Upper Cataract Lake
ElevationAscent: 2,510' 765 m
Descent: -2,510' -765 m
High: 10,946' 3,336 m
Low: 8,632' 2,631 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
Current trail conditions
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“A great shaded trail with multiple high alpine lakes (Surprise, Mirror, and Upper Cataract).”— Trail Run Project Staff
This is a popular weekend backpacking spot, so leave early to score a campsite by one of the three lakes.
Info from USFS can be found here.
The Surprise Lake Trailhead (FDT 62) is at the foot bridge. Approximately 2.35 miles from the trailhead, you'll intersect with the Gore Range Trail (FDT 60). Turn right (west) on the Gore Range Trail, which you'll follow for 0.81 miles until you reach the intersection for the Upper Cataract Lake Trail, which will be on your left (southwest). Travel approximately 2.16 miles to Upper Cataract Lake, which will be on your left. Continue for another 1.31 miles to reach Mirror Lake.
Many views of the Cataract Creek drainage are available along this trail. Fishing is reportedly in both of these lakes.
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Land Manager: USFS - Dillon Ranger District, White River NF