Vast open spaces carved out by thousands of years of abrasion and erosion from an inexhaustible water source lead your eye, invariably, to its waterfall centerpiece. Little did you know that this was the stream's intention the entire time: to be the center of attention.
Streams with dreams of becoming waterfalls think about the long-game. They've been waking up every morning since their inception with one avowal: "A few millennia from now, I'm going to be on display, and people will travel from all over the world just to see me pour water from one level to the next. I am going to be a fucking rock star." At Silver Falls, a few of these streams formed an alliance whose purpose was to create the greatest water show in the Pacific Northwest and have their likeness displayed on postcards and Pinterest boards the world over.
Hike with me through a forested canyon filled with the highest density of waterfalls found anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. We'll even walk behind three of those shimmering beauties.
We're taking the Lower Loop Hike, which covers 7 of the 10 waterfalls at the park. This hike is about 5 miles and the difficulty level is easy-to-moderate. We'll take this at a pace of about 2.5 mph, which is neither slow nor fast.
After Silver Falls, we'll head into Silverton for lunch at Gather. Here's a teaser from Gather's menu to make your mouth water: Butternut & Brussel Rice Bowl, Steak & Gorgonzola Salad, Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich, Pork Belly Banh Mi, Sage & Butternut Pasta, and many more.
We'll meet at the NE corner of the Barbur Boulevard Park & Ride (click Google map below for exact location) and carpool from there. Passengers, please pay your driver $5 for gas/transportation costs. There is also a $5 parking fee, so everyone in the car will need to chip in, unless you have a state park pass. We depart shortly after the meet time, so please be on time.
My best guess is that this trip will take about 7 hours, but it's just an estimate.
So, click on the check mark above to experience a world of unparalleled beauty, with cool people, and delicious food!
Driver directions to the trailhead: