John Guilford's Hikes
Trail of Ten Falls, Silver Falls State Park on 2018-07-30
Location: Trail of Ten Falls, Silver Falls State Park
People: (including myself): Pam
Parking Area: 12:30 1400 0
South Falls: 12:45 1400 0.2
Lower South Falls: 1:15 1200 1.2
low point: 1120 1.5
Lower North Falls: 2:30 1220 2.5
Drake Falls: 2:40 1300 2.6
Middle North Falls: 1360 2.8
Winter Falls: 1500 3.4
high point: 1600
Parking Area: 3:30 1400 4.5
It was a pleasant summer day when we visited Silver Fall State Park. It was
sunny and warm but not too hot
(fortunately much of the trail is in the shade.)
We parked in the South Falls Day-use Area
and hiked a portion of the Trail of Ten Falls / Canyon Trail
in the clockwise direction.
From the parking area, it is a short hike to the first falls, namely
South Falls. Just above the falls is a small bridge over South Fork
Silver Creek. When we were there, the lighting on that stretch
of creek and the bridge was very pleasant.
Our average pace on the hike was relatively slow. I brought a tripod
with me, and we spent considerable time at the waterfalls taking photos.
Many of the waterfalls (100 to 170 feet high) have severly undercut
rock faces with the trail passing behind the actual waterfall.
The trail, which is in really good condition, continues down hill
past South Falls to Lower South Falls. A bit further a side trail, the
Maple Ridge Trail returns to the parking area, but we didn't go that way.
This is about the low point in the loop. After Maple Ridge Trail,
the Canyon Trail crosses from following the South Fork Silver Creek to
ascending the North Fork Silver Creek. After a mile one reaches
Lower North Falls with a side trail to Double Falls.
Continuing a short way on the Canyon Trail, one reaches Drake Falls
followed shortly by Middle North Falls.
The Canyon Trail continues to the North Falls, but we didn't have the
time to go that far. Instead, we took the Winter Trail up to the canyon
rim. There one passes Winter Falls (presumably they call it that as it
has water only in the winter?). There was just a trickle of water flowing
over the "falls" when we were there.
We then took the Rim Trail back to the South Falls Day-use Area. We had
a bit of time and drove out to North Falls on our way out of the park.
Picturesque bridge just above South Falls on South Fork Silver Creek.
Lower South Falls.
Lower North Falls.
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Last updated on: Fri, Oct 5, 2018 5:03:11 PM