Catamount Trail Loop

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8.0 Miles 12.9 Kilometers



835' 255 m


-835' -254 m


2,277' 694 m


1,790' 545 m



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Max Grade (13°)

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

Christofer Harris


• Requires a Recreation Pass to access. 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 for riders, 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 so it's very approachable.
Dogs: Offleash

Need to Know

• This trail is open to bikers and pedestrians and is closed to horses. If you encounter equestrian users, please politely remind them this trail isn't designed for horse travel.
• Dogs are allowed if they listen to voice commands; be aware of others on the trail if you have an "overly friendly" pup!


From the 214 Trailhead, head through the gate and begin climbing up Lookout Mountain Road for roughly three miles. When you see the pink cougar paw print painted on the rock/gate hang a left onto the Catamount Access Road for just a little more climbing. There are a few steeper sections along the roads, but the total elevation gain is minimal.

The trail begins next to a small gravel pile and trail marker. The first mile is the roughest section with some large rocks and roots to navigate. There are also a few boggy sections near the start, but you can easily power through them with a little effort. The Salem Area Trails Alliance has done a great job of bridging or rock-bedding the many creek crossings, though a low gear is advisable to make the following hill climbs easier.

Over the course of the trail you'll encounter a few trail crossings, just follow the signs and you'll easily stay on track. At the end of the trail, take a left on the Catamount Access Spur to connect back to Lookout Mountain Road. From there you can either head back to the trailhead, or back up for another lap.

History & Background

The trail which was supported by the Salem Area Trail Alliance officially opened Sunday, May 1. To read more about the new trail, click here.


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Jan 15, 2017
Craig Kerr
lots of snow and ice but beautiful 8mi
Jan 15, 2017
Katie Lozancich
Lots of snow and ice, however, it was still a fun ride. Can only imagine what the trail is like during the spring/summer! 8mi — 2h 00m
Aug 10, 2016
Evan Thilo
Aug 2, 2016
Adrian Gallo
Jun 19, 2016
Nick Chope
Only 3.4mi of singletrack. The rest is a dirt road. Fun in both directions but definitely designed to be ridden downhill (as noted on trail maps). ... 8.1mi
May 2, 2016
Christofer Harris

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Minor Issues 73 days ago
Snowy, Icy: Down trees, and snow and ice. If you don't have a fat tire bike be prepared to walk your bike at some 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

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