Lower Cataract Loop Trail

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Lower Cataract Loop Trail is a 2.3 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
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

trail running

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
1 day ago

Nice easy hike around the lower lake. Tried fishing, but didnt even see a fish. Very busy trail. Perfect for families.

hiking
10 days ago

Sweet, simple, and to the point.

19 days ago

This 2.3 mile loop trail around the lake is an easy trail (only 230 feet elevation gain) that offers a view of a waterfall cascading from perhaps 200-300 feet above. The sound of the waterfall accompanied us on most of the hike. The start of the hike (8:40am) was the most exciting....we were met early-on by a skinny fox who had just caught a chipmunk. I would have expected the fox to run away quickly, but he was much more intent upon securing the chipmunk in his mouth before making his exit. We also enjoyed seeing a huge beaver dam, but...no beavers. We completed the hike in about 1-1/2 hours, stopping to talk to a few couples along the way.

hiking
27 days ago

amazing views, fairly easy hike with changing views at every turn! took a little longer than we had planned! pack plenty of water. my 4 yr old was getting tired but not to steep to ride on her dads shoulders off and on! wear sunscreen and take bug spray. only downfall were the mosquitos were pretty thick. the views were spectacular and well worth the drive off the beaten path! would definitely do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular views, tons of variety in the landscape (valleys, mountain surround, waterfall, wildflowers, pine and aspen forests) and worth every bit of a trip to Colorado. My family including 3 kids ages 11, 9 and a very strong 5 year old made it around in about 3.5 hours with lunch, snack and several rest stops. There’s a lot of sun and some bugs, but neither were too bad.

There was a slightly tricky part for our 5 year old while climbing (2/3 of the way, we went left along the creek at the beginning) where there were lots of stones and roots to step over along a high, narrow ridge. If kids are young, timid or too rowdy, it would still be a worthwhile hike to turn back shortly after the waterfall.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike around the lake. Bring bug spray!!

1 month ago

This hike is beautiful and fairly easy. I would suggest bug spray, the mosquitos are ridiculously abundant and hungry.

hiking
1 month ago

great trail. beautiful views with amazing wild flowers; there was a section of a field full of Columbine flowers.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, not tough at all and a great distance. Gorgeous views of the lake and lots of wildflowers... they were beautiful! In the wooded area there were a lot of mosquitos so beware of that. Great trail and I would highly recommend it!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The flowers are in bloom and gorgeous!

2 months ago

The narrow trail has some rocky parts and small incline. Good for all ages. So worth the drive - longer than the walk.
The lake has folks fishing out in a kayak and from the shore. The surrounding beauty and serenity are Colorado.

2 months ago

Easy 2.3 miles with minimal elevation. Beautiful waterfall about half way around.

hiking
2 months ago

Spring came early this year so the trail is dry for the most part. (Its typically muddy on the trail near the Cataract) Everything was insanely neon green and breathtaking with the dark blue water!

Great loop trail with lake, waterfall and flora.

hiking
9 months ago

Great option for flatlanders. All the aspen leaves have fallen, leaving great views around the lake. Lots of ducks and geese sheltering in west end near falls.

10 months ago

We really enjoyed the hike!

10 months ago

This is a great trail to do if you are just starting off with hiking and want to see some of Colorado's gorgeous views! I have only hiked once before and this was comfortable for me. We went in October and it was very muddy, so keep that in mind when deciding on shoes. The scenery we saw while hiking this area was out of this world!

hiking
10 months ago

What a delightful surprise! Went on a Friday afternoon in late Sept. Stunning leaves! Hardly any people. I didn't run into anyone on the trail! This is an easy trail, but there are some very steep and narrow areas. There is a massive waterfall coming off one of the mountains that feeds the lake. It is worth the short drive from Silverthorne.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful lake and trail. Narrow but easy trail to navigate. There are a few tricky spots where you could slide down steep dirt without proper shoes. Not too busy and plenty of parking.

11 months ago

loved it, easy if you go slow. as an asthmatic who forgot her inhaler, I went slow and held my own.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice easy trail with varied terrain, some woods, some open area. Nice views of the lake and pretty little cascades at the far end of the trail with a well built bridge across it. Perfect for the first day of my trip to acclimate to the altitude. Trail is a bit narrow through the vegetation in some places, but overall an easy trail to navigate.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike! Great for family and flatlanders. It was a little challenging for my 5 year old who isn't used to hiking but we made it around the lake with a few breaks. Cool waterfall with a boardwalk about halfway. About 3 miles of dirt road to get there. A few picnic tables along the lake and a clean restroom near the trailhead.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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
Monday, July 31, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

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