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Cat Basin Primitive Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 54' 17 m
Descent: -804' -245 m
High: 5,070' 1,545 m
Low: 4,269' 1,301 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This out-and-back trail provides isolation and good views of Mount Olympus.

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

There are some off camber, loose gravel sections susceptible to erosion. Occasional trees across the trail.

Description

This trail is also sometimes called Cat Peak Primitive Trail. Despite its name, it is a well constructed and easy to follow. Begin from the High Divide Trail above Heart Lake. Run eastward along an impressive ridgeline, passing through beautiful meadows and clumps of trees. Start descending and soon arrive at the junction with the Swimming Bear Lake Way Trail which heads off to the north. Continue downhill on the Cat Basin trail back to the ridge where the Bailey Range Way Trail branches off heading southeast. To reach the terminus of Cat Basin trail, leave the ridge and instead run northeast down into a cirque high above Cat Creek. The trail ends somewhat unceremoniously at a signpost.

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Purple flora on High Divide
Feb 25, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Another last look of snow.. descending!
Mar 30, 2016 near Port An…, WA

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