3.5 miles
Distance
204 ft
Climb
-612 ft
Descent
00:37:46
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Catamount Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager
  • past supporters

  • REI
    REI

    2016 - 2017
    Sponsor

Catamount Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Silver Falls State Park
    Salem, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Log Ride
  • Global Ranking
    #9161 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #41307 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Silver Falls State Park

This trail runs through beautiful ancient forests, passes huge fallen trees, crosses several streams, and offers a very unique riding experience to a wide range of riders. While intended to be ridden downhill, east to west, the trail can be ridden uphill-- excluding the uppermost section which is marked for downhill only.
Optional features, such as small stump kickers, drops, and a few log rides increase the downhill rush for riders perusing more of a thrill. These are easily navigated at a lower speeds, or bypassed, for people who want a mellower ride. Steep sections followed by short punchy climbs encourage momentum, but to maintain a high speed your fitness will be tested, especially towards the lower sections.

Built entirely by volunteers, the trail is very impressive. While most definitely having technical and demanding aspects, it is not overly excruciating, balancing rooty and rocky raw trail sections with smooth and polished flow.
However you choose to ride it, you will not be disappointed with the scenery

Access Info

Park at Trailhead 214 (A parking pass for Silver Falls State Park or an Annual Forest Pass is required. You'll have to drive a little ways down the Silver Falls Highway to purchase a pass at one of the falls parking lots. You can also buy them online)
The trail can be climbed up by following the signs across the road, or you can climb the gravel road (Lookout Mountain Road) to reach the top. State Park may enforce parking fee ($5/day or $30/yr).

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Catamount Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -408 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,692 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,151 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,148 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,742 ft
  • Grade
    -2.2%
  • Grade max
    -27.4%
  • Grade min
    17.7%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,457 ft
  • Avg time
    00:37:46
  • Avg reverse time
    00:48:32
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Status:
on Nov 13, 2021
Variable
Avg: 4.5 (12 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Catamount Trail Trail Reports

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      Nov 13, 2021 @ 10:23am
      Nov 13, 2021
      Sep 24, 2021 @ 11:12am
      Sep 24, 2021
      Sep 6, 2021 @ 10:14am
      Sep 6, 2021
      A little dry but as beautiful as always.
      Jul 28, 2021 @ 10:33am
      Jul 28, 2021
      Recently groomed. Perfect.
      Jul 4, 2021 @ 8:58pm
      Jul 4, 2021
      Some sections slightly overgrown, but still rideable.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 202 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 550 rides
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      Photos

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      Jun 27, 2020 @ 3:09pm
      Jun 27, 2020
      83 |
      Jun 27, 2020 @ 3:08pm
      Jun 27, 2020

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      Trail Events

      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Bethdayton SATA (Oct 8, 2017 at 18:42)
       The new access is via the Newt Loop, directly north out of the 214 parking lot.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      DHH (Jul 2, 2018 at 16:06)
       Amazing trail! Good intermediate decent, with some climbs later on.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      sbreitbach0307 (Apr 7, 2019 at 17:43)
       Clear of snow, bottom half is sloppy and wet.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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).
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mybaben (Oct 24, 2020 at 16:29)
       There is no way this is a Blue Trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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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      Catamount Trail in Silver Falls State Park
      27:28 | 341 | Sep 21, 2020 , Salem
      SATA Catamount Trail
      2:42 | 1025 | Sep 28, 2016 , Salem
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