446.5 miles: Lichen Peak, North Table Mountain Open Space, Golden, CO

Miles: 2.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 590 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1 hr 20 min total

Trail Head:



A few weeks ago Travis and I were able to complete this quick hike during the weekday for sunset. I’ve always had this hike on my Alltrails list, but I always passed it up thinking it would be too crowded. From the parking lot, the trail gains almost all the elevation profile in the first .7 miles. This part of the trail is multi use and wide. Once to the plateau, we followed the trail left to Lichen Peak (hiker only). Trav and I were pleasantly surprised— we had the trail to ourselves once we passed the trail junction! We sat at the peak for awhile, then hiked a bit around the top for some added mileage before hiking back down.

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