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Catamount Trail (Green Mountain Falls)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point
78% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,195' 364 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 9,243' 2,817 m
Low: 8,078' 2,462 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by David Orner

A moderate trail that climbs from the town of Green Mountain Falls up to the South Catamount Reservoir.

David Orner

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Description

You cannot park on the road leading to the trailhead; park nearby in town instead (there are a couple dirt pulloffs you can park at).

To get to the trailhead, Run uphill on Hondo Avenue until you reach a gate that blocks access to traffic and enter past it. A short bit of running later, you'll come across a sign labeling Catamount Trail in addition to Thomas Trail, which shares a trailhead. The Catamount Trail is indicated with blue dot markers, so follow those as you begin.

At the previously mentioned sign, scramble over the rocks to begin your ascent. The first half of this trail is mostly uphill via a number of switchbacks. Once you've taken the final switchback, the terrain will level out and you'll be greeted with a sign advising that you are entering the "Garden of Eden". Garden of Eden is very pretty and definitely worth taking your time running through on your way to the reservoir.

Once you've finished the garden, you'll be dumped onto a forest service road where you can run the remaining few tenths of a mile (going uphill again) before you find the Catamount Reservoir dead ahead.

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The Catamount Reservoir with mountains in the background.
Oct 29, 2017 near Cascade…, CO
One of many small creeks found along the trail
Oct 29, 2017 near Cascade…, CO
One of many small waterfalls.
Oct 29, 2017 near Cascade…, CO

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