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Silver Falls State Park, OR

Thanks to an internet acquaintance, we learned about the Silver Falls State Park. This park has a 9 mile hiking trail, with 10 major waterfalls along the route. Known as the Trail of Ten Falls, it was too good to pass up, especially since we’ve hiked most all the waterfall hikes along the Columbia Gorge. It was a beautiful day, so the timing was perfect.

Right away, we were impressed by the falls we saw. The falls tumble over basalt lava flows, and erode the softer ground underneath. This makes for some excellent opportunities to walk behind the falls for a truly unique perspective. We opted for the slightly shorter route (6 miles) which gave us most of the major falls. Really a beautiful park, and highly recommended (although we hear that on the weekends it gets very crowded). Here are a few highlights; more images in our Flickr album (see blog roll).

South Falls, 177 ft.

South Falls, 177 ft.

South Falls from behind

South Falls from behind

A different view of South Falls from behind

A different view of South Falls from behind

Middle North Falls,  106 ft.

Middle North Falls, 106 ft.

Top of Middle North Falls

Top of Middle North Falls

Bottom part of Middle North Falls

Bottom part of Middle North Falls

Lower South Falls, 93 ft.

Lower South Falls, 93 ft.

Winter Falls, 134 ft.

Winter Falls, 134 ft.