I’ve always been obsessed with waterfalls, so when I heard of a trail in Oregon where I got to see 10 different ones I knew I needed to visit. The Trail of Ten Falls is located in Silver Falls State Park which is roughly an hour and a half outside of Portland. While we love the gorge and all the waterfalls it has to offer, this is actually the opposite direction. Pictures do not do this trails justice! I was excepting a couple amazing falls, but every single one was incredible. It took us about 4.5 hours to complete and that was with stops to take photos and one wrong turn.
TRAIL OF TEN FALLS LOOP HIKE OVERVIEW
Distance: 7.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1300 feet
Seasons: Year Round
What You See: South Falls, Lower South Falls, Lower North Falls, Double Falls, Drake Falls, Middle North Falls, Twin Falls, North Falls, Upper North Falls, Winter Falls
Trailhead Coordinates: 44.87752 -122.65513
START OF YOUR HIKE
There are four places to start the Trail of 10 falls. We started at South Falls but every trailhead is a great place to start. The South Falls Day use area has the largest parking lot, there’s bathrooms and also a lodge. It costs 5 dollars for the day and there is pay stations at all the parking lots.
This trail is busy, but if you have the option to go on a weekday I would highly recommend that! We were able to visit on a Thursday and still passed quite a few people on the trail, but were still able to enjoy ourselves. If you need to go on a weekend start early! The trail is long enough were you won’t be on top of everyone visiting. Just be prepared to not be the only ones on the trail through spring and summer.
Love how green everything is on this trail!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAIL
It almost felt wrong picking a favorite but there are a few standouts among all the beautiful falls. North Falls and South Falls are incredibly breathtaking, both give you the option to walk behind the falls are are so much bigger in person there pictures make them out to be. Both of these falls are the most accessible too if you’re traveling with family that may not want to do the full loop.
WHAT WE PACKED
Pack hiking shoes with good tread on them and that are waterproof. Even if it is dry there may be water on some parts of the trail. I recommend wearing water resistant clothing, and things that are breathable. There is a lot of moisture in the air, that if you’re wearing cotton it may be uncomfortable later on in the hike.
- Water (Here’s the bladder we use for longer hikes)
- Water Bottle (32 or 40 oz), We love Hydroflask bottles
- Hiking Boots
- Lunch (I like to pack my lunch in Stasher bags to help with creating less trash)
- Backpack, one similar to ours
- Lightweight Jacket
- Download AllTrails so you have your route on your phone
CAN YOU ELOPE ON THE TRAIL OF TEN FALLS?
While we think this park is absolutely beautiful, we don’t think it would be the best spot for your elopement. Our main reasons behind this are because of the busyness of the trail and overall there is not a lot of spots to pull off and get really close to one of the waterfalls or really off the trail to much. We love to recommend spots that give you a lot of privacy and think this trail is better to add to your hiking list then your dream elopement spot. If you do need help finding a spot that’s perfect for you contact us today!
OVERALL THIS HIKE WAS AWESOME AND I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE! IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR OTHER HIKES TO ADD TO YOUR SUMMER TIME LIST CHECK OUT RAMONA FALLS , WAHKEENA FALLS, AND TAMANAWAS FALLS
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