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trail running
4 days ago

Beautiful views! Can’t wait to go back

great place to get away from town. it's a little weird because you cross private land before you get to the actual hiking area. Dont let the odd start fool you, this is a great area to relax and be away from the hustle and bustle of living in the city. This is a wonderful place to bring a dog as well. just please be respect and pick up the poop bags. On my last trip back I hauled in four bags left by others. please don't let the select few ruin these places for everyone

easy trail walk next to cows also

hiking
16 days ago

I can’t rate the trail-just the navigation to the trailhead, I linked to maps from all trails & ended up on a remote poorly maintained road. I was in an SUV & rode through deep ruts & over dead tree limbs but after 3 mi on this road I encountered a deep washout that I knew was impassable so had to reverse out until I was able to turn around. So, if you want to try this trail, see if there is a safer way in. I gave up & found an easy trail down the road a few miles..
maybe this is why there were no current reviews?

It's a very nice place to go, we love it there.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike with nice even trails and loads of butterflies and wildflowers. We hiked in thinking the weather was fine and then a lightning storm came through. Not the safest place to be for that, but the dark and wild sky with the clearing at the lookout was surreal. I will definitely hike this again next time I'm in town.

Yes you have to walk up a gravel road to explore the waterfalls but only when the road to the campground is closed - November through May. Otherwise you can drive to the campground & take a short hike to see Shelburg Falls. There are a lot more trails to the south & east of the campground that you can explore. Check out the trail map on the Santiam State Forest website. Many of these trails are multi use & frequented by mountain bikers but we can all enjoy them if we use proper trail etiquette. It’s now possible to connect to Silver Falls trail through the network of trails at Shelburg.

backpacking
29 days ago

Trail was slightly overgrown, the amount bumblebees and flies was insane! Considering the whole valley is on fire to the west the smoke was minimal.

It was a nice family outing, but most of the hike was walking a gravel road between cow pastures.

Pretty Hike. The trail starts from the parking area and begins with a mile or so of gravel. We turned left when we got to the first sign of a waterfall and went up the stairs to Shellburg falls (upper). We continued on towards the campground. When we got to the campground, we stayed left and continued on the gravel road until we found the path again. The signage is a little lacking, but we had some cell service to keep our GPS map updated. If you are looking for a great place to eat your snacks, we enjoyed the picnic table at the end of the 4 mi. loop before embarking back down the gravel road to the parking lot.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did it twice this year in the month of July. I believe Soda mountain road (to get to the pct ) is closed. So don't waste a trip out there! Beautiful hike with lots of views

I've been on this hike many times and it takes some exploring to find the hidden gems. There is a narrow unmarked trail just past what looks like a mini Christmas tree farm. It is somewhat overgrown, but if you stay to the right at the first split and continue on you'll skip almost all the road. When you do pop back out you'll see the Santiam State forest sign right across the road. Shellburg Falls trail is just ahead and you miss nothing by taking this side trail. Stassel Falls is harder to find because it is completely unmarked. If you pass the SF trail and walk up the road it turns to the left and climbs the hill. Don't go left, keep walking straight ahead and you will find the trail to Stassel. It's a little dangerous (long way to the bottom) when you get close to the falls be cautious with your kids and pets.

Pretty easy trail & our 1st of the summer season. There are gradual inclines in most areas or steps when steep. On a lovely early summer July afternoon, we probably only saw 10-12 small groups of hikers, some with kids/dogs, which is awesome compared to Silver creek falls. Didn’t make it to Stassel, folks were trying to find it & it was proving a little difficult for them.

Beautiful hike! We did about 7 miles. I loved that you get to walk behind the fall!

The trail was amazing! It was a little over 5 miles. A group of 5, including two children and 2 dogs. The hike was around 2 hours long, there and back. We took pictures and videos. Super easy and not strenuous at all. We started the hike at around 0800, with only 3 cars parked. Once we were done, the whole parking lot was full and the street had around 8-10 cars. I recommend going early to avoid groups of people. I could only find one waterfall, Shellburg. I could not find Stassel falls. Overall, it was an awesome hiking trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Took our 4 children, ages 5-15. None of the kids had problems. Starts off on a gravel road through farm land. lots of cows. The waterfall is amazing. We never did find the other waterfall, there are no signs marking the way. The rest of the trail is marked and easy to follow.

hiking
1 month ago

Just like everyone has said it’s definitely a strenuous hike since your climbing the entire time. Plenty of places to take a break in the shade.

Glass still all over the summit but I did take some back down with me.

it was very nice hike

An extraordinarily beautiful and rewarding hike. Not too difficult, but medium length. Make sure you’re acclimated!
Tough drive in, need four wheel drive and a resilient stomach

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice and diverse trail. Loads of wildflowers, butterflies, birds, excellent views. Lush green forest opens up to some mountain meadows, then drier open hillside showing wildfire effects from several years ago. Saw a baby black bear on the way up to the trailhead. All around well worth it and good for kids.

Did this my kids, my two year old walked most the way! View is fantastic! Recommend starting in the early morning. Took us a little over 3 hours.

Fairly easy and accessible hike. The falls are a good start to the hike but the rest of the trail loop is just beautiful wilderness single track with occasional two track roads and campgrounds. It is a wonderful area just minutes from Salem. Can be as long or as short as you like, depending on time and personal fitness level. The map on AllTrails is actually accurate and there's just enough signage on the trail to stay on course. What a gem so close to Salem!

hiking
1 month ago

Diverse terrain. It starts in the forest and opens up. Lots of wildflowers late into the season. No grizzlies, but I did see a black bear a couple of years ago!

Fantastic hike with beautiful views. Easy to find. Summit trail is marked but then unmarked. We never knew if we actually reached the summit. Hiked this with two city-fide ten year olds. My only disappointment was the lack of real grizzlies to eat these boys and give me a moment of rural peace.

hiking
1 month ago

We get just under 5.5 miles for the loop based on our GPS record. Always a lovely hike and the trail is in superb condition.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to moderate trail in the spring and summertime. My pup loves it best.

Such a beautiful hike away from the main roads. Most of the hike is uphill, but doable for everyone including dogs. The rocks were a bit slippery around the falls, so be careful. You are constantly surrounded by farmlands and heavy wooded areas. Only saw a few other people while hiking. Signs lead you to the Shellburg falls, but not to Stassel. We only went to the Shellburg falls which is only about 4 miles round trip. Well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Great hike! Great views!

Super fun and easy trail the falls are so beautiful just makes you want to sit there all day and stare. Perfect for kids and dogs!

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