Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers Events


Silver Falls State Park, Fall, October 21st, 2006


 On Saturday, October 21st at 7:00AM the Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers will meet at the Upper North Falls parking lot at Silver Falls State Park for a full day of fall  photography. We will begin the 6 mile round trip morning hike, turning around once we reach Lower North Falls. Once back at our vehicles, we will drive to the lodge, have lunch, and rest up some. After we finish up at the lodge, we will then begin the afternoon portion of the hike. We'll first photograph the South Falls, then do the 1.6 mile loop to Lower South Falls and back.

What to expect at Silver Falls

Photo by Rick Lundh
Silver Falls State Park lies in a temperate rain forest. It's here the Trail of Ten Falls/Canyon Trail (Adobe Acrobat required to view map) can be found. The Canyon Trail and the falls descend to a forest floor covered with ferns, mosses and wildflowers. You also will find stands of Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar.

The Canyon Trail is a nationally recognized trail system that leads hikers along the banks of the north and south forks of Silver Creek. It takes you to ten majestic waterfalls, ranging from the grand South Falls (177 feet), to the delicate Drake Falls (27 feet). Four of these falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding where you can walk behind the falls and feel the misty, crisp spray.

It's a fairly easy hike (minus some lengthy stairs) but be prepared, it is a hike in Oregon during October so it' might be raining.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Eric Hahl
 

Being an Oregon State Park, Silver Falls has a $3 day use fee per vehicle so be prepared for that.

 

 

 

Places to Stay in Nearby Silverton

Nordic Motel, 310 N. Water Street, (503) 873-5058

East View Country Inn, 5152 East View Lane, (503) 873-6716

The Egg Cup Inn, 11920 Soiux Road, (503) 873-5497

Silverton Bed & Breakfast, 421 N. Water Street, (503) 873-7824

Abiqua Creek Farms, 11672 Nusom Road, (503) 873-6878

Inn On Pine, 1106 Pine Street, (503) 873-3391

Magnolia Cottage, PO Box 596, (503) 873-6712

Maple Shadow Guest House, (503) 873-3588

Marvin Gardens Guest House, PO Box 875, (503) 873-9065

More Information

Check out The Silver Falls State Park website for all the information you need about the park including downloadable trail maps and camping information.

 

Hope to see you there!

Erik