Hiking The Trail of Ten