Silver Falls Canyon Trail Shorter Loop from Winter Falls Trailhead

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Silver Falls Canyon Trail Shorter Loop from Winter Falls Trailhead is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverton, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
898 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

Winter Falls Loop is located in Silver Falls State Park, near Silverton, Oregon and features seven waterfalls. This is a slightly shorter version of the Trail of Ten Falls.

24 days ago

Awesome trail with beautiful waterfalls. Lots of different trails you can take. You can make it a short or long hike depending on the trail you take. Parking is $5.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

An easy and beautifulhike, but expect lots of other hikers regardless of the time of year.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

I hike Winter Falls Trail at least once per week, sometimes more, as I am a trail volunteer. A few comments: a burn ban is in effect, but aside to that, no smoking or vaping on the trail is allowed. Likewise, dogs are a no go on this trail. I can't count the times I've used my water to cool down a big, fluffy dog being dragged on this hike, which can be really hot and humid in summer. Then, the hikers are directed to the rim trail, where dogs are allowed.

Here's my favorite way to do this hike: 1. from South Falls, continue on the Canyon Trail loop. Watch the steep steps descending down toward Lower South Falls, one of my favorites. 2. Lower South will loop behind, then ascend to take you to Maple Ridge intersection. Down continues the Trail of Ten Falls. Up is a grueling and steep ascent back to S. Lodge. If you are out of shape, you could just go back the way you came at this point. 3. Continue on Trail of Ten Falls. Watch steep drop offs to your left. Down a steepish embankment to cross bridge, then ascend up. Continue on to view several falls....and a few cautionary notes: two places in the park can be dangerous for people new to the concept of hydraulic power. First, don't wade above Lower North Falls. It's pretty and inviting, but if you fall and gone down the falls, you won't survive. Second, don't let your young kids run ahead. Keep an eye on them and keep them on the trail. Last, Middle North Falls can be a bit dangerous, as it's not ledge-protected by a stone wall. Just be smart! And, have a great time at this wonderful park.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

A nice, slightly shorter alternative to the Trail of Ten Falls for those still working up to 8 mile walks :-) Going clockwise around the loop on the Canyon Trail from South Falls, the first part is heavily trafficked. Beyond the junction with Maple Ridge Trail traffic decreases to almost nothing. There are a few places where the downslope edge of the trail is soft and somewhat prone to crumbling underfoot (i.e. a little dangerous) but the trail is wide enough that this is not a problem as long as you pay attention.

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