9.2 miles
Distance
1,268 ft
Climb
-1,203 ft
Descent
2,338 ft
High Point

Park at the Conference Center Parking Lot (as mapped), clockwise direction recommended. Alternatively, park at TH 214 and start with Newt Loop to Rabbit Hole.

Detailed Description
Smith Creek to Catamount is a 9 mile popular intermediate route located near Salem Oregon. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 1,268 ft with a max elevation of 2,338 ft then descends -1,203 ft.
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40 Reviews & Comments

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5RAb8W (Feb 26, 2022 at 12:39)
 Most Excellent single track trail. Great part of the forest. Very rideable trail up and down. Cool jump and drop options. Thanks SATA
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5RAb8W (Feb 26, 2022 at 12:39)
 Most Excellent single track trail. Great part of the forest. Very rideable trail up and down. Cool jump and drop options. Thanks SATA
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5RAb8W (Feb 26, 2022 at 12:39)
 Most Excellent single track trail. Great part of the forest. Very rideable trail up and down. Cool jump and drop options. Thanks SATA
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5RAb8W (Feb 26, 2022 at 12:20)
 Basically this is a horse trail and is an easy ride. All gravel so not a single track MTB. First time on Catamont trail I end up climbing it. Then hit the access road and made my way to back mountain loop then smith creak trail.

I thought it was going to be a blue MTB single track but it’s just a green horse trail.
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Gumpdy (Aug 4, 2021 at 21:56)
 Great route for an amplified exercise routine. Smith creek climb aint no joke
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kmo344 (Feb 26, 2021 at 23:14)
 Wet, splashy, and slow. Not so bad you'll mess up the trail, just not as fast as you might like.
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kmo344 (Feb 26, 2021 at 23:14)
 Wet, splashy, and slow. Not so bad you'll mess up the trail, just not as fast as you might like.
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kmo344 (Feb 26, 2021 at 23:14)
 Wet, splashy, and slow. Not so bad you'll mess up the trail, just not as fast as you might like.
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RecNar SATA (Nov 8, 2020 at 17:29)
 Open from top to bottom, wet but great! Catamount backside is closed due to extensive wildfire damage.
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RecNar SATA (Nov 8, 2020 at 17:29)
 Open from top to bottom, wet but great! Catamount backside is closed due to extensive wildfire damage.
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RecNar SATA (Nov 8, 2020 at 17:29)
 Open from top to bottom, wet but great! Catamount backside is closed due to extensive wildfire damage.
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mybaben (Oct 24, 2020 at 16:29)
 There is no way this is a Blue Trail.
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mybaben (Oct 24, 2020 at 16:29)
 There is no way this is a Blue Trail.
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mybaben (Oct 24, 2020 at 16:29)
 There is no way this is a Blue Trail.
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phoneograph (Sep 3, 2020 at 22:50)
 Good mild downhill. Not especially fast, but it has a number of really fun sections and neat features that make the trail fun.
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phoneograph (Sep 3, 2020 at 22:50)
 Good mild downhill. Not especially fast, but it has a number of really fun sections and neat features that make the trail fun.
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phoneograph (Sep 3, 2020 at 22:50)
 Good mild downhill. Not especially fast, but it has a number of really fun sections and neat features that make the trail fun.
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javierochoa (Jun 23, 2020 at 11:44)
Trail Rabbit Hole
 So much fun!! I’m definitely more of a beginner. Other then a few rocks here and there this felt fast, clear and safe. Loved it.
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Strflyr (May 26, 2020 at 16:28)
Trail Rabbit Hole
 This trail was originally called Wormhole according to the Salem Area Trail Alliance emails, but it's official name is now Rabbit Hole. Thus saith the trail sign.
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mrborbyn (Mar 29, 2020 at 17:24)
 Take the gravel road up. The way down is a blast. There’s plenty of jumps and drops on the side for people wanting a more thrilling ride. Look out for a tree stump about midway down on your right. It’s a bit hidden but is a massive drop!
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mrborbyn (Mar 29, 2020 at 17:24)
 Take the gravel road up. The way down is a blast. There’s plenty of jumps and drops on the side for people wanting a more thrilling ride. Look out for a tree stump about midway down on your right. It’s a bit hidden but is a massive drop!
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mrborbyn (Mar 29, 2020 at 17:24)
 Take the gravel road up. The way down is a blast. There’s plenty of jumps and drops on the side for people wanting a more thrilling ride. Look out for a tree stump about midway down on your right. It’s a bit hidden but is a massive drop!
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Veggiegnome (Nov 1, 2019 at 17:47)
 Great trail conditions. Took the gravel road up. Def a good workout with punchy climbs throughout the desent. Beautiful ferns and trees. A little bumby on the hardtail (but that's pretty standard).
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Veggiegnome (Nov 1, 2019 at 17:47)
 Great trail conditions. Took the gravel road up. Def a good workout with punchy climbs throughout the desent. Beautiful ferns and trees. A little bumby on the hardtail (but that's pretty standard).
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Veggiegnome (Nov 1, 2019 at 17:47)
 Great trail conditions. Took the gravel road up. Def a good workout with punchy climbs throughout the desent. Beautiful ferns and trees. A little bumby on the hardtail (but that's pretty standard).
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benjamin-s (Oct 26, 2019 at 8:28)
 The direction noted is wrong. This portion of catamount is downhill only.
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440a440 (Sep 23, 2019 at 19:54)
Trail Rabbit Hole
 According to the trail signs this trail is called pygmy owl not wormhole...

Its a fun little trail for sure!
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sbreitbach0307 (Apr 7, 2019 at 17:43)
 Clear of snow, bottom half is sloppy and wet.
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sbreitbach0307 (Apr 7, 2019 at 17:43)
 Clear of snow, bottom half is sloppy and wet.
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sbreitbach0307 (Apr 7, 2019 at 17:43)
 Clear of snow, bottom half is sloppy and wet.
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sbreitbach0307 (Apr 7, 2019 at 17:41)
 Some limbs and branches occasional snow patch. Large tree across trail, top 1/3rd.
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dmcdon25 (Apr 7, 2019 at 9:44)
 Snow free now but it could use some more drying out before it’s especially fun to ride.
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dmcdon25 (Apr 7, 2019 at 9:44)
 Snow free now but it could use some more drying out before it’s especially fun to ride.
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dmcdon25 (Apr 7, 2019 at 9:44)
 Snow free now but it could use some more drying out before it’s especially fun to ride.
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DHH (Jul 2, 2018 at 16:06)
 Amazing trail! Good intermediate decent, with some climbs later on.
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DHH (Jul 2, 2018 at 16:06)
 Amazing trail! Good intermediate decent, with some climbs later on.
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DHH (Jul 2, 2018 at 16:06)
 Amazing trail! Good intermediate decent, with some climbs later on.
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Bethdayton SATA (Oct 8, 2017 at 18:42)
 The new access is via the Newt Loop, directly north out of the 214 parking lot.
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Bethdayton SATA (Oct 8, 2017 at 18:42)
 The new access is via the Newt Loop, directly north out of the 214 parking lot.
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Bethdayton SATA (Oct 8, 2017 at 18:42)
 The new access is via the Newt Loop, directly north out of the 214 parking lot.
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    52
More Stats for Smith Creek to Catamount mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,395 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,395 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,460 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -35.6%
  • Grade min
    60.8%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,887 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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2 days
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