Summary: The hike starts out paved with a great view of the South Falls, then turns to gravel and levels out as you go behind the South Falls (very cool). Then you follow the South Fork of Sliver Creek to the Lower South Falls, again you walk behind it. 3/10 of a mile further up the trail you come to the junction where you can take the Trail of 10 Falls/Canyon trail or in our case, take the "right" and head up the Maple Ridge Trail which is a sustained climb of about 3/4 of a mile back up to the parking lot. This trail can be muddy in the winter. This is not wheel chair accessable, it also not stroller accessable.
Trailhead: The way to Silver Falls State Park is well marked. From I-5 take the Hwy 22 (east) exit and drive 5.4 miles to the 214 Silver Falls exit. Then follow the signs on 214 for 16 miles till you come to the park entrance and the toll both. Cost is $5 for a day pass and they provide very nice color maps. There is a snack shop, cafe, and gift shop at the trail head. The South Falls/ Maple Ridge loop is just one of a number of hikes available in the park. Follow the signs to the trailhead. (Lat:44.8921 Lon:-122.5944)
Trail Guides for South Falls Ridge Line Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: State of Oregon Park System
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Craig Cole, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jdd on 2/19/2013
Cool, I'm the first to review this. I guess fewer people will see it later on, but anyway, yeah. This hike is nice if you don't have all day to hike, but you still want to go to Silver Falls. I love hoe you can go behind both falls, and nearby Frenchie Falls is along there,too. Many people don't realize how many other trails there are at this park than just the Trail of 10 Falls. Try the Buck Ridge Loop sometime, or go to Shellburg Falls. The lengthy Perimeter Trail connects almost everything in this park, which is nice. Anyway, great hike. Great park. I am reviewer UNO!!
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