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Catamount Trail Loop

 20 votes

10.0 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

1,042' 318 m

Ascent

-1,003' -306 m

Descent

2,432' 741 m

High

1,771' 540 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

30%

Max Grade (16°)

All Clear

22 days agoUpdate

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

Christofer Harris

Overview

  • 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.
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.
Dogs: Off-leash

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 are allowed if they listen to voice commands; be aware of others on the trail if you have an "overly friendly" pup!

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.

Contacts

Local Club: Salem Area Trail Alliance

Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

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Dec 3, 2017
Jm Jenkins
Pretty sloppy out there in the rain, trail is pretty straight forward to navigate. 10.6mi — 2h 30m
Nov 19, 2017
Richard Fitzgerald
Rode Catamount and Long Creek out and back. Trail is a little muddy in patches, but not bad by any means. 12.5mi
Sep 9, 2017
Matt Hage
9mi — 2h 00m
Sep 5, 2017
Anthony Eubank
8mi
Sep 2, 2017
Dylan Johnstone
Sep 1, 2017
Ken Morrell
8mi
Jun 4, 2017
Chris Stewart
First timer. A little difficult to know where to drop in off of the climbing road, but I eventually got it. Didn't see a soul. I'll be back soon. 8.2mi — 1h 05m
May 4, 2017
Leslie Kehmeier

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All Clear 22 days ago
Overall conditions still quite good. One or two downed logs and several wet spots.
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I came down from Portland. It took about 1 hr and 20 mins to get there. It's not a lot of trail so to get a full ride in it'll probably need a couple laps. Definitely agree with the signage: This trail was much more fun when ridden from East to West. If I ever come back to this trail I'd rather ride up the gravel road and do a couple laps in the recommended direction than do it as an out-and-back. The main thing I noticed is the dirt is the soft-pack style of dirt with decomposed bark that just doesn't pack down. There are many parts of the trail where you are climbing through that vs descending through it. Overall I thought this was a pretty enjoyable and technical XC route. Would have been more fun with a full-suspension bike (Pretty bumpy, I had a hardtail and I was feeling it all). There were a few short flow sections and well-designed bridges. Aug 10, 2016
Rob Gamolo
Portland, OR
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

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