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Silver Falls - Trail of 10 Falls

Silver Falls

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POSTING BEFORE RSVPing:

NO SHOWS:
I have a NO TOLERANCE policy for no shows on my hikes. If you sign up and no show, you will not be allowed to sign up for my hikes again.
The RSVP cut off is Friday at NOON. If you cannot attend the hike, you MUST remove yourself from the list by NOON giving people on the waitlist time to RSVP.

WAITLIST:
Waitlist is manual. If a spot opens up, you must sign up. All people on the waitlist have equal chance of getting in at the last minute.

LIABILITY:
You assume ALL risks and liabilities for yourself and anyone or anything you bring with you on the hike. You acknowledge this personal liability and accept complete responsibility through your RSVP.

MEETUP LOCATION:
Albertsons (closest to the Jack in the Box) off the 10th Street Exit for West Linn via 1-205

TIME:
DEPARTURE time is promptly at 8:30am. It is recommended that you show up early to meet fellow hikers and arrange carpooling. I will be there at 8:15am.

WEATHER FCST:
You can find the weather conditions up to 10 days in advance for Gorge locations below:
http://www.findlocalweather.com/pinpoint/us/or/silver+falls+state+park/current53069.html

PERMITS:
A $5 day use payable at parking lot entry.

CARPOOLING:
Strongly encouraged. The recommended donation based on $0.10 cents/mile to the driver would be around $14.00/person based on a 126 mile round-trip from Albertsons plus contribution toward day use fee based on 4 persons per vehicle.

Please indicate in your RSVP:
1. Are you a driver or a rider?
2. If you are a driver, how many can you take?
3. Do you have a forest pass (if forest pass is required)?

MY STYLE:
The goal of my hikes, in order listed, is to:
1. Have fun
2. Enjoy the beauty of nature (I am a waterfall junkie)
3. Take photos (again, I am a waterfall junkie)
4. Exercise

I am adamant about staying as a group. Splitting up is not an option. This means that we can only go as fast as the slowest hiker.
• If you cannot hike as a group, then please don’t RSVP. This is not a race!
• If you cannot hike at least 2.5 mph, then please don’t RSVP. This is not a walk.
• Know both your limitations and skill level. This is a key essential to #1 – Have fun.

DRIVE DIRECTIONS:
From Albertsons, drive south on I-205 towards Salem. Merge left on I-5 south. Take exit 271, OR-214 towards Woodburn/Silverton. Turn left onto OR-214 S. Stay on OR-214 S (following the signs for the Scenic Silver Falls Hwy) until reach Silver Falls on the left.

We in the South Falls Day Use Area in front of the restrooms. I will give my cell phone # to all drivers.

THE HIKE:
We will the Trail of Ten Falls starting with the South Falls.

Hike Type: Loop
Distance: 6.9 miles
Elevation gain: 700 feet
Difficulty: Moderate (due to distance)
Pace: 2 – 2.5 mph
Dog Friendly: NO. This is a park regulation.

Est. Return: Around 4pm:8:30am departure + 1.5 hr. drive + 3.5 hr. hike +
0.5 hr. lunch + 1.5 hr. return drive

 

The popular trail through Silver Falls State Park's forested canyons visits 10 spectacular waterfalls, five more than 100 feet high. The path even leads through mossy caverns behind the falls' shimmering silver curtains.This loop is suitable for families with beginning hikers because side trails provide shortcuts back to the car. Dogs are not allowed on the trail.

History
Silver Falls City, platted here in 1888, was an early center for logging and some fairly unsuccessful homestead farming. Future US President Herbert Hoover surveyed some of the land here while serving as a young engineer.
By 1900, June Drake, a Silverton photographer, began pushing for park status. His early photographs of the falls have become classics. An inspector for the National Park Service rejected the area for national park status in 1926, however, because logging had scarred the area with "thousands of stumps that from a distance look like so many dark headstones."

After that, the private owner of South Falls charged admission to let people watch as he floated derelict cars over the falls. In 1928 a paying audience watched daredevil Al Faussett canoe over 177-fout South Falls. He had to spend months afterward in a hospital, recovering from his injuries.
In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that Silver Falls would be one of his largest Recreational Demonstration Projects. He bought private land and employed young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps to develop park facilities. Since then the forest has regrown so that most visitors do not even notice that the area was once logged.


Geology
All waterfalls in the park spill over 15-million-year-old Columbia River basalt. At that time the Columbia River flowed through this area to the sea at what is now Newport. Repeated lava flows poured down the river channel from vents in Eastern Oregon, gradually pushing the river northward. As the lava slowly cooled, it sometimes fractured to form the honeycomb of columns visible on cliff edges. Circular indentations in the ceilings of the misty caverns behind the falls are tree wells, formed when the lava flows hardened around burning trees. The churning of Silver Creek gouged the soft soil from beneath the harder lava, leaving these caverns and casts.

http://web.oregon.com/hiking/silver_falls.cfm

WHAT TO BRING:
If you are not familiar with the 10 essentials for hiking, please check out REI’s link below. You are responsible for your own well-being, safety, health and comfort on the hike.
http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/learn/ten+essentials.html

