Silver Falls State Park Hike

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After a winter of sewing and crafting, I realized recently that I’ve become way too sedentary.  I need to get outside and move!   I’m going to try and use some of my free time to go on some great local hikes over the next few months, and bring my big camera.  I’ll share my photographs on my blog.

Silver Falls State Park is quintessential western Oregon.  Those of us who live near it pretty much take this place for granted.  Waterfalls, mossy trees, a blue river…..this is Oregon, and that’s what it looks like here.  However, when we have out of town visitors who gasp at the beauty of this place, I’m reminded of the splendor of this park—this is a rare place, worthy of national park status (but I’m glad it’s not–let’s keep it a secret), and it is truly spectacular.  When I first moved to Oregon 16 years ago, I was absolutely obsessed with the limey bright green moss everywhere.  The green glows in the winter months, making everything colorful despite the gray color of the skies.  I love the moss, until it starts growing on the roof of my house!

Silver Falls has countless waterfalls….from rain trickling down the mossy cliffs, to the ten huge raging falls that are named, to several unnamed seasonal waterfalls.  I went yesterday after a week of heavy rainfall.  I’ve never seen the falls with this volume of water.  When I hiked behind the falls (there are three waterfalls where the trail takes you right BEHIND them), the noise was so loud…it was as if I was standing beneath a jet engine airplane as it landed or took off.  SO LOUD, with the sound echoing through the caverns…between the noise and the sheer volume of water, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What if this cave collapses on me?”  My camera  and I became soaked as I scurried behind each of those three waterfalls, water and mist splashing all around me.  The park is 30 minutes from my house.  I park at South Falls, hike or run the Canyon Trail then the Rim Trail then back to the car for a 7.5 mile loop.

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Scenes From the TrailSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State Park

Pretty things:  Indian plum, moss, oxalisSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State ParkSilver Falls State Park

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Enjoy the journey of your life.

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Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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