Silver Falls State Park Photo shoot hike!

  • March 30, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This event is co-organized by Portland Hiking Meetup Group and Wilderness Skills PDX. (Total event size includes the spaces from both listings.)

Silver Falls State Park could be the sweetest in the whole Oregon state park system! It's the largest and offers one of the most impressive set of waterfalls in the country. This is a great place for photography. Lots of water, moss-covered trees, ferns, and it has some shade for shooting during the harsh hours. We'll be doing some great hiking, but the focus here is getting to locales and taking time for shoots. We may even split into groups based on interest and re-meet at certain times. We will probably stay for late afternoon light. Then we'll stop for some food in Silverton before heading home.

 

Details

Total mileage: ~4-8 mi. depending on routes
Elevation gain: As much as 1300 ft. total
Pace: ~2 mph
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Dogs: Not permitted in the part of the park we'll be in
Weather: Will update closer to date
Maps: Will be provided
Round-trip driving mileage: ~120 miles (suggested: share of day-use fee and $10 donation per person to drivers, but no one turned away for inability to contribute)
Permits: Per vehicle, state park pass or $5 day-use fee
4WD: Not needed
Suggested gear: 10 essentials*, rain gear, lunch, snacks, at least 1.5 liters of water, hiking poles, cash for drivers (exact change helps), post-hike change of clothes/shoes.

Electronics: Feel free to bring a GPS or phone, but only for emergency use or to quietly gather data, make maps and such. We're in the wilderness! This hike is for those who can roll with being independent in and experiencing the relative isolation of the back country.

Wilderness ethic: Leave No Trace**

Please arrive on time. We'll shoot for hitting the road in 10-15 minutes. Call me at[masked] if you are cutting it close and we'll wait for ya.

 

RSVP/no show protocol

Sorry for so much fine print, but there are generally a lot of people on the waiting list for hikes! And late-canceled spots often don't get filled because people on the wait list naturally make other plans. That's a bummer. So I'm asking for some basic cooperation:

When on the YES list: Please decide if you want to come and then come! If you change your plans please update your RSVP, no matter how late. If you bail within 24 hours of the trip, it really ought to be for a good reason. If you bail the day of the trip, please let me know so we are not waiting for no reason (and let me know what the issue is, if you want a chance to avoid being marked as a no show).

When on the WAITING list: The waiting list is manual, so whenever a spot opens up you'll get an email notice inviting you to grab it. (Unfortunately it's just by email.) If you don't get a spot, please do not just show up, unless you are willing to take a chance that there is a spot and will not be mad at me for sticking to the planned group size limit. If I expand the limit, I do it ahead of time.

 

My trip style

Let's have a good time while keeping our act together and working as a team. Unless stated otherwise, we'll use an informal point and sweep system. Whoever is hiking in front is "point" and should wait at the next trail junction or other designated spot to regroup. You don't have to remain point. If you are hiking last, you're "sweep" and should maintain awareness that no one in the group is behind you. You don't have to remain sweep, but it's good to offer support for any group member you come upon who may need help.

I will guide the group, but won't make decisions for you. All participants are ultimately responsible for themselves in the backcountry. If you disagree with what the group is doing, you can break with the group (but holy hiking boots do not do that without letting me know!).

 

* The "ten essentials" include: compass, map, sun protection, extra food, extra water, extra clothing, headlamp or flashlight, first aid, fire starter, and a knife. The idea is to be able to comfortably handle basic emergencies and at least one unexpected night out. In my view, one of the most important pieces of safety gear, which is not included in the ten, is a whistle, an effective signaling device. Many hiking incidents begin with getting separated, either by getting a little lost or becoming injured. In both cases you want to be able to get help before your comrades are out of reach.

** For more on Leave No Trace principles see my summary in the Files section.

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  • Skip

    Folks, be sure to catch the pictures from both event listings:
    http://www.meetup.com/wildernes...­
    and
    http://www.meetup.com/Portland-...­
    Skip :)

    March 31, 2013

  • Zsombor

    PS: You can upload as many pics at once as you want. Just press shift or control or command to select them.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Zsombor

    It was great hiking with you all!

