Use of Trail:
4.9 Miles Round Trip
Catamount Trail is a six mile roundtrip and moderately difficult hike with an elevation gain of around 1,700 ft. You start in the small town of Green Mountain Falls and end up at South Catamount Reservoir, one of two reservoirs located near Pikes Peak. The beginning of the trail is fairly rocky and includes numerous switchbacks. Eventually, you will go through a beautiful open field called the Garden of Eden. During the spring and summer months you'll see an abundance of stunning wildflowers here. As you continue along the trail you will come to a dirt road. Take a right and follow the dirt road to South Catamount Reservoir. There, you'll find are plenty of picnic tables and restroom facilities along with great views of Pikes Peak. This is a pet friendly hike.
As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks.
Wear the appropriate shoes and clothing depending on the time of year.
. May to October is the best time to make this hike.
Directions to Trailhead
From I-25 in Colorado Springs, take exit 141 and go west on Hwy 24. After the town of Cascade, look for the Green Mountain Falls/Chipita Park exit on the left. Take Ute Pass Ave. on the left (south) and head for the center of town. You can park by the small lake or across from Hondo Ave. You must walk up either Hondo Ave or Belvidere Ave to access the trailhead located by Catamount Falls on the west end of the town.
Before attempting a Catamount Trail hike, please consult our tips on high altitude
Very detailed trail information for Catamount can be found on POCKET PALS Trail Map #9, which is available for sale at the Colorado Springs Visitor’s Center at 515 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO (800) 888-4748.
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