Recommendations:
• A day pack
• Water, Water, Water
• A lunch and some high-energy trail snacks. We will take one 30 minute break at the Upper Falls and another 30 minute break at the end of the hike when we return to Lower Falls for photo ops and snacking.
• Be prepared for both sun and snow on the trail. Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary weather dependent ABSOLUTELY NO COTTON or BLUE JEANS.
• Water resistant sturdy hiking shoes/boots
• First Aid items
• Sunscreen
• A whistle (preferably around your neck)
• A water-resistant hat (Optional but recommended)
• Rain jacket and pants (Optional but recommended)
• Gloves or mittens(Optional but recommended)
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Toilet Paper/Freshette(Optional but recommended)
• Spare Socks (Optional but recommended)
• Trekking poles (Optional but recommended)
• Camera (Optional but recommended)
• Sunglasses (Optional but recommend)

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  • Jen

    Always a beautiful hike. In this instance, the leaves were already turning colors.

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike. Beautiful day. Great to meet everyone.

    2 · September 15, 2013

  • Jamie

    Fantastic!

    2 · September 14, 2013

  • Jenny R.

    Great leader, great group! Would do it again in a heartbeat.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Jen, it was fun to be in that beautiful place with such an interesting group of hikers.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Bill R.

    It was great. Good leader, great locale, nice people.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Lisa W.

    Crazy beautiful awesome hike!

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Jamie

    Running a few minutes late should b there by835 ish

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be spending the night in Silverton, so I won't be carpooling. Meet you all at 10 at the South day use area?

    September 13, 2013

    • Jen

      930

      September 13, 2013

  • Bill R.

    I live in NE Portland and can schlep a couple passengers to West Linn and beyond, if necessary.
    Bill R.

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Bill R.

      Hi, Lance: How about the little parking lot at Applebee's at 7:45? I'll be driving a purple Hyundai Accent. Think that's enough time?

      September 11, 2013

    • Lance V.

      That sounds great Bill, thanks. Coffee and donuts on me!

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to go after all and I hope everyone enjoys the hike. I apologize for waiting until the last minute but it couldn't be helped.

    September 13, 2013

  • Eric W.

    I have lost my ride to the meeting area on Saturday. Regretfully, I must cancel for this trip.

    September 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Another time if this happens and you would like a ride to the start point, let me know since it's no problem to add that in.

      September 11, 2013

  • *Cassandra*

    I was so fired up about this but my friend is unexpectedly coming to town on Saturday and I want to join her for dinner - I'm sure that filling my spot won't be an issue - there are 33 people on the waiting list! What?

    September 10, 2013

  • Jenny R.

    My husband and I have plans to linger in the area afterward--just FYI as to why we'll have empty seats, but aren't offering them. Sorry!

    September 9, 2013

  • JasonL

    Lets Boogie

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I prefer to be a passenger, not a driver.

    September 8, 2013

  • Lance V.

    Is anyone driving to West Linn from Portland? I don't have a car, but can meet you anywhere in Portland for a lift to the rendezvous spot. Help!

    September 8, 2013

  • Lisa W.

    I've not signed up for a hike yet..my first. You all sound friendly.. :-)

    September 3, 2013

  • *Cassandra*

    Boo! I missed making it off the wait list again. I really want to go to this hike :(

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can also drive my four runner if a driver is needed. I grew up in Mt Angel haven't been back there would love to attend .

    September 2, 2013

  • JasonL

    fingers crossed

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I MADE IT!!!
    I am a driver or a rider. I can haul 3 or squeeze in a 4th. As a rider I take up a lot of space.
    I have a NW Forrest Pass.

    September 1, 2013

  • Julie B

    Carpooling happens naturally at the meet up spot, in this case at Albertsons.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am taking my car and I can fit 7 people if any one wants to drive with me let me know.
    Sevin

    August 29, 2013

    • Diane

      I would like to ride with you. Thanks

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a vehicle that will accommodate 3 other adults.

    August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sue, if you have room in your car, I would like to be in your carpool.

      August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sue, I wasn't sure if you had room, so I signed on with Myra.

      August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wanda and Beverly, hi! One person and we're set!

    August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Myra, I will bring gasoline $

      August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a car and can fit three people.

    August 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Myra, I would to ride with you. thanks.

      August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Myra, please add me to your carpool

      August 29, 2013

  • Chris

    I agree!!!!! It could be the 15th as to not have a herd of people in the same place......

    August 24, 2013

  • *Cassandra*

    There's such a big waiting list! It would sure be awesome if someone lead a second group! I'm really excited about this hike and have been checking the page almost daily seeing if any space has opened up.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i am a rider joining the waiting list. I dont have a forrest pass. Would love to join in on this.

    August 12, 2013

  • *Cassandra*

    FYI - if I make it off the waitlist - I am a Rider. Thanks :D

    August 11, 2013

  • Jenny R.

    I'd like to bring along my husband, if that suits the group. So, me plus one!

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live closer to the park and will meet you there

    August 9, 2013

  • Jen

    Special NOTE(s): The Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is also going on this weekend. I will be making a stop there on my way home from the hike. This is something to take into consideration when setting up your carpooling arrangements.

    August 8, 2013

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