Lower Cataract Loop Trail

EASY 70 reviews
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Lower Cataract Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

trail running

lake

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 days ago

Great 4k hike to go with the family!! We loved it!

hiking
10 days ago

Well kept trail, perfect hike to help adjust to the elevation, without sacrificing breathtaking views. I came right from sea level to the mountains and was really feeling the altitude so this hike was almost totally flat which helped. Also the trail heads a little lower at 8,500 feet.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

12 days ago

This is an awesome family friendly hike. We did it at the beginning of our vacation week and it was a great way to ease into the altitude. Lots of pretty views & a waterfall. Loved it!

13 days ago

Beautiful wildflowers and lake on a trail that's not too difficult even for small dogs.

16 days ago

Beautiful hike. It is up a dirt road to get to it. The trail is narrow but super easy all around. The wild flowers are beautiful but bring out the bugs. You may want some repellent this time of year. The falls are nice but the best full view is at the beginning. At the end you go thru an aspen forest. Definitely done good variety in the scenery for a short hike. Perfect for kids

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

I am a flat lander, well maybe. This trail was a amazing experience for me. The falls are spectacular as seen from the TH. Take your photos of the falls from that point of view. You are in with the trees and/or you are above the lake most of the time giving you the best view of the lake but not the falls. Fortunately there is a wonderful bridge that crosses the water near the falls to get on the other side of the lake. The very easiest part of the hike is on the side to your left of the falls. I started on the trail to my right as I faced the falls, taking the road. Stop and take in the scenery along the way.

That day there were many hikers. They were all very friendly and encouraging. Thank you all for that consideration. I must have looked very much like that flat lander. The hike was a confirmation of my power to overcome an injury I had in January, a broken ankle. This beautiful hike and the people friendly experience gave me complete joy.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike with wild flowers, the lake, and a waterfall. Surprisingly has all different types of trail from woody forested areas to open fields with flowers.

hiking
23 days ago

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24 days ago

28 days ago

beautiful lake, waterfall and wildflowers. good hike for kids and flat landers
my dogs almost attached by unleashed dog.
dogs need to on leash in wilderness area.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I took our 3 boys; 11, 4, 1. It wasn't too bad difficulty wise. My 4 year old led the way. A around a mile in is the waterfall. It's really is amazing. You can hear it from the lake which the trail loops around. Worth it. Not a bad place to put in a canoe or kayak.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Wildflowers are absolutely spectacular!!!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

It may be a drive to this hike but it's well worth it. Great wildflowers, a waterfall and great scenery. I would consider this an easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to hike. Loved the waterfall.