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Oregon

Silver Creek Canyon Trail

The Canyon Trail is a nationally-recognized trail system that leads hikers along the banks of the north and south forks of Silver Creek. It takes you to 10 majestic waterfalls, ranging from the grand South Falls (177 feet) to the delicate Drake Falls (27 feet).

photo: South Falls, at the start of the trail

Length: 8.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Camping
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Swimming
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Rural, Silver Falls State Park. Approx. 25 miles east of Salem.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Marion
Longitude: -122.6542
Latitude: 44.87944

Driving Directions

Silver Falls State Park is located on Rt 214, approximately 25 miles east of Salem. Take Hwy 22 east then Hwy 214 North to park entrance.

Description

Recently reconstructed following a flood in 1996, the trail has a spectacular variety of scenery - canyons, waterfalls, and forests on the route.

Nestled in the lower elevation of Oregon's Cascade Mountains lies a temperate rain forest. It's here that the Trail of Ten Falls/Canyon Trail can be found. The Canyon Trail and the falls descend to a forest floor covered with ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. You will also find stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. While the park is visited by thousands every year, it's large enough for you to find quiet places to sit and watch for birds

The Canyon Trail is a nationally-recognized trail system that leads hikers along the banks of the north and south forks of Silver Creek. It takes you to 10 majestic waterfalls, ranging from the grand South Falls (177 feet), to the delicate Drake Falls (27 feet). Four of these falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding where you can walk behind the falls and feel the misty, crisp spray.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Portland Hikers - trail information

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.

Information Contact:
Carl Shepherd
Ranger II
Oregon Parks & Recreation
Silver Falls State Park
20024 Silver Falls Hwy.
Sublimity, OR 97385
(503) 873-8681 ext. 5

 

Photos

Twin Falls. Photo by EJD.

Twin Falls. Photo by EJD.

Under North Falls. Photo by EJD.

Under North Falls. Photo by EJD.

 

Lower North Falls. Photo by EJD.

Lower North Falls. Photo by EJD.

Love trails that allow you to hike behind falls!. Photo by EJD.

Love trails that allow you to hike behind falls!. Photo by EJD.

 

Walls of ferns!. Photo by EJD.

Walls of ferns!. Photo by EJD.

Beautiful mossy trail bridge. Photo by EJD.

Beautiful mossy trail bridge. Photo by EJD.

 

North trailhead signage!. Photo by EJD.

North trailhead signage!. Photo by EJD.

Reviews

Majestic

Silver Falls State Park, and in particular this trail, is one of my favorite places in Oregon. It's really quite spectacular-- ten waterfalls all on one hike, all different, all beautiful. I've hiked this in summer and it nice, but the falls are lower. Best time is winter or spring to see the falls majesty of the falls. There can be ice down in the canyon in winter, so watch your step.

October 17, 2017

 

 

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