Loop Trail? Yes
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00 Allowed Uses:
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
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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.
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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.
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
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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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