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blue Cataract Trail

Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 63' 19 m
Descent: -1,350' -412 m
High: 1,970' 601 m
Low: 655' 200 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

A serene singletrack along Cataract Creek with many waterfalls.

Nick Wilder

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Description

This steep hike packs a lot into 3 short miles: many waterfalls, beautiful old growth forest, stream burbles, and cooler temps thanks to the deep, dark ravine. There are many steep sections of this trail with sets of stairs, but the trail is in good shape with little erosion.

From the upper parking lot, start out across a sunny meadow but then quickly duck into dense forest filled with ferns and huge oak, bay laurel, and fir trees. Join Cataract Creek and follow its descent all the way to Alpine Lake. Along the way, you'll pass at least 6 waterfalls of varying height. They might dry up in late summer but usually have at least a small flow. The creek sounds can be delightful - be sure to stop for a moment and enjoy the peace!

Once you hit Alpine Lake, the trail soon ends. You could go back the way you came or make a bigger loop using one of the many trails in the area.

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Jun 23, 2019
Peter H
3mi — 1h 00m
Mar 17, 2019
hasmin serpas
Meg mom dylan 2.5mi
Nov 10, 2018
Nick S
Aug 5, 2018
Shankar Shrestha
Total miles: 6 3mi
Jun 9, 2018
Madhu Juneja
May 6, 2018
Jessica Mutschler
Apr 1, 2018
Ryan Clark
7.5mi
Jan 17, 2018
leslie antonis

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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#412

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#4,477

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