Social trail north into Tablerock.

Other articles: Field Notes 20 Jul 2015
Full Size ImageMesa Top Trail to the left, North Table Loop to the right.  

Mesa Top Trail to the left; North Table Loop to the right.

Other articles: Mesa Top Trail at N Table Loop  

Junction: Mesa Top Trail, up to the mesa top and then across the mesa to the east.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1503, 12 Jul 2016  

Near, i.e., just west of, junction with the Mesa Top Trail, as North Table Loop rounds the nose of a small ridge, is location oc Coll. No. 1503, Thelesperma megapotamicum “Hopi Tea Greenthread.” Like Coll. No. 1504, Hymenopappus filifolius the leaves are very finely divided to thin filiform segments.
  “Road” crosses the trail. To the south it leads to a water tank operated by the North Table Mountain Water and Sanitation District.
  Bridge over ephemeral stream.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1365, 24 May 2016 Coll. No. 1366, 24 May 2016 Coll. No. 1367, 24 May 2016 Coll. No. 1382, 1 Jun 2016 Coll. No. 1383, 1 Jun 2016

Locations: Ramstetter Reservoir.
Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1365, Thlaspi arvense  

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Habitat of Coll. No. 1366, Lepidium draba
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Coll. No. 1383, Linum perenne
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Coll. No. 1365, Thlaspi arvense
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Coll. No. 1366, Lepidium draba
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Coll. No. 1367, Alyssum simplex
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Coll. No. 1382, Lithospermum incisum
About half-way between North Table Mountain trailhead and the Mesa Top Trail; collecting locality.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1504, 12 Jul 2016
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1504, Hymenopappus filifolius var. polycephalus  

Location of Coll. No. 1504, Hymenopappus filifolius Hook. var. polycephalus (Osterh.) B.L. Turner. “Many-Headed Fine-Leaved Wooly-White.”
  Trail skirts access road and parking lot.

 

 

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Full Size ImageNorth Table Mountain Trailhead  

North Table Loop Trailhead

Junction: North Table Loop, clockwise around North Table Mesa, heading north and turning east.
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Date and time this article was prepared: 11/24/2017 11:09:27 AM