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North Falls Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Sunbeams from the grotto behind North Falls (Steve Hart)
A small cascade along the trail to North Falls (Steve Hart)
Head clearance is a bit scant in places on the narrow trail (Steve Hart)
  • Start point: North Falls TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: North Falls
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 0.8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 90 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: Year round (best in spring)
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: Yes


Hike Description

This is a short hike, but it has quite a bit of elevation gain. It's often done to complete the tour of Silver Falls State Park, after hikers have finished the Silver Falls Lower Loop Hike.

From the North Falls Trailhead, cross the bridge and follow the Canyon Trail straight ahead at the first trail junction. At the second junction, signed for the Rim Trail or Canyon Trail, take the right fork, stay on the Canyon Trail and start down the stairs. You'll soon be greeted with great views of North Falls. The farther down you go, the larger the waterfall seems. At the bottom, there's a huge cave like grotto behind the waterfall. Relax, have a bite and enjoy the majestic setting.

Avoid thinking about those stairs. They'll only depress you.


Regulations or restrictions, etc

  • State Park Pass required. $5.00 daily. There's a drop box at the trailhead, next to the restroom.

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland by Paul Gerald
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades by William L Sullivan
  • Silver Falls Park in Oregon by Mark & Diane Pearson (Kindle)

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