“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.
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