Lower Cataract Lake Trail Loop is short but “oh so sweet”! 

A childlike adventure for both young and old.

 

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Lower Cataract Lake Trail, the perfect casual day hike or beginner snowshoe trek.

It’s early Sept and the fall colors are just starting to turn.

 

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For the best hiking experience, start on the left fork of the trail and go clockwise around the lake.

We anticipated a quick, not to exciting trail, only to be pleasantly surprised at the unexpected beauty surrounding us while wandering through thick Aspen grooves and eventually into a dense spruce-fir forest.

 

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Quite often we spotted views of the lake winding in and out of the trees.

One of the most popular waterfalls in the area is at the wood bridge along the trail.

Sadly, this is late in the season and we missed it. In early spring and through the summer, a large waterfall normally thunders down the mountainside.

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Hiking out the dense forest the trail passes by the lakes marshy area where fisherman enjoyed the waters.

Ascending onward to the trails highest point, things got a bit rockier and narrow, giving us a touch of hiking instead of strolling…

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Impressive views of the Gore Range with the lake below had us stopping often to take it all in. Stunned at how breathtaking the views were.

Leaves were floating aimlessly as we passed under large Aspens trees and hiked through colorful sage bushes until the trail merged with a road that lead us to the end of the loop.

 

 

 

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Looking forward to coming back in early summer and see the waterfall and in winter for a snowshoe trek!

One of those trails that you’ll never get bored on and perfect for a laid back day in any season.

Finding the trailhead: From Silverthorne: Travel north on Hwy 9 out of town towards Green Mountain Reservoir. Just before the reservoir turn left onto Heeney Rd. Travel 5 miles, turn left on Cataract Creek Rd. The road is dirt and slightly narrow and rough in spots but passable. Go past the Surprise Lake Trailhead to the Lower Cataract Lake Trailhead and parking.

TIDBITS

2.5 mile loop

Rated: easy

Trail # 57

Family and dog friendly

Open to: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Fishing

Start Elevation: 8,652’ Minimal elevation gain

Restrooms

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A GENTILE REMINDER: Venturing off trails damages vegetation, leads to erosion and impacts wildlife.

Happy trails…


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