May 2014

Photo Experience:   My wife and I hiked to five of the ten waterfalls in this wonderful park on a sunny day. South Falls is quite easy to get to and very worthwhile. There are several good vantage points along the loop trail in this area. Lower South Falls is about a mile from South Falls on a relatively easy section of the Canyon Trail. While Upper North Falls is a short, easy walk along the Perimeter Trail, it was difficult to obtain a good photograph because of a partially-downed tree obstructing the upper-left portion of this waterfall. The short but moderate trail to North Falls is worthwhile. Walking behind this waterfall in the enormous cutout chamber is an interesting and noisy experience. Winter Falls is down a short trail and is worth visiting.

Other Info:   Silver Falls State Park is located about 20 miles east of Salem OR. A day use pass is required. (Two years: $40. One year: $25. Daily: $3.) Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the South Falls Day Use Area.

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