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Catamount Trail (Green Mountain Falls)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (11)

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


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

9,243' 2,817 m

High

8,078' 2,462 m

Low

1,195' 364 m

Up

30' 9 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

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Features Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · 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, Hike uphill on Hondo Avenue until you reach a gate that blocks access to traffic and enter past it. A short bit of hiking 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 hiking 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 hike the remaining few tenths of a mile (going uphill again) before you find the Catamount Reservoir dead ahead.

Flora & Fauna

Chipmunks, Painted Lady Butterflies, Trout in the stream.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Orner with improvements by K Keiter

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  4.7 from 11 votes

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Photos

The Catamount Reservoir with mountains in the background.
Oct 29, 2017 near Cascade…, CO
Wild Raspberries for foraging! Dog looking for shade!
Aug 3, 2020 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
Trail flattens out near the Garden of Eden
Aug 3, 2020 near Cascade…, CO
Trail is narrow with roots and rocks.
Aug 3, 2020 near Cascade…, CO

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Aug 2, 2020
K Keiter
Jun 21, 2020
jessica rogers
Including walk from car to TH- lots of steep grades! Beautiful scenery, especially the Garden of Eden meadow! Enjoyed a beer with RC at reservoir.
Jun 13, 2020
Mike Sanders
May 25, 2020
jessica rogers
With Amelia/Griff. Wrapped up hike with connector trail down to Hondo Rd then walked to downtown/back to car. Several cute mountain cabins.
Apr 28, 2020
Dustin Elder
Aug 25, 2019
Kimberly Taylor
w/ kemar
Aug 17, 2019
Jay Lynn
Apr 22, 2019
Fred Bob
14h 30m