20s and 30s Hike to Silver Falls State Park

PLEASE NOTE: This hike is organized by the Oregon Sierra Club’s “20’s and 30’s section” as an opportunity for young people to meet others who share their values and learn more about the Sierra Club in Oregon. This event is appropriate for individuals who are between 18 and 39 years old.

Love waterfalls? This moderate 6.9 mile hike with 700 feet of elevation gain is guaranteed to thrill hikers and photographers alike with its forested canyons and ten spectacular waterfalls, many more than 100 feet high. You can read more and see photos of this hike here: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/images/pdf/silverfalls_trailmap.pdf and http://web.oregon.com/hiking/silver_falls.cfm.

On Sunday, November 20, we'll meet at the Sierra Club Office (1821 SE Ankeny Street in Portland) at 9am. Folks who want can arrange car pooling, then we'll proceed to the trail head (about an hour and a half drive from Portland), where this Sierra Club event will officially begin at approximately 11am. We’ll plan to keep a moderate pace with plenty of breaks and time to enjoy and photograph the waterfalls, and if there is interest we’ll have dinner together at a nearby restaurant in Silver Falls after our hike.

It's November in Oregon, so please come prepared for cool, rainy temperatures. Come with appropriate rain gear, dress in layers, and minimize cotton clothing. Bring plenty of water and a lunch to eat along the way. Silver Falls State Park does not permit dogs on this trail, so your dog will have to wait for our next outing! The 10 essentials are always highly recommended. These include navigation, whistle, water filtration, extra food and water, something to start fire, and a few other things. You can find more information here: http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html.

TOTAL MILES: 7 miles

ESTIMATED DRIVING TIME:  about an hour and a half one-way from Portland

ESTIMATED HIKING TIME:  5 hours including breaks and lunch

ELEVATION GAIN: ~700 ft

DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate

APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: around 6pm unless the group chooses to stop for dinner

DOGS:  Silver Falls State Park does not allow dogs on this trail.

PERMITS: A day pass is required for all vehicles entering the park.  Please be prepared to pay or help your driver pay this expense. 

CARPOOLING: Please be kind to those who are willing to drive.  Round Trip mileage for this trip is about 120 miles; We suggest a mileage contribution of 25 cents/mile/vehicle (split by the number of people in the vehicle), which comes out to $30 per vehicle.  Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. (NOTE: This rate may increase due to rising gas costs - will update as we get closer).

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