    I uploaded my pics to the Wilderness Skills group:

    http://www.meetup.com/wildernes...­

    since that's where I signed up for this hike. I am really curious to see how everyone else's pics turned out because I am not happy with 99% of the waterfall/landscape photos I took. Despite how we started the hike by discussing the disadvantages of strong sunlight, the lesson I learned yesterday is that waterfalls facing the Sun are much more photogenic. Or am I not doing it right...?

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a lovely day! And a really nice group to hike with. It was to have time to take pictures and really enjoy the scenery. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the photos that were taken. Thanks Skip!! Thanks Everyone!

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • David

    Where and what time is the group meeting at the park?

    March 29, 2013

    • Skip

      Sorry, David, you don't have one of the spots. We're full!

      March 29, 2013

  • Anshuman

    Gertrud,
    Is there an address for Bridgeport transit center ? Is this by Bridgeport mall across REI ?

    March 29, 2013

  • Skip

    There's a last-minute cancellation and a spot over on the Wilderness Skills PDX page.

    March 29, 2013

  • Skip

    If you think you might drive (from Gateway), you can snatch directions here: tinyurl.com/skipshikedirections (but meeting spot is the bathrooms between the main parking lot and the lodge).

    It's about 112 miles round trip so please figure about $10 each for the drivers.

    See ya soon!

    March 29, 2013

  • Ross M.

    I'm dealing with my dad's funeral. I'm in California. I won't be back until tomorrow afternoon.

    March 29, 2013

  • Skip

    Weather: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 70F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Beautiful! We generally want that cloud cover, shooting-wise, which looks like it will build slowly during the day and may not really be terrific until late afternoon. Almost no chance of rain. Or so the forecasts say :)

    March 29, 2013

    • Ross M.

      Hello Skip, I can't go because I'm dealing with funeral stuff today, and I won't make it back until tomorrow afternoon.

      March 29, 2013

  • Skip

    Carpools. Looks like Gertrude and Anshuman so far for the SW departure carpool. ANYONE ELSE FOR SW PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THEM. SW folks: The Gateway crew will depart at 9:10 and you guys can probably start drive at 9:30. Please send me a mobile number. Mine is[masked] 9798. Let's meet in front of the bathrooms (not too close!) between the main parking lot and the lodge. See http://www.oregonstateparks.org...­.

    March 29, 2013

  • Anshuman

    I live on the west side too and would prefer to go from Bridgeport transit center

    March 29, 2013

  • Skip

    Anyone want to be part of a carpool from Bridgeport/Tualatin park and ride?

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still interested in going if any spot opens up. I love silver falls

    March 28, 2013

  • Waraporn

    I went to Silver Falls State Park last year, I like to hike at Silver Falls more.

    March 28, 2013

  • Rachel

    Ok, sorry, I'm "that person"... I jumped on this without reading and thought it was a different hike. Given the weather forecast, I think Silver Falls will be WAY too crowded for my taste Saturday!

    March 28, 2013

  • Henry

    sorry, I want to watch the sunrise in the gorge than head out pass The Dalles.

    March 27, 2013

  • Matt T

    I'm iffy, so I'll drop since the waitlist is so long.

    March 22, 2013

  • Skip

    @paul, will likely to this kind of hike again.
    @steve, there are also folks from the other group. nonetheless, will probably open a couple of more spots.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first time hiking with a group and looking forward to meetup.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I excited about seeing some beautiful places around oregon.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Camera batteries are charged! I've done this hike twice but never the complete falls tour, so this will be good. I don't think I've been there this time of year either. Expecting LOTS of water!

    March 20, 2013

  • Tanya M.

    I did read all of the hike description. I did this hike last year for the first time and was blown away at how beautiful the park is. There is so much water! Where does it all come from as the park dosen't seem to be in a real "mountainous" area? Anybody know?

    March 20, 2013

  • kae p.

    I love Silver Falls area, I am excited to hike there.

    March 20, 2013

  • Justin C

    Double booked that day. Have fun.

    March 20, 2013

  • Paul

    darn, I'm an avid photographer and would have loved to go on this. Will there be other photog trips? With a wait list of 18 already when the notice only just went out (I think) I guess I won't make this one.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only seven spots? Seems a little lean, no?

    1 · March 20, 2013

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