Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park is 25 miles east of Salem, OR. It is one of the oldest, largest, and most popular state parks in Oregon. It is one of those places that you just have to get to some time. I had a couple of free weekdays with good weather in early April 2013 so I decided to take the two and a half hour drive down and camp there for the night.

The fame of the place is the Trail of Ten Falls, a loop hike that goes by up to ten falls, if you include some detours. And one feature is that the trail leads behind a number of the falls. Although advertised as 8.7 miles, the loop is closer to 7 miles. A side trail that goes by no waterfalls makes up the full total. I actually did variations of the hike twice on this trip, the first afternoon, and the following morning.

South Falls

The trail behind the waterfall

Lower South Falls

The Canyon Trail makes up a large portion of the Trail of Ten Falls

Lower North Falls

Double Falls - note the upper tier on the upper right

Drake Falls

Middle North Falls

Behind Middle North Falls

North Falls

Behind North Falls - a huge area

Winter Falls

The Rim Trail finishes the loop