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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

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
2 months ago

The views are beautiful. The road going to and from the trailhead is winding and narrow with steep drop offs in parts. The hike is not easy, the trail is narrow and you have to look out for rocks and roots. Even my wife, who hikes on a weekly basis said it was not easy. Dogs are required to be leashed, but we came across 6 dogs that weren't leashed.

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hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful fall colors coming in for this time of year. Good trail for our 12 year old & 6 year old labs.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was absolutely wonderful ! It was the perfect loop to do with my pup and boyfriend for a relaxing hike and parking was easy ( on a thursday afternoon) it is gorgeous with all the leaves changing right now ! stunning rainbow colours through out the trail and the water is crystal clear . easy but incredible views, well maintained through out the entire trail , sooo much beauty!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great loop trail that can be completed in approximately an hour. There are great views all around the lake and the trail is well maintained. The leaf colors were starting to change but I’m assuming next weekend will be the peak time to see the fall colors.

hiking
2 months ago

Great time! The end of the clockwise route of the trail is significantly more difficult! Still a great trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Waterfall, creeks, lake, woods, prairie grass... this one has it all! Saw a huge deer bound in front of me up the trail and also saw a very chill garter snake. Rocky in some parts to sand/gravel. A hiking pole was useful in some scrambly spots but no horrific incline changes. Lots of bugs for CO probably due to the water features; horseflies, mosquitos and wasps. Lots of friendly grasshoppers, and bumblebees now and then. Tons of wildflowers. Last bit of road to trailhead is all gravel and somewhat narrow. Allow extra time to drive this part. Plenty of parking and latrine available. Went on a weekday afternoon and it was extremely quiet.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful hike thru several micro environments with spectacular views of the lake, mountains, wildflower meadows and Aspen groves. Trail was well maintained and clearly marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with the kids (ages 12, 8). Definitely go counter clockwise for the best views!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with 8 year old and 3 year old in backpack. The road to get to the trailhead was terrifying! One lane, no guard rail and steep cliff in other side. The trail was worth it though! The waterfalls were beautiful. A hidden gem!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with some great scenes. Since it’s a loop, you can choose either direction at the start and it won’t make a difference. I would put on some insect repellent if you plan on going in the middle of a summer day. The trail is well kept and there are bridges over the river.

hiking
3 months ago

Man broken ankle

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, beautiful hike. A lot of wildflowers and birds- road to trailhead is easy - wasn’t busy at all for a Friday morning.

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over grown
3 months ago

Mellow hike with amazing views! Went counterclockwise and has great views of the waterfall and got the one uphill part over with. Very narrow trail with a lot of foliage in some places, and meadows in others. The road up was dirt the last 2 miles but not rocky, so doable in any car.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, with views of the mountains, lake, meadows, wildflowers, stream and cataract. Do the hike counter-clockwise for better views and to do the more difficult part first. Arrive early to get a parking spot. Note that the trail is at the end of a two mile narrow dirt road.

hiking
4 months ago

Great scenery! Narrow path most of the way. Bring bug spray.

rocky
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike. North side of trail has steep edges and lots of rocks-made this mom of 3 nervous. South side has lots of shade, gorgeous flowers and beautiful views of the waterfall. If you have kids under 7 I suggest going out and back on the south side and not doing the loop. No fish caught- I wouldn’t suggest bringing your rods. Pretty busy little trail- but that’s not always bad if you’re hiking with a family.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! But it’s more like 4 miles not 2.3... we pick this hike for our older and younger crowd to come with, but it was still too hard for them. The left loop trail is easier and you could do a up and back see the beautiful stream and water falls at the back of the lake, then spend the rest of the afternoon at the lakeshore. We did the whole loop and sent the others to the lakeshore and we met them there. So many flowers! Wow! Beautiful hike, and for a person of good health it’s easy but elderly may have some trouble.

hiking
4 months ago

This is now one of my favorite trails. I did it yesterday. There is something for everyone unless you want lots of elevation gain. The flowers are at peak, there’s a lake, a river, a waterfall, views of peaks. It’s an easy hike with lots of benefits.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail suitable for most hikers. Some climbing over rocks is required. The mosquitoes are fairly bad and there are long stretches in the sun, so bring bug spray and sunscreen.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Beautiful!! I loved every section! Bring bug spray. There plenty of mosquitos. I will repeat this hike.

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bugs
rocky
4 months ago

Wild flowers are in full bloom and the falls are running. You will see most of the flowers on the lower part of the trial. Take plenty of bug spray!

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4 months ago

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rocky
4 months 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.

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bugs
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

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over grown
4 months ago

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

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