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Cattail Falls

Intermediate
 4.2 (13)

A short trail leading from the branch between the Oak Spring Trail to Cattail Springs Falls.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

4,150' 1,265 m

High

3,934' 1,199 m

Low

235' 72 m

Up

19' 6 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This is a well-marked trail that starts from the fork with the Oak Spring Trail. This waterfall/spring is the most active between the Oak Spring Trail and Pine Canyon. Golden Columbine flowers and an orchid can be found here. Pine Canyon also has the columbine but not as prevalent as they can be found on this trail. This hike is easier than both Oak Spring Trail and Pine Canyon for the casual visitor who is seeking wildflowers.

Note that the gravel road leading in from Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is closed a short ways in. You can park, then walk the rest of the gravel road to the trailhead. The total trip from the parking lot, up the gravel road, down the Cattail Falls trail, and back is around 5.5 miles.

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Shared By:

Nathan Carroll with improvements by Kris K

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  4.2 from 13 votes

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Cattail Falls lower pools in December.
Dec 29, 2020 near Big Ben…, TX
An orchid grows at the falls.
Mar 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
The base of the falls houses columbines and orchids.
Mar 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
These falls await at the end of the trail. While not always flowing, they're still great to look at and serve as a great lunch spot.
Mar 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Anticipation builds as you slowly approach the falls.
Mar 21, 2017 near Big Ben…, TX
Oak Spring Trail
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX

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May 5, 2021
David Scott
Apr 7, 2021
Kris K
Road to the trail is still closed. Walked in from the parking lot just off Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Total trip about 5.5 miles. 5.5mi
Feb 5, 2021
denise larson
Jan 20, 2021
Jon Novak
2 mile round trip from the junction, but longer from the actual trailhead. Combine w/ The Window via Oak Spring for a good day. 2mi — 0h 45m
Jan 15, 2021
Jamey Smith
Dec 18, 2020
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Sep 23, 2018
Patti B
Fall were beautiful with all the rain recently. Road leading to hike is closed so added another 4+miles to hike. Told afterward mountain lion area
Mar 8, 2018
Mark Aronson