PLEASE READ ENTIRE POSTING BEFORE RSVPing:
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 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.
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.
Albertsons (closest to the Jack in the Box) off the 10th Street Exit for West Linn via 1-205
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.
You can find the weather conditions up to 10 days in advance for Gorge locations below:
A $5 day use payable at parking lot entry.
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)?
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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
• 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)