Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
7.80 mi (12.55 km)
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Silver Falls State Park has the second highest concentration of waterfalls in Oregon (the Colombia River Gorge has the first), and 10 of these falls are on display throughout this superb and relatively level hike.  Additionally, the trail showcases one of the broadest collections of flora in the state.  For the best views of the falls, start at North Falls Trailhead and walk west on the Rim Trail toward the 177-foot South Falls.  Continue down the Canyon Trail to see the remaining falls and accompanying swimming holes.  The trail ends near the dramatic 136-foot North Falls.  The basalt amphitheater provides an impressive stage for North Falls, and the deep grotto cantilever allows you to fully experience their force.  These falls are also much louder than the others because the high flow pushes out of the narrow top chute to blast the boulders below.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

10 waterfalls. Old-growth forest. Amazing wildflowers.

Cons

Peak summer crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

1,480.00 ft (451.10 m)

Net Elevation Gain

700.00 ft (213.36 m)

Features

Historically significant
Waterfalls
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

10/26/2010
An understandably popular trail. But, despite the crowds, the convenience of exploring 10 waterfalls in a fairly short trail is incomparable.
04/30/2016
This is the third time I have hiked this trail. The previous two times were about about 10-15 years ago when I was young. I say with pleasure that they haven't changed. The falls are still beautiful, the grounds are still clean, the trails are well maintained. It is beautiful area. There are a lot of people that traverse the area, so if that is something you don't like, I would avoid this trail on the weekends.
01/31/2016
This is a great place to explore at any time of the year. However, I think that picking a day when it's raining gives you an extra treat because the waterfalls are even more powerful! Bonus: less crowds. Just make sure you're wearing the appropriate clothing!
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