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A mostly singletrack loop around north and south Catamount Reservoirs.

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9,713' 2,961 m


9,236' 2,815 m


1,280' 390 m


1,271' 387 m



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Closed from December until April.


The North Catamount Reservoir Loop is a 12 mile ride along both north and south reservoirs with scenic vistas of Pike's Peak and the surrounding pine and aspen forest of the North Slope Recreation Area. The loop is comprised of multiple trails as mapped out, and is part of the much larger Ring-the-Peak loop.

Need to Know

  • This ride is in the North Slope Recreation Area and is accessed from the the northwest edge via Edlowe Road off of Highway 24 just past Woodland Park. It may also be accessed from the Pikes Peak Highway (for a fee).
  • The trail is all over 9,200 feet in elevation and winds along North and South Catamount Reservoirs. Both are abundant with fish: Mackinaw, Brook, Brown, Cutbow, Cutthroat, Lake and Rainbow trout. On the north reservoir only flies and lures are allowed.
  • It's possible to complete this this loop in reverse or even shorten it by swapping in the Limber Pine Trail.


The trail begins at Catamount Recreation Area parking lot, and the mostly singletrack, 12-mile loop uses multiple trails in the area for a tour of both North and South Catamount Reservoirs.

From the trailhead, the trail climbs gently along a part of the Limber Pine Trail, then briefly travels on the Catamount Trail, only to descend the Mule Deer Trail towards the reservoir. These first two miles are quick, non-technical, and descend towards the reservoir.

Climb back up the Blue River Trail (the intersecting Mackinaw Trail looks inviting, but it's classified as hiking-only) and follow the Catamount Trail to the reservoir. This ride is easy dirt road. Please note the Mackinaw Trail is hiking only. Dismounting the bike and walking a little ways will give a good view of Pikes Peak over the reservoir. Views are also nice over the south reservoir on the South Catamount Creek Trail.

Cross the North Catamount Reservoir dam and off to the right a small parking lot marks the beginning of the South Catamount Creek Trail. This trail is singletrack for the first mile, and winds along the shore of the south reservoir. It is a little more steep and a little more technica, but nothing too challenging. Again the views over the water towards the pine forest and Pike's Peak are astonishing. The remaining .6 miles of trail is dirt road which joins towards the Limber Pine Trail.

Continuing on the Limber Pine Trail, the loop climbs for a few tenths of a mile with a steep and steady grade. This is the only really challenging part of the ride but does not continue on for long. Those that can't ride it can easily walk up with little time lost.

The trail runs along the ridge then descends towards North Catamount Creek via several switchbacks. While the trail has several metal bridges that traverse the stream, the western edge of the reservoir can be quite wet depending on the time of year and the snow pack.

After crossing the marsh, the trail again joins the Catamount Trail for about a mile, along a gently climbing slope. The loop then follows the Vayhinger Trail northward, a winding, mild climb through pine and aspen groves.

The top of Vayhinger Trail meets the Elder-Fehn Trail which is nontechnical, and ascends and descends along the terrain near the reservoir, with a few short, steep parts, but nothing too challenging or technical.

The trail loops back to the Catamount Recreation Area parking lot, completing about a 12 mile loop. For extra riding, try the loop off of the eastern portion of the Catamount Trail at the base of Raspberry Mountain or the loop off of the Elder-Fehn Trail.


Shared By:

Allen Tanner with improvements by Gary George

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The trail along S. Catamount Reservoir is a little more narrow and steep, but just as scenic.
Sep 17, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
View towards N. Catamount Reservoir at the apex mid-loop.
Sep 17, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Nice view from the reservoir.
Feb 29, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Morning ride near North Catamount Reservoir in the shadow of Pikes Peak, a fun ride with great views...
Sep 1, 2022 near Cascade…, CO
Downed pine tree over the Mule Deer Trail near Catamount Reservoir. It has been very windy all of April with little snow...
Apr 29, 2022 near Cascade…, CO
Morning ride on the Mule Deer Trail near Catamount Reservoir.
Apr 29, 2022 near Cascade…, CO


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Nov 22, 2022
Peter Tiley
Jul 3, 2022
Jen Grout
Next time go CCW 11.7mi — 3h 30m
Aug 7, 2021
Chad Phyle
I was able to overnight in the parking lot and explore morning before crowds grew. Some good flow, but I ran it. A lot of MTB rigs after I finished. 6mi — 2h 00m
Jun 12, 2021
Kirk Pearson
Not the best! We rode it in reverse which was probably the better option. The trails were extremely gravely. Not good for beginner riders or kids. — 4h 00m
Sep 19, 2020
Dan Lebsack
Aug 12, 2020
Ben Watson
May 21, 2020
E Tucker
Jul 17, 2019
Christopher Gilman
Meh 11mi — 1h 29m

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