North Santiam State Park plays host to some of the most beautiful riverfront in the area. It is one of the finest steelhead fishing spots on the North Santiam River. North Santiam State Park is a primitive campground and day-use area with drinking fountain and restroom facilities. Picnic tables dot the grass, making North Santiam State Park a great place to stop to stretch and eat a picnic lunch. Hiking trails show the beauty of the large old-growth trees and the river.

All up hill but it's an excellent hike! You can walk behind the fall and keep going up to the top!! Great little hike!

Beautiful falls and good hike. But it is not an easy hike, as the ratings say. I would say moderate to strenuous.

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

Easy hike, even with the loop it's a little less than 5 miles. I took my almost 5-year-old twins and they did the hike without breaking a sweat. I would definitely recommend doing the loop. I try to go a few times a month as it is a decent little workout if you walk fast.

trail running
9 days ago

Fun place for trail running

Lovely day for a hike. There were a lot of cars at the trailhead, but did not see too many of the occupants on the trails. Would love to have a better map tho. Will try the Santiam National Forest office to see if they have one. The trails that intersect and wander off led us to a stretch of "private property" per a hiker who rents from the owner told us as she, her companion and dogs were coming from the opposite direction. Definitely want to explore some more.

This is a beautiful hike. Beautiful scenery and the waterfalls are amazing. Must see.

We had a fun time adventuring around on this hike! If you focus on the points on the map that say they are Falls and not campgrounds then you actually end up seeing two large Falls: Shellberg and Stassel. We walked to shellberg Falls and then turned around and headed in the direction of Stassel Falls. Be careful to pay attention to the trails because the trail to Stassel is not marked on this app but if you head in the direction that it is marked on this map you should find a fairly easy trail that is slightly overgrown but it leads directly to the falls and they are beautiful. We will be back again.

I make it a ritual to visit and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall and trails. A nice little hike for all members of the family. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

Great for kids, and very easy to access from Salem.

A gorgeous trail on a gorgeous day! Heads up though! We met the farmer on our way in and he said “in a couple of months there will be calves in the field and if the come up to you the moms might chase you” I asked what do we do if this happens and he said .... “I don’t know”!

Very few people compared to Silver Falls, with beautiful falls and scenery.

4 months ago

Very few people on a beautiful fall Monday morning. Both falls were nice even though there was not much water at this time of year.

Fun and easily marked trail to run on and a bonus with Shellburg Falls to be able to run behind it!

Awesome waterfalls, comparable to Silver Falls ( it's apart of the same drainage) especially in the spring! Lots of different trails to make different loops. Fun for the day and to keep your hiking legs in shape and close to town if you're in the Salem area. Only downside is the gravel road sections, but hell if that's all there is to complain about this trail I'd say you'll be ok... I come back here time and time again when a quick escape is needed.

Aside from the 1.5 miles to the falls I've been walking on service roads and paths around a camp ground. Let me not forget to mention the road through someone's cattle ranch that chokes of manure. After talking to a worker I learned that really all of the "trails" people have logged are service roads so I opted out of doing the full gravel road loop. There are a few trails cutting across the service roads but mostly seem like things to do if you're a kind d camping. This was disappointing.
It should really just be listed as a walk to the falls and completely leave out the service road trails. I mean unless you're from the area and it's just the only option over a treadmill. Don't get me wrong, the one falls is pretty, the other one coming out from under the road is kind me of killed because it comes out from under the road. Certainly wasn't worth the drive from Portland.

One of my favorite hikes. Loved it so much I went 3 times in a month. Gorgeous waterfalls & peaceful wooded trails.

This hike is easy and beautiful. I have done this hike multiple times; once in the snow. It's also a great hike if you have dogs.

The hike (or walk) up to the falls is pleasant. There are free range cattle and you go over several cattle guards on your way up the gravel road. Lots of beautiful wildflowers! The loop was ok, but not spectacular. There are one or two spots with incredible views but the rest was meh. The mud I read about had dried up. Be sure to wear good shoes, lots of gravel and rocks!

Too crowded! Parking lot is always full & road parking is dangerous. I'd recommend a different trail, just too many people.

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