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Cattail Falls Hike

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Cattail Falls Hike
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2018, 07:24:17 PM »
Are you planning on leaving a car at Sam Nail then driving up to the Basin to begin your hike? If so I say go for it!
Get an early start, the Window is very popular few folks early, spend a little time at The Window. The real view is at the top of the Oak Spring Cut Off, this is where you'll want to spend some time. The view is great on the way down to the Cattail Falls trail, then the  junction of OSC Trail and CT Falls trail is a good shady spot for a break. From there to the falls is easy enough and well worth the effort.
The hike out to Sam Nail would be far easier than returning to the Basin, but if you are up for the return trip to the Basin it'll be worth it

We only have 1 vehicle so we can't set up a car shuttle.  After reading your reply I think we might start at Sam Nail and hike to Cattail Falls and then on to the Window.  Then we'll head back to Sam Nail.  It would be a little shorter hike with less elevation gain.

You used to be able to ask the folks at the desk in the lodge to shuttle you to Sam Nail, as far as I know you still can. It cost $50 last time I did it a few years ago. Ask them the night before you want it.

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Re: Cattail Falls Hike
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2018, 07:40:35 PM »
Are you planning on leaving a car at Sam Nail then driving up to the Basin to begin your hike? If so I say go for it!
Get an early start, the Window is very popular few folks early, spend a little time at The Window. The real view is at the top of the Oak Spring Cut Off, this is where you'll want to spend some time. The view is great on the way down to the Cattail Falls trail, then the  junction of OSC Trail and CT Falls trail is a good shady spot for a break. From there to the falls is easy enough and well worth the effort.
The hike out to Sam Nail would be far easier than returning to the Basin, but if you are up for the return trip to the Basin it'll be worth it

We only have 1 vehicle so we can't set up a car shuttle.  After reading your reply I think we might start at Sam Nail and hike to Cattail Falls and then on to the Window.  Then we'll head back to Sam Nail.  It would be a little shorter hike with less elevation gain.

Yeah, I think that's the right choice. Good luck!!!!! Post pics, if you can.
That's the ticket! Spend the morning at the falls, then the late afternoon at the Oak Spring Cut Off high point and walk down into the sunset. Maybe you'll get lucky and you'll have one of those golden green sunsets that you can walk into, Those that have done it know just what I mean.

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Re: Cattail Falls Hike
« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2018, 08:17:30 PM »
Are you planning on leaving a car at Sam Nail then driving up to the Basin to begin your hike? If so I say go for it!
Get an early start, the Window is very popular few folks early, spend a little time at The Window. The real view is at the top of the Oak Spring Cut Off, this is where you'll want to spend some time. The view is great on the way down to the Cattail Falls trail, then the  junction of OSC Trail and CT Falls trail is a good shady spot for a break. From there to the falls is easy enough and well worth the effort.
The hike out to Sam Nail would be far easier than returning to the Basin, but if you are up for the return trip to the Basin it'll be worth it

We only have 1 vehicle so we can't set up a car shuttle.  After reading your reply I think we might start at Sam Nail and hike to Cattail Falls and then on to the Window.  Then we'll head back to Sam Nail.  It would be a little shorter hike with less elevation gain.

Yeah, I think that's the right choice. Good luck!!!!! Post pics, if you can.
That's the ticket! Spend the morning at the falls, then the late afternoon at the Oak Spring Cut Off high point and walk down into the sunset. Maybe you'll get lucky and you'll have one of those golden green sunsets that you can walk into, Those that have done it know just what I mean.
Or this. :)

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Offline Hookim

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Re: Cattail Falls Hike
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2018, 12:55:03 AM »
I've done it. I met a person that was hiking solo, so we had two cars. We  left mine at the Basin, drove to Sam Nell, hiked to the Falls (I've also seen bears in the wash and up on the other side... Also rec taking the designated route). We hiked back to the tree, then hit Oak Springs, up and over to the Window Trail, and back to the Basin. It's probably easier to hike the opposite way, but either way you go is a winner. Sunset at the Window is a must. If the visitor center doesn't have shuttles, just see if you can meet up with others who want to do the route through...

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Re: Cattail Falls Hike
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2018, 11:48:39 AM »
It's about as Rocky as the road but it's natural and lined with interesting native plants.

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