Silver Falls State Park Loop

Salem Oregon Trail Runs

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This route takes you past many gorgeous waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park. This gorgeous singletrack path weaves through Silver Creek Canyon, past many spectacular waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park. The trail starts next to South Falls Lodge and descends steeply into the canyon. Immediately, you’ll have a grand view of 177-foot South Falls—one of the park’s most well known waterfalls. Before you know it the trail takes you behind the falls in a unique basalt cave. The cooling spray from the sweeping cascade is a welcome relief on a hot summer’s day. The trail continues to travel along the South Fork of Silver Creek, through a forest of big-leaf maple, sword fern, and Douglas fir. After passing several unique waterfalls, the trail follows the North Fork of Silver Creek and continues past more gorgeous canyon scenery. You’ll finish the loop high up on the rim on the Ridge Trail, which takes you through more shady pine forest on a fast, smooth track. Your best trail-running experience will be during non–prime time tourist hours in the early spring or late fall. Rest rooms and water are available at the trailhead.
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Trail Running Oregon

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Publishing)

This route takes you past many gorgeous waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park. This gorgeous singletrack path weaves through Silver Creek Canyon, past many spectacular waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park. The trail starts next to South Falls Lodge and descends steeply into the canyon. Immediately, you’ll have a grand view of 177-foot South Falls—one of the park’s most well known waterfalls. Before you know it the trail takes you behind the falls in a unique basalt cave. The cooling spray from the sweeping cascade is a welcome relief on a hot summer’s day. The trail continues to travel along the South Fork of Silver Creek, through a forest of big-leaf maple, sword fern, and Douglas fir. After passing several unique waterfalls, the trail follows the North Fork of Silver Creek and continues past more gorgeous canyon scenery. You’ll finish the loop high up on the rim on the Ridge Trail, which takes you through more shady pine forest on a fast, smooth track. Your best trail-running experience will be during non–prime time tourist hours in the early spring or late fall. Rest rooms and water are available at the trailhead.

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Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Salem
Length: 6.9
Elevation Gain: 515 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Year-round (can be icy in winter)
Local Contacts: Oregon State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Drake Crossing
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Recent Trail Reviews

2/28/2014

Ditto to trekking. A hike I am sure I will do many times. It is also an awesome geological story

9/6/2009

Excellent trail for the beginner-expert trail runner. Well paved and stunning natural beauty every where. Should be on every bodys visit list! Its also very easy to find...

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