Cataract Falls

Great Falls, Montana 59405

Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Cataract Falls is an excellent camping and hiking destination in a remote area of the Rocky Mountain Front. At the beginning of the short stroll, be prepared for a challenging creek crossing. The elegant cascade tumbles 90 feet down a cliff, feathering into multiple channels.

The trailhead is located where Horse Creek and Cataract Creek both enter Elk Creek. What would normally be an easy hike does have one significant obstacle: crossing medium-sized Elk Creek. Depending on the height of the water, you may choose to wade, find a log to cross upstream, or step across the large stones. Once you get across, the wide trail leads you around a curve to the left through tall Douglas fir."

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Trail Information

Great Falls
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
0.4 miles
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
20 minutes
Duration
May-Oct
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Lewis and Clark National Forest, 101 15th St. N., Great Falls, MT 59401; (406)-791-7700; fs.usda.gov/lcnf
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 56, A3; USGS Quad Steamboat Mountain
Local Maps