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Catamount Trail Loop

Intermediate

Trail

12.3 mile 19.7 kilometer point to point
65% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,391' 424 m
Descent: -1,348' -411 m
High: 2,438' 743 m
Low: 1,771' 540 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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A road climb to an aggressive cross-country trail in the heart of Silver Falls State Park.

Christofer Harris

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly This beautiful trail is fun for riders of all abilities and the aggressive features have go-arounds. Children may find the first mile or so of Catamount Trail to be difficult.

  • Catamount Trail and Newt Loop are two-way multi-use trails. Expect traffic in both directions.
  • Requires a State Park Pass to access ($5/day; $30/year). Can be purchased at one of the day use areas.

Overview

A road climb to an "enhanced" cross-country trail through a beautiful stretch of woods. The Catamount Trail has turns, berms, and rock features that are fun, without being too difficult for average cyclists. This trail opened in early 2016 and has already become a fast favorite.

Need to Know

  • Only Upper Catamount Trail is directional. Newt Loop and Catamount Trail are both multi-directional and see use by bikers, hikers, and runners. Please be aware of your surroundings, and courteous to others.
  • This trail is closed to horses. If you encounter equestrian users, please politely remind them this trail isn't designed for horse travel, and let park officials know as well.
  • The gate at the trailhead is open from May 20 - Nov 1, so shuttling by vehicle is an option. Be aware, however, that Lookout Mountain Road gets rough in places, so all-wheel drive is recommended.
  • Dogs must be on a 6 ft. leash, per park regulations.

Description

From the 214 Trail, head through the gate and begin climbing up Lookout Mountain Road for roughly four miles. There are a few steeper sections along the road, but the total elevation gain is minimal. When you see the sign indicating "Shellburg Falls" to the right, hang a left onto Lost Creek Trail for a very short distance to the top of Upper Catamount Trail.

Upper Catamount Trail is less than a mile, but a great way to start off the ride. It's fast and flowy, with a few rollers and berms thrown in for good measure. It exits onto Catamount Access Road with the entrance to Catamount Trail directly across the road. The first mile of Catamount Trail is the roughest section, with some large rocks and roots to navigate. This section also has a few nice kickers, though all are optional (i.e., there are ride-arounds). Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) has done a great job of bridging or rock-bedding the many creek crossings, though a low gear is advisable to make the hill climbs that follow a bit easier.

Over the course of the trail you'll encounter a few trail intersections, but Catamount Trail is easily distinguished as the main trail; just follow the signs and you're sure to stay on track. Catamount Trail technically ends at its junction with Newt Loop, which you can follow in either direction. The majority of riders complete it counter-clockwise, as this provides some additional mileage and a few optional lines that add to the fun. At the end of Newt Loop, turn left and follow 214 Trail a short distance back to the parking area.

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We need help with the following missing trail information:

ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background

Contacts

Local Club: Salem Area Trail Alliance

Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

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Feb 19, 2020
Rex Dodge
Oct 5, 2019
Jesse Brown
Was a bit slick other then a couple super slippery spots the trail was really easy. Will totally do it again maybe check it out when's it is dryer. 11.1mi — 2h 22m
Aug 4, 2019
Matt Stone
Jun 24, 2019
Anthony Morris
Jun 9, 2019
Aaron Dennis
Trail was in great condition 12mi — 2h 00m
May 11, 2019
Christi Raunig
Apr 27, 2019
Ben B
Plush, dry, perfect. 14mi — 1h 20m
Mar 17, 2019
Jeff Poirier
Catamount Trail covered in snow 1mi

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A great look into the communal efforts behind trail building.
Aug 31, 2017 near Lyons, OR
Rock Drop (largest of the three; all have ride-arounds)
Apr 15, 2018 near Lyons, OR
Rock Up & Over (2 of 3 routes you can choose from)
Apr 15, 2018 near Lyons, OR
Another split in the trail to allow you to 'choose your own adventure'.
Aug 2, 2016 near Lyons, OR
3 ft kicker option for the ambitious on the left, or a safety outlet on the right, about 0.5 miles from top.
Aug 2, 2016 near Lyons, OR
Find the Flow!
Oct 12, 2017 near Lyons, OR

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