CATAMOUNT TRAIL - SILVER FALLS STATE PARK
The Catamount Trail and Newt Loop at Silver Falls State Park are now open, as of May 1st, 2016! We think you will enjoy the lovely big trees and rolling cross-country style. Come on out for a ride or hike and take a look at what all our hard work has produced. Watch this video to get inspired!
Thanks to another generous grant from our friends at REI, SATA has constructed a beginner-friendly loop connecting the 214 trailhead to the west end of Phase I, complete with skill stations to keep you learning and growing. We are also very happy to report that SATA has been awarded a federal Recreational Trails Program grant to help us construct two more miles of trail at the east end, including a connection to your favorite trails at Shellburg Falls. The final product will nearly double the length of the current Catamount Trail by early 2018! We are delighted to have secured the services of the professional trail building company Dirt Mechanics of Bend, OR, to design and build this trail. You may know their work from COTA trails, the new Lawler Extension, Prineville Bike Park, Spence Mountain in Klamath Falls and Mt. Bachelor trails. Please thank Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) for making this grant available, and your legislators for having the foresight to dedicate funding for recreational trails. But as you might suspect, there is no such thing as a free lunch--for every dollar the grant pays toward trail construction, SATA has to come up with 30 cents to match it. Here is how you can help:
- Come to work parties and give your time! Every hour of volunteer labor counts $25 toward our match.
- Keep your eye on our calendar!
- Donate directly to SATA! A donation for trails makes a very cool holiday gift as well. Let us know if you want your money to go directly to the Catamount Trail project, or if SATA should use it where we need it most.
- Join SATA! Every dollar stays right here, and you can get cool SATA swag, too.
- Come ride or hike the Catamount Trail and Newt Loop! No, it doesn’t bring in money, but SATA and Silver Falls State Park wants you to enjoy this wonderful resource.