SILVER FALLS Cheat Sheet
Hiking Distance: 2 – 8 Miles. Short loops make it easy to choose your own adventure.
Elevation Gain: ~ 500′
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Trail Type: Loop
Dogs Allowed: Kind of. They’re allowed on Rim Trail, Bike Path and Perimeter Trail but prohibited on all other trails including the Canyon Trail where most of the waterfalls are found.
Bikes Allowed: Yes. A four-mile paved bike path starts from the overnight campground and follows Silver Creek to South Falls Lodge.
Horses Allowed: Yes
Parking Fee: $5 (exact change needed)
Bathrooms: Yes. Near South Falls Day-Use Area.
Features: Waterfalls, canyon, giant anthills
Distance from Burnside Bridge: 58 Miles
Thank you Teddy Roosevelt for this gem of a park! I categorized this hike as Santiam State Forest, though it’s technically a separate state park in the same area of Oregon as Santiam.
And what a lovely hike it is. You can catch more waterfalls in this hike than you could if you spent the same amount of time in the Multnomah Falls area. The terrain is rolling and not too strenuous. If you take your time pausing at all the falls and exploring every nook and cranny of the park, you can spend most of the day wandering around.
These Silver Falls photos say more about the hike than I ever could, so I’ll let you peruse them instead of blathering on. This is a very busy hike, so try to aim for weekdays or even winter weekdays if you don’t love a packed trail.
For more info, check out the Silver Falls trail map and guide.