Trail of Ten Falls is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mehama, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length8.7 miElevation gain1,194 ftRoute typeLoop
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Parking at Silver Falls is $5 per vehicle. Pay stations are at most trailheads. A trail in Silver Falls State Park past 10 beautiful waterfalls, perfect for the whole family. This casual hike through a beautiful canyon in Oregon's largest State park takes you past ten beautiful waterfalls ranging in height from 27 feet to 178 feet and 4 of them you can even walk behind. There are plenty of benches to rest at and the trail is extremely well maintained, perfect for the whole family. The park itself is 9,000 acres and contains over 24 miles of trails for biking and hiking.

Parking is $5, lots of parking, picnic tables, and coverings. A gift shop and cafe are located in the park. Don't want to pay for parking? Start at the North Falls trailhead and take a super-quick hike to Silver Falls State Park. There's also another free parking lot that's entrance is about .2 miles north of the main entrance. In the winter they lock-down the main lot at 5pm.

Day use permits are required year round and as of this writing cost $5 with an annual pass costing $30. Pets are allowed in the park and the picnic areas but are not allowed on the Canyon Trail of Ten Falls. The park is open year round. In the dryiest months of August and September, the waterfalls lose much of their water but in the spring months and rainy winter months the falls are powerful but you might get wet on the walk.

Drive Interstate 5 to Salem. Drive east on Highway 22 to exit 7, signed for OR Highway 214. Continue on 214 4.2 miles to Silver Falls State Park. Turn left into the first entrance you'll pass. Pay at the toll booth if it's open, or use the drop box. Alternatively, from the east side of Portland, you can take Exit 10 on I-205 and drive south on Oregon 213. Highway 213 heads straight into the old downtown district of Silverton. Turn left on to Highway 214 and drive 14 miles to the Silver Falls State Park. pass North Falls Trailhead on the right, the parking area for the North Falls Viewpoint and the Winter Falls Trailhead. Soon you'll see signs pointing out South Falls Lodge to the right.

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megan Tricarico
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HikingFeeGreat!

Amazing hike! Gorgeous scenery and waterfalls. Some Muddy places but overall the trail was in great condition.

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Quinn Andrus
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Got an early start and headed counterclockwise. Not too many people until I got to the upper falls then it started filling up. By the time I was walking behind the four lower falls it was crowded, and only half of those people were masking up. It's not a hard trail, mostly, but that first descent by the parking lot has flights of stairs and is steep and I saw a lady carrying an infant while holding a toddler's hand. Another pushing a stroller. I understand, but this isn't a good trail for that. Enjoy!

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Shay Drummond
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Chuck Finley
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Beautiful!

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Danielle Hall
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Trail is mellow and beautiful! A little long for infrequent hikers but it ended up being a great walk for us

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Lisa Scott
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Beautiful day and trail was excellent!

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FC Hart
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Absolutely wonderful trail to do last weekend on a sunny day. I didn’t plan on hiking the entire Canyon Loop but that’s what I wound up doing.

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Jessi Burlage
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HikingMuddy

This hike is a MUST. Be prepared because it is WET - bring a rain coat and gloves. It’s a very popular hike, I recommend getting there early to avoid the clusters of people.

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Carlos Cid
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Beautiful all around. A good amount of people on the first few falls. Lost the crowds in the deeper falls of the trail.

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Sarah Stayer-Clarke
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Ryan Whittaker
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Great easy going trail, I’d recommend parking at the north falls lot and hiking from there as it’s less crowded. Lots of unmasked folks on the trail but because it’s a high traffic tourist spot I guess that’s to be expected, I’ll be back to do the 20 mile back country loop at another time.

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Jourdan & Tristian Brown-Lawrence
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Absolutely amazing! Not very hard!

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Emily Van Ness
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Beautiful hike and incredible to go behind the falls in multiple places. Got pretty busy by about 10am, and the more people we saw the less masks too. But all in all had a nice hike.

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Vanessa Estrella
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super easy trail, started at 1430 and finished at 1800. very safe and well taken care of. I'm sure I would've completed sooner but we did stop many times to take pictures of the beautiful waterfalls

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J Ross
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beautiful trail, well maintained

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Chris Lindsey
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Ended trekking 12 but it was awesome. Being behind the falls is an amazing experience especially with the eroded caves

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Audrey Duguay
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We got there right as the park opened and had the entire place to ourselves until we were nearing the end. The trail was gorgeous and we admired the lush mossy forest, the powerful waterfalls, and the unique trail that brings you behind and beneath several waterfalls. I highly recommend!

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Marlee Jirschele
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This trai is breathtakingly beautiful. The way the forest smells is intoxicating. I arrived around 10-11 am and it was just starting to get busy. There were some inclines on the hike that were a smidge taxing but nothing to crazy. I keep a faster pace, stopping to take pictures and have a snack. Will definitely be coming back here again!

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Toni Cleland
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A little muddy and crowded but a gorgeous day for a hike!

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Amer Tabban
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Long hike but worth every second. A must for sure

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Luke Ferguson
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Amazing trail, take the time to do the full 8.7 miles. Well worth it!

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Nicole Olsen
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HikingMuddy

This trail was so beautiful, every step was a Majical experience. It was like being transported to another world. A must for the whole family.

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Joanna Wu
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Completed the trail on 3/27/2021. Got there at 9:00 AM and there was still tons on parking at the South Falls parking lot B. Left at like 2:30ish PM and no parking available when we left. Also there was a line to the bathroom. Make sure to get there early! It was also pretty chilly in the AM, so wear layers. It got pretty warm around lunch time and it was 65 degrees when we completed the trail. Muddy and also very rocky on some areas of the trail. Also because of the waterfalls and rain, there’s water and puddles everywhere. Rocks and parts of trail were slippery when wet. We started at the South Falls first and went north on the Canyon Trail and then back around on the Rim trail. Did all 8.7 miles! Took us a bit longer than expected but we stopped and took a lot of pictures and made sure we were in the right trails. I recommend wearing good hiking shoes/boots. Saw hikers wearing only trainers and the mud looked like they destroyed them.

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