Catamount Falls Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.4 miElevation gain1,971 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Catamount Falls Trail is a beautiful loop that takes you past three scenic waterfalls stemming from Pikes Peak Mountain. Start this route at the parking area in the small town of Green Mountain Falls. From here, take Howard st, Foster Ave, and Mountain Ave to reach the Thomas Trail trailhead. This trail is marked by yellow blazes. The first half of this trail is mostly an incline but there are a few nice spots to enjoy the scenic views on the way up. Once you get to the "Garden of Eden", the second half of the hike flattens out except for the short and steep incline towards the South Catamount Reservoir. In the winter, users recommend wearing microspikes for the icy trail conditions. Also, make sure to check the road conditions before heading out at https://www.cotrip.org/map.htm#/roadConditions

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Calina Prudente
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Second on the trail after the snowfall this week. Snow on the way up - much of it melted on the way back down. The first mile up is a residential dirt road, and the last half mile is also just a dirt road leading up to the reservoir. That part was a little disappointing because the whole hike from after the residential road to the reservoir dirt road was beautiful inside all to end on a dirt car road. A little anticlimactic to me. The hike itself on the inside was great though. We needed spikes but if it doesn’t snow again, you won’t need them next weekend. The mileage is also a little incorrect. My Apple Watch clocked 6.5 from the parking lot to the reservoir and back.

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Kimberly DeJarlais
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Slushy spring-y hike - will com back for more pics and slower pace Killer view of the peak once you make that last turn, especially in clear weather. Reservoir is low.

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Shelby Dahl
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Microspikes. For the love of everything use them. we weren't able to finish the trail without them (although somehow others did) even with my poles. the only way I made it as far as I did was because of the poles. the first half (before the valley) is more of a climb than a hike, but its a lot of fun. Walking through the valley is absolutely gorgeous and totally worth the hard work. I wish we could have seen the lake, but maybe in the summer. Also, DO NOT attempt crossing the waterfall right now without really good spikes and poles together.

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Emiko Ellis
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A little icy! We did it without spikes though :) BEAUTIFUL, totally worth the work to get there. The dog is happy!

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Kevin Ingstrup
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Jeff Farinosi
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Beautiful hike here and now this is in my top ten intermediate hikes in CO! Hiked with my Heeler-Border Collie mix and friends 4/10 and glad we brought spikes. Not totally necessary but avoided slick spots. Some private road traveling in the beginning and near the reservoir, but scenic. Nice variety of terrain. Go!

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Mike Kemmler
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Little steep for me

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Brooke Bee
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Amazing trail. Anyone who says otherwise is LYING. Definitely in my top five. This is a dream for a water loving dog as well. Go now before the ice melts off the mountains. The views at the res are incredible. Needed spikes for like two parts on the trail.

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jose pacheco
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spikes were extremely helpful, although might be able to get buy without. nice views at reservoir

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Nancy Elliott
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One of my favorite trail having different terrains, waterfalls, creeks, and a super beautiful view of the reservoir at the end. The trail is currently mostly icey, however very do able and fun with spikes. Be prepare for a good leg workout since there are steeps hills and hiking over lots of rocks. Some hikers mentioned the disappointment of seeing roads the first half a mile or so (it feel really long cause its mostly up hill), however that's just to get to the trail start point. Don't let that get you down. Once on the trail (after you get to the gate), it is well worth it. Everything is beautiful and the terrain continues to change as you get hike your way to the reservoir. Brought my Mini Australian Sheppard and she loved the hike. Bring spikes, water, and be mentally prepare, as its not a walk in the park, however very doable.

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Lia Plankenhorn
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Couple things to note: park by the little creek in town, the first bit takes you up a fairly steep dirt road past some fun mountain homes (you cannot park up here so don't bother driving up!), then when you reach the trail head, there is a considerable amount of ice left so bring spikes! The trail takes you up up and up, steady incline at times pretty steep, and some long switchbacks. Once the trail flattens out a bit it takes you by some really neat boulders and rock formations, seems likes classic mountain lion territory (and it is), hence the Catamount name. After climbing up further, you hit another road, a service road that takes you to the reservoir that is the end of this hike. Wow we didn't expect such a view! You look across the frozen reservoir at Pikes Peak and surrounding mountains, stunning. Great spot for a picnic! All in all a pretty nice hike, on the way back snow gut slushy and annoying, but we kept our spikes on the avoid too much slipping.

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E Smith
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I was super disappointed that I drove all the way out there before realizing that the first mile (or more) of the trail is literally just a road.

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Elizabeth Koslosky
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First part of trail is a nice incline. I wore my spikes. There is still lots of snow towards the middle. I did not do the whole trail.

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Tony Stark44
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Leslie Perez
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Went this morning at 5am. Spikes are definitely needed. The trail is well packed but the snow is about 7-8 inches closer to the reservoir so some spots your foot goes deeper. All in all it’s what’s expected of this season and wasn’t anything “out of the ordinary” for hiking after a snowstorm a week earlier. Beautiful day! For some reason my recorder stopped at the top

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Matthew Arceneaux
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Very good trail, definitely recommend spikes if attempting this trail soon

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Jelsy Martinez
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It was a beautiful trail, but we did not wear spikes. Did not make it to the reservoir. Very icy.

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Brienna Ross
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Snowy but totally doable with spikes! Beautiful hike, a little anticlimactic ending at a service road.

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Eathan Nierengarten
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Nice

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