CATAMOUNT TRAIL - SILVER FALLS STATE PARK
The Catamount Trail at Silver Falls State Park is 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! You can shuttle the trail by taking Lookout Mountain Road 3.0 miles from the 214 trailhead; then take a left at the locked gate and look for signs. Watch this video to get inspired!
Thanks to another generous grant from our friends at REI we will be building again in the fall of 2016. Our plan for Catamount Phase II is to develop a beginner loop connecting the 214 trailhead to the west end of Phase I, complete with challenge features to keep you learning and growing. But wait, there’s more! We are 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! The RTP funds have been officially released as of November 2016, and layout and flagging of the new sections will begin immediately, with clearing and dirt moving after the first of the year, 2017. We are delighted to have secured the services of the professional trail building company Dirt Mechanics of Bend, OR, to do the brushing and machine work. 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, and get IMBA membership as part of the deal.
- Come ride or hike the Catamount Trail! No, it doesn’t bring in money, but SATA and Silver Falls State Park want you to enjoy this wonderful resource.
Watch our calendar and Facebook page for work parties, events and news updates.