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.
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.