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Catamount to Paul's DH

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Combine the best of Catamount into a single ride.


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Map Key

13.1

Miles

21.1

KM

70%

Singletrack

10,229' 3,118 m

High

9,374' 2,857 m

Low

1,717' 523 m

Up

1,717' 523 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

A great ride that hits all the best of Catamount.

Description

Depart the TH located immediately off Edlowe Rd. An initial series of tight downhill switchbacks leads to the first small climb. The ascent has several "challenging" switchbacks (made more difficulty when the trails are very dry) that leads to the Elder-Fehn Trail (straight ahead)- Vayhinger Trail (left turn) intersection. This is an excellent "waypoint" easy identified since there is a large all-weather map located at this junction.

Proceed straight ahead quickly arriving at the very steep segment leading to the Elder-Fehn Trail "lollipop". Tackle this loop counter-clockwise (recommended) and return to the Elder-Fehn Trail - Vayhinger Trail junction.

Take the right turn onto Vayhinger Trail and enjoy a flowy downhill that eventually bring some you down to the head of the North Reservoir (which will be to you left).

Refuel here and get a drink since the long climb up to Raspberry Mountain Saddle is next.

After refueling, take a right and wind your way on a gentle doubletrack grade that slowly narrows into a single path that begins the climb.

At the top of Raspberry Mountain Saddle make a small dog-leg to the left and begin a fast descent along the Raspberry Mountain Trail (watch for hikers and dogs here!) This segment of the trail is extremely wide. Watch your speed since a sharp left hand turn will bring you across a small stream crossing and into the trees. Shortly after the stream crossing you'll encounter a short technical uphill section. After this short hill look for the left turn deviating off of Raspberry Mountain Trail (a NFS Trail Marker points in the direction for hiker traffic returning on the Raspberry Mountain Trail).

Take a left and begin the approach to a short but ever-steepening hill climb. At the top prepare for the long downhill section returning to the open space around the reservoirs.

The downhill begins in ernest with several very steep sections along a small waterfall and beyond. Eventually the descent becomes flowy with two built-up log obstacles (rideable) and two small timber bridges. Keep your eyes peeled for a series of sticks on the left marking the short connector trail returning you to the 4x4 doubletrack. Go right now and enjoy the fast, easy rolling doubletrack leading to North Limber Pine Trail on the left (signed with trail marker). Make this final climb and return to Edlowe Rd.

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Kenny P

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  3.2 from 5 votes

#3145

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Catamount Trail is in the northern corner of the Ring the Peak System.
Sep 17, 2017 near Cascade…, CO

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Aug 15, 2020
Mike Anderson
Nice trail for the connoisseur. some very steep, loose climbs, but they're short. fun techy descents. Gorgeous scenery. 15mi
May 6, 2020
Brian Bell
Very bad. NEAR IMPOSSIBLE FOLLOW/FIND TRAIL. After the left turn off of the RTP route, the trail is barely existent, not maintained, grown over 13mi
May 4, 2020
James Drybanski
Oct 8, 2019
Kenny P
Right before the winter snow storm that will probably close this down for the season.