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12.3 mile 19.7 kilometer point to point
65% Singletrack


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


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.

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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.


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.


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.


Local Club: Salem Area Trail Alliance

Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

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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
Mar 11, 2019
Glen Felix
Nov 3, 2018
Alyssa Davis
Sep 16, 2018
Chuck Cockburn
Fun ups and downs. A little greasy and slick, but it just added to the fun. It really keeps you on you toes. 11.3mi
Jul 24, 2018
Luke Perkins
Jul 21, 2018
Tony Bass

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Rob Gamolo   Portland, OR
Drove down from Portland, OR. It's worth the drive if you do at least two laps. Rode up the gravel road twice for two loops (instead of out and back) and started at the very top above the trail head that is mentioned on this website - it's the section where it intersects with two other trails and the first part of it is flowy, single track. Good mix of berms, tight turns, and technical features. Sep 2, 2017
This trail is allowed for two way travel so keep your head up. New access is via the Newt Loop, directly north out of the 214 TH parking lot. Oct 8, 2017
First time on Catamount Trail Loop. Met someone there who frequents, they showed me around a bit. The climb is nice and easy going up. Coming down was a blast compared to what I'm used to. Being on a budget hardtail, it did get a bit rough at some times, wrists were burnt out by the end. This is definitely one of the more fun trails around! Sculpted intently to either test you or train you. Jul 10, 2018

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