Silver Falls State Park — Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Silver Falls is Oregon's largest state park and is located southeast of Silverton. The Trail of Ten Falls is an 8.7 mile loop trail and is a designated National Recreation Trail. The loop takes you through beautiful Silver Creek Canyon, passing 10 waterfalls along the way. 4 of the falls can be walked behind. Today we hiked a 5.2 mile loop beginning at the South Falls parking lot. This loop passes 7 falls, 3 of which can be walked behind. The trail passes the Silver Falls Lodge which was built by the CCC crews in 1940. The stone and log building can be visited. It was once a restaurant and the tables and chairs used were made from 2 myrtle trees. A few of them remain in the lodge. After visiting the lodge continue to an overlook of South Falls and then continue right and switchback into Silver Creek Canyon to begin the loop which follows Silver Creek. After walking under South Falls continue along the trail to Lower South Falls which you can walk behind to a fork in the trail. Right returns you to the parking lot for a 2.4 mile loop. Continue on the Canyon Trail left to 30 foot Lower North Falls. At a footbridge just above the falls take a short side trail to Double Falls. Continue on the main trail to 27 foot Drake Falls the shortest of the falls. From here continue to Middle North Falls which can also be walked behind via a short spur trail. Soon reach the Winter Falls trail junction. Turn right here for the 1.6 mile return on a trail through the woods to the South Falls parking area to complete the loop. Winter falls will be seen along the way. We have done this hike many times in winter and spring and think it would be beautiful in the fall when the leaves are wearing their brilliant fall colors! However, summer or holidays do not look inviting when you see the many large parking areas at the South Falls picnic and TH area.