Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Hiking Silver Falls State Park, Oregon (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

As we left the city of Portland behind us, Ben and I looked onward towards Silver Falls State Park, Oregon's largest state park.

Official Site: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=151
Camping information: http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/silver-falls-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=OR&parkId=402235

Of the 24 miles of walking trails, 14 miles of horse trails, and a 4-mile bike path, the most popular hike to do at the park is the Trail of Ten Falls Loop. At a total of 8.7-mile altogether, the Trail of Ten Falls runs along the banks of Silver Creek and various waterfalls from which the park received its name. Of the ten falls that you get to see on the hike, four of them pass behind the falls through an amphitheater-like surrounding.

When we went, parking was abundant at the South Falls Trailhead lot, but at the same time, perhaps it was because it was a weekday.

For more information on the trail itself, click here: http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Trail_of_Ten_Falls_Loop_Hike

Compared to the rest of the hikes that we've hiked so far on our roadtrip, and compared to hikes that I've done throughout my life as well, I would say that the Trail of Ten Falls is an easy hike. I feel the only thing difficult about this trail is the length. There are minor moments of incline but nothing that anyone of all shapes and sizes can't do.

All in all, taking the time to visit Silver Falls State Park is something I highly suggest people to consider if they have some time to spend in Oregon. It's not often you can access a mostly flat 8 mile hike that takes you to 10 different waterfalls! There is a small entrance fee that you have to pay, but other than that, totally painless to enjoy the falls! So do it. Do it now!

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