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Upper North Falls Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Upper North Falls (Steve Hart)
Small side waterfall on the Upper North Falls Trail (Steve Hart)
Berries blooming in the early spring. (Steve Hart)
  • Start point: North Falls TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point; Upper North Falls
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 0.6 miles
  • Elevation gain: 40 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: Year round (Best in spring)
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: Yes


Hike Description

From the North Falls Trailhead, cross the North Fork of Silver Creek on a bridge. Turn right on the Upper North Falls Trail and loop beneath the trail bridge and the Highway 214 Bridge. From here, the trail ambles along, just above creek level. You'll pass the Perimeter-Upper North Falls Trail Junction and in about a quarter mile you'll come to Upper North Falls.

Upper North Falls is the only waterfall in Silver Falls State Park that's not on a trail loop. Stashed away east of the highway, "Upper North" is often overlooked or forgotten by visitors. For that reason it may be the most peaceful waterfall in the park. The North Fork of Silver Creek drops of a 25 foot basalt ridge here.


Regulations or restrictions, etc

  • $5.00 daily state park fee. A drop box is available at the trailhead.

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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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