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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

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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bugs
rocky
9 minutes ago

Awesome trail with gorgeous views and wildflowers. It's a loop trail but going clockwise to falls has more flowers and access to lake. Trail past falls is narrow and has a good elevation gain with some drop offs so if you have little children I would turn around at falls. Road to trailhead is dirt road and narrow in spots but easily navigated in a car. Watch for bald eagles as you drive to Cataract Creek Road as there is a nest next to Blue River reservoir as you turn inland. It's been there for years. An adult was perched on limb and an eaglet was in the nest.

hiking
bugs
5 hours ago

My second hike! Awesome landscapes! Fields of flowers and a waterfall. If I get a chance I will be back.

hiking
4 days ago

A great hike for families. Short, beautiful and one of my favorite short hikes. Need bug spray.

hiking
5 days ago

The wildflowers are beautiful. LOTS of mosquitoes. Would have been more enjoyable with insect repellent. Right (north) side of trail quite overgrown so narrow. Better trail and prettier on south side. The flowers and falls are gorgeous.

hiking
bugs
over grown
6 days ago

Absolutely beautiful wild flowers, woods, waterfall and river! Would DEFINITELY hike again. Be sure to bring bug spray. This is an easy hike.

hiking
10 days ago

great hike for first few days in Colorado. had beautiful wild flowers along the trail.

hiking
11 days ago

Heavily trafficked on a holiday weekend. Very beautiful, easy hike. Abundant wildflowers, particularly Columbine. The very discouraging part is I’m writing this review while sitting in Hwy 9 back into town. Over an hour just sitting in traffic. This drive is longer than it took to do the hike. :(

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bugs
muddy
12 days ago

Seriously beautiful views on this trail. Some muddy areas in the meadow north of the lake. A bit steep in places but nothing my 8 and 5 year olds couldn’t handle. Saw a few mosquitos in the wooded areas. Wildflower were amazing!

hiking
bugs
12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

went with a friend. really easy, beautiful view of waterfall. want to go back and climb to the top of the water fall.

hiking
14 days ago

Great family hike spot. There are picnic tables next to the lake just down the Lakeshore trail from the trailhead. Great place to enjoy lunch after the loop.

hiking
14 days ago

7/3/2019 wild flowers are abundant, falls are spectacular. trail mostly dry except a few small wet and or muddy areas. Can't wait to walk this again.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked Lower Cataract Lake loop on Friday, 6/28. Trail was in good shape most of the way, other than a muddy / mushy section (only 30 yds long) on the far end. Waterfall at the far end is beautiful - lots of water. Lots of wildflowers along the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this June 15. It was an easy hike, and Cataract Falls was roaring and beautiful. Lots of wildflowers, and a large beaver dam where the creek flows into the lake. Not too crowded, even though it was the weekend. Will definitely do this again!

hiking
1 month ago

View is beautiful. A little muddy by the waterfall but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful morning & beautiful trail. Will be back. Just a little bit of mud at the far end near the waterfall, but otherwise perfect conditions. Calm lake, rushing waterfall, tons of birds. Saw my first lupines of the season blooming in a field while driving up the dirt road to the trailhead. No service on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Easy, great views, a few places with mud/puddles.

hiking
9 months ago

Five stars for the hike. It's a beautiful lake with many aspens, and pretty short, so most anyone can walk around the entire thing and get the experience of a natural lake in an alpine setting. However, negative four stars for the drive getting there. The last two miles is a dirt road with lots of ruts and small potholes. I saw large SUV's and trucks just cruising along, but anyone in a sedan and a fear of blowing a tire should be wary. Also, the road is so narrow at points that I was surprised that two cars could pass, esp. since the drop-off was very steep with no guardrail.

9 months ago

Wow! Heaven on earth. It’s such a beautiful expanse. Has a little bit of every terrain. Not too long and not to difficult. Perfect. Took about 2 hours to do loop. We stopped a lot to take pictures. You could easily run this loop.

9 months ago

Beautiful! Spectacular fall color

9 months ago

Beautiful, well marked trail. I hike this trail every season, it never ceases to impress me!!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful fall colors!!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice scenic lake. Easy trail. Hiked on 9/15/18. Aspens turning but not yet peak here at the lake (though is in nearby places). Warm week.

hiking
10 months ago

An easy but narrow trail encircling this scenic lake. Beaver-dammed pond at far end, always a treat to see. Plenty of parking at trail head and space was available on Labor Day at noon!

10 months ago

Beautiful hike around the lake. Wonderful views around the basin and of the waterfall. Saw a mule deer doe on the lower field.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Sweet, simple, and to the point.

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