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South Falls Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Looking out from behind South Falls (Steve Hart)
South Falls from the viewpoint (Steve Hart)
  • Start point: South Falls Lodge TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: South Falls
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 0.9 miles
  • Elevation gain: 280 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: Year round (best in spring)
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: Yes


Hike Description

This is a quick hike for first time visitors to Silver Falls Park. From the South Falls Lodge, head west on the Canyon Trail to the South Falls Viewpoint. Take the time to read the signs and soak in a little history. Then head down the trail passed the junction for Frenchie Falls. Frenchie Falls is worth a trip only during a spring rain and then only because it's a 100 yard hike (Think small, people). When you come to a second fork, take the right path, marked Canyon Trail.

This trail drops down to a footbridge over the creek. There are views of South Falls through the trees all the way down. The view from the bridge itself is one of the best. At the bridge, there's another trail junction. Here. you'll turn left and head back up the cliff face. The trail curves behind the waterfall in a large cave like area. There's even a bench here, sheltered from the rain, although it's completely in the spray if the wind is wrong.

The trail continues around the amphitheater, gradually climbing back to the earlier trail junction.


Regulations or restrictions, etc

  • State Park Pass required. $5.00 daily at the parking lot gatekeeper.

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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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