A week or so ago Ron and I took a hike at Silver Falls State Park. Warm summer afternoons will find hundreds of people hiking at the park. It's a constant battle of passing slow hikers...usually in groups, and bumping past oncoming hikers. Not exactly a peaceful forest experience. Take a hike on a cool, wet afternoon, and you'll find far fewer hikers.
The hike is called the Trail of Ten Falls. On this day we will visit 6 of the 10 falls, and be treated to a number of unofficial falls running off the slopes of the canyon.
South Falls is probably the most visited of all the falls. It's close to the day use area, and can be viewed without hiking down the canyon. The trail goes behind the falls, but we opt to take the foot bridge for the better view. An aside, my co-worker claims to have repelled over South Falls (and came up short on rope).
|South Falls, 177 ft.|
|Stairs and more stairs|
|Lower South Falls, 93 ft.|
|Hiking behind the fall|
|Lower North Falls, 30 ft.|
|Double Falls, 178 ft.|
|Drake Falls, 27 ft.|
|Middle North Falls, 106 ft.|
|Sign to the right: Trail Closed|
|Hmmm...Wonder what's back here!|
|Behind the fall|
We've had nice weather so far, but the dark clouds have rolled in and the rain finally catches us.
|The rain catches us...lovely outfit!|
|Switchbacks out of the canyon|
|At the parking lot...|
|Just down the road....|
|...and a few minutes later.|