Catamount Trail Loop

 18 votes

8.0 Miles 12.9 Kilometers



772' 235 m


-772' -235 m


2,273' 693 m


1,794' 547 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (12°)

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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: Off-leash

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 Trail, 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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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
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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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