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Silver Falls State Park Trail of Ten Falls
There is rain in the forecast for Saturday, that being said, with all the mid week rain, there should be a lot of water going over the falls. Please be on time, my philosophy is it's not fair to the people that arrive on time to wait for those that are late. So we leave on time. This group does ask that you have a real photo posted, think of it this way, the photo should be something that would be of assistance to Search and Rescue in finding you if you get lost. Total Miles: ~8 miles Elevation Gain: ~800 ft Pace: ~3.0 mph Difficulty: moderate Estimated hiking time: 4 hours Permits: $5 day use fee per car or Oregon State Parks 1-year or 2-year pass (please bring if you have one) NO DOGS, please. Park regulations do not allow dogs on some of these trails. Carpooling: suggest $8.00 per person to the drivers to cover the cost of gas and parking permit. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute. The Trail of Ten Falls allows you to see up to 10 spectacular falls in less than 10 miles. Starting from the North Falls parking area we'll do a clockwise loop and get the non waterfall part of the hike out of the way first. We will take a break at the South Falls Lodge then continue on with the 2nd more scenic half of the hike. Dress for rain and 40-degree weather with adjustable layers including waterproof shells. You will be turned away with jeans/cotton! We may encounter a few icy patches where water splashes on the trail, I am not concerned about it, but worth mentioning. Web sites about this trail: http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Trail_of_Ten_Falls_Loop_Hike There is a automatic wait list for this hike. Anyone on the wait list will be automatically added as spots open up. I may add a few spots manually later. My hiking style we do stop for pictures and to enjoy the scenery. We stop at all trail junctions and wait for the group to gather together. We stay generally together keeping a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you.. If you need to step off the trail, you must let someone know. Please silence your cell phone while on the hike. I also encourage people to find conversation topics other than work. What to bring: • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks • Three to five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!) • Rain gear • Safety whistle • The 10 essentials* • Trekking poles (never a bad idea) • Lunch, snacks and plenty of water *Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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