Winter Falls Loop

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Winter Falls Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverton, Oregon that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1174 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

no dogs

Winter Falls Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located in Silver Falls State Park, near Silverton, Oregon that features seven waterfalls. This is a slightly shorter version of the Trail of Ten Falls. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

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4 days ago

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1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

walking
2 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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