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.
dogs on leash
Beautiful lake. Bugs are heavy so wear bug spray.
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.
Beautiful and easy!
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!!
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.
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.
Beautiful and easy hike with the pay off of
Flowers, falls, a beautiful lake, and uncrowded trails. Worth the drive.