Summary: At the trailhead take the right hand trail, to save the many falls for the return of the loop. You will walk for about 2.5 miles before getting to Winter Falls, an unimpressive trickle in the fall, but a good fall in the spring. After that continue to North Falls. The there and back trail to Upper North Falls was open when I went but has since been closed because of mudslides, so call ahead. After North Falls you will come upon falls after falls so either bring lots of film or be sparing with the camera. The hike culminates in a walk behind amazing South Falls, Oregon's tallest waterfall. Please stay on the trail and out of the water, the rain forest environment is quite fragile.
Trailhead: On I-5n. in salem take hwy 22e to hwy 214e. (silver Falls hwy se.) Following the signs for Silver Falls State Park. Park in the South Falls lot and walk to the trailhead. (Lat:44.88256 Lon:-122.61359)
Trail Guides for Silver Falls Loop:
Oregons state parks
by Jan Grumprecht Bannan (Mountaineers press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Oregon State Parks and Recreation, (503) 378-6305
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Wilson, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jdd on 2/19/2013
BTW South Falls is tall, but not NEARLY the tallest. Multnomah Falls, Mist Falls, Elowah Falls, Latourell Falls, and lesser known Twister Falls on Eagle Creek are all higher. And that's just from the Columbia Gorge. This hike does have a very high quantity of tall waterfalls though. It almost rivals Eagle Creek.
Reviewed by mjd on 1/28/2011
Silver Falls is an awesome hike. However, Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River Gorge is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. That too is a nice hike!
Reviewed by Jean on 9/23/2010
This is a gorgeous hike. It is well worth doing the entire hike. There are tons of people at the ends of the trail, North Falls and South Falls, but as you get towards the middle there are far fewer people. We've done it in late August, early September and mid-May. September was nice because it was after school started and we were there in the middle of the week. By far, it had the fewest people. Mid-may was the best for the water falls. Late August we saw people with no water and flip flops that thought they were going to hike the entire trail. Do come prepared. We have hiked back using the rim trail (nothing spectacular). We have also ridden bikes back, which is the quicker option. My favorite hike is the perimeter trail.
Reviewed by jddwiggins on 7/15/2009
Actualy what I think is cool is that since there are more than one trailhead for this thing, you can get to some falls in less than a half a mile! Now I have not personally done this (yet)but I suggest starting at the North falls trailhead (if you're coming from the east side, which you should be) and going 0.7 miles north, then back down the (only dogs allowed trail)Rim trail. I suggest following it south 2.5 miles to South falls lodge past Winter falls all the way to South falls. You might see the sign at South falls pointing north to a a trail going 75 feet up around a bend to tall, little Frenchie falls. If it's mid summer, both Frenchie and Winter falls will just be little drips going down a slope. So, any way, it's awesome. GO THER
Reviewed by Ashley on 5/31/2009
I love silver creek falls!! Its a very nice place to visit if your in Oregon. Stay on the trails though, I got Really bad poison oak.
Reviewed by Michelle on 4/22/2009
Beautiful place, definatly worth checking out. There are actually a total of 4 waterfalls you can walk behind. I can't say i'd go back because of the fact that it is rediculously corowded other than that it is an easy gorgeous hike!!
Reviewed by LTAR on 4/16/2009
We did this after doing Multnomah Falls a few days before. Waterfalls are definitely an amazing natural source of beauty. Great relaxing hike, don't forget your water, though. Actually hiked it on March 12, 2009. The stairs and parts of the paved trail were encases in ice, be careful this time of year.
Reviewed by Rosi on 4/5/2009
We're blessed to have Silver Falls just 20 minutes from home so we hike it weekly. There are a lot of posts stating the trails are crowded -the Summer is definitely more crowded but Spring, Fall & Winter (not icy days!) are a great time to hit these trails. When we've arrived early we've been blessed with only seeing 4 to 6 people on an 8 mile loop. Great for a family hike with ambitious kids. My 8 year old has done all of the hikes with me and I have to work to keep up with her. As for the "no dogs" I am a dog lover but I have to say I am very glad there are no dogs on the canyon trails. They are too narrow and it would be dangerous. Dogs ARE allowed on the rim with plenty of room to roam! Enjoy the stunning beauty!
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