Silver Falls State Park- Oregon

This post will be short and sweet… on words anyway. While planning my route back to my home state of Washington I discovered a place in Oregon that I was amazed I’d never heard of, especially since I grew up only a few hours away. Silver Falls State Park is a waterfall lovers paradise! It is located about 25 miles east of Salem, only an hour drive from Portland.

The entire park is lovely, but the main attraction is the Trail of Ten Falls. You can hike all or part of it, but in order to see all ten of these magnificent falls you’ll cover 8.7 miles of easy to moderate hiking on a series of several trails.

Unfortunately my arrival at Silver Falls coincided with a heavy rain that is typical to the northwest in the spring. I set up camp in the mud and rain and hunkered down for the night hoping the weather would clear by morning. It didn’t. If anything it was raining even harder and was predicted to do so far days.

So… after a quick wet walk with the dogs I tucked them back in the motorhome and drove to the trailhead. There I donned rain pants, rain jacket, backpack, and… to protect my gear… a big poncho. With camera in one hand and tripod in the other I set out down the soggy wet trail.

This is what I found…

South Falls- 177′ (The trail takes you behind this waterfall)

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

South Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

South Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

South Falls

The entire trail system follows along both the north and south fork of Silver Creek. There’s an obvious reason the forest is so lush and green, and I was walking in it! The rain that is, in addition to the forest. 🙂

South Fork Silver Creek, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

South Fork Silver Creek

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

South Fork Silver Creek

I came upon very few people and this one little Rough-skinned Newt during my entire hike. All other creatures were seemingly wise enough to stay someplace warm and dry.

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Rough Skinned Newt

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Bow in South Fork Silver Creek

Lower South Falls, 93′ (again the trail leads behind the fall)

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Lower South Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

North Fork Silver Creek

Lower North Falls, 30′

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Lower North Falls

Double Falls, (upper barely showing) the two combined are a total of 178′

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Double Falls (upper barely visible)

Drake Falls, 27′

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Drake Falls

Middle North Falls, 106′ (there is a short separate trail that takes you behind this fall as well)

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Middle North Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Middle North Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Winter Creek

Winter Falls, 134′

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Winter Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Rim Train

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Rim Train

Upper North Falls, 65′

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Upper North Falls

North Falls, 136′. Of all of the falls I think this was my favorite. The trail leads to a large cavernous space behind the falls and beyond to a wonderfully climactic view of my final fall.

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

North Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

North Falls from behind

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

North Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Little cascade along Canyon Trail

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

North Fork Silver Creek

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Young Fern

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

White Snakeroot

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Canyon Trail

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

North Fork Silver Creek

Silver Creek, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

North Fork

Even in the pouring rain hiking these trails was a rewarding experience, and one I would recommend to anyone who lives in the northwest or has plans of traveling there. Personally, I hope to find my way back to enjoy it all over again… on a warm sunny day.

From Silver Falls I continued my trek to Washington for some down time with family and friends. While there I left Jazzy and Sadie in the loving care of my mother and step-father and hopped a plane to Texas to visit Elissa and many friends. Together Elissa and I did a three day road trip to my 48th and final continental US state since my journey began! That story is up next!!!!

 

(Visited 107 times, 1 visits today)

6 thoughts on “Silver Falls State Park- Oregon

  1. I have not posted on your blog before. we met you in death valley. These photos are really amazing. I just love seeing the united states with your pictures. We will be visiting these same sights with your help. Thanks so much. Looking forward to meeting up with you when you get down San diego way. Chach (like chacha) and Shelly

    • Wonderful to hear from you two! I’m glad to know you’re enjoying the US through my eyes, and that you will one day see many of these places in person! I’m visiting some spectacular places in Canada now, so stay tuned! 🙂

  2. What an absolutely beautiful place. Ten waterfalls in one park and all of them are amazing.

    Safe Journey

    Gina

  3. Fran,
    These pictures just lowered stress level by leaps and bounds. I hope to get there in person one of these years. I was so nice to visit with you while you were home in Texas last month.
    Safe travels and I look forward to another round of beautiful sites!

    • Wow! That’s quite a compliment! Glad to know my images are therapeutic!:-) It was wonderful to see you and all my other neighborhood friends Martha. My next post is closer to home for you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *