Lower Cataract Loop Trail

EASY 19 reviews
#22 of 164 trails in

Lower Cataract Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverthorne, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles 256 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

trail running

lake

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

Beautiful lake. Bugs are heavy so wear bug spray.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Ir was the perfect Trail for what we're looking for. It has beautiful wildflowers and a pretty easy Trail. The only disappointment is you can't get close to the falls. Loved this hike.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful and easy!

5 months ago

Scenic. Easy.

5 months ago

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Amazing trail with gorgeous views, the fall colors were gorgeous! Easy enough trail for my out of state parents to handle although longer than the 2 miles as stated. Great water falls to break up the hike with, will return again!!

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful hike, especially in autumn. We went on September 26 and I think it was toward the beginning of peak fall colors (Lots of yellow aspen, with just a small number of green leaves left). It is a bit more than 2 miles around the lake. Going clockwise, the front half of the lake is pretty easy; mostly flat or downhill. The second half gets a bit stepper as you make your way around, but not too difficult. We had our 5 year old with us, and it was easy for her (and for me when she rode on my shoulders :) This is a great family friendly hike. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to see great fall colors, but especially people with kids, or who might not be up for a really strenuous hike. After you turn off of Keener Road, the road to the trailhead is gravelly and a bit steep on the way up. Our car handled it fine.

hiking
1 year ago

I rate this a 5 star for a family hike. It is a very easy loop on a gorgeous single track trail around Lower Cataract lake. The kids could explore and even our 4 year old completed the whole loop without complaint. We stopped for lunch in the shade of some trees near the waterfall/stream, which was running quite quickly due to the recent rains. The lake is beautiful, and we saw 3 beaver swimming near shore. The heavy rains had flooded some of the lower trail areas so we did have some ankle-deep mud for about 200 yards, but that is just part of the fun.

1 year ago

Beautiful and easy hike with the pay off of
Flowers, falls, a beautiful lake, and uncrowded trails. Worth the drive.

hiking
1 year ago

Took our 3.5yr old and she did great! The road getting there is pretty narrow and rough, but worth it. Nice easy hike to the falls, plenty of spots to picnic, great views, etc. Gets a little more steep towards the end (if you're hiking the loop clockwise) and can be muddy in spots. Do it!

1 year ago

hiking
3 years ago

Great pay off for very little effort. I recommend doing this one counter clockwise so the "harder" part is first and the easy part is second. Although candidly an easy trail either way. Water falls, a lake, and so many wildflowers it almost feels artificial at times. We had many kids ranging from 7-15 and all of them were laughing and singing the entire trek. If you are visiting and adjusting to altitudes this is the one for you. On the drive down we even saw a majestic bald eagle (I know majestic and bald are rarely used in the same sentence).

hiking
4 years ago

Easy, beautiful, lovely place. This has to be one of the most beautiful trails in CO. A must see.

hiking
4 years ago

Super easy trail with wildflowers in July and gorgeous Aspen in Autumn. Bring some cash cause it does cost to park here. There is a small campground and fishing. Great place for a picnic.

hiking
4 years ago

An easy loop through an open meadow with fantastic view of the falls from across the lake. The hike takes you to the base of the falls in a beautiful wooded area. An great hike for people (lowlanders) vising from the coasts.