Silver Falls Trail

photo: New bridge on Silver Falls Trail. Photo by USFS.

Length: 1.40 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: 30 miles northwest of the town of Entiat, WA. In the Wenatchee National Forest, at Silver Falls campground, southwest of Lake Chelan.
State(s): Washington
Counties: Chelan
Longitude: -120.53549
Latitude: 47.95853

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Description

The Silver Falls National Recreation Trail is a loop trail that begins at Forest Service Road 5100 at the trailhead across from Silver Falls Campground. This 1.5 mile loop provides close-up views of Silver Falls.

Additional Details

Width: 30 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 45%
Elevation Low Point: 2,400
Elevation High Point: 3,300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Park Ranger:
Jonathan Meier
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
P.O. Box 476
Entiat , WA 98822
(509) 784-4623
jmeier02@fs.fed.us
https://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen

 

Photos

Silver Falls. Photo by Shannon Leader.

Silver Falls. Photo by Shannon Leader.

Silver Falls on the Entiat Ranger District. Photo by USFS/Patrick Herman.

Silver Falls on the Entiat Ranger District. Photo by USFS/Patrick Herman.

 

New bridge on Silver Falls Trail. Photo by USFS.

New bridge on Silver Falls Trail. Photo by USFS.

Reviews

Wonderful oasis!

After hiking the Entiat River Trail nearby to Myrtle Lake, we stopped at the Silver Falls NRT to head up and check out the falls. I am so glad we did!
The trail is well traveled and easy to follow. We did a counterclockwise loop, heading up the many stone steps that line the trail on the eastern side of Silver Creek. The trail was filled with families and people of all ages.
We stopped at each viewpoint as we made our way up to where the trail crosses over the creek. The last one before the trail swings out on two wide switchbacks offered the best views of the falls, it was at about 2780 feet (only .4 miles from the car). The water slipped over a dark cliff side making a shimmering curtain that splashed onto the rocks below. Its force strips algae from the stones leaving them a silver color that the falls must be named for.
We did the entire loop for about 1.7 miles and coming down on the other side of the trail affords a different and lengthier view of the falls than ascent. It, also, gave us views of Signal Peak across the valley!
A lovely hike, highly recommend!

October 26, 2018

 

 

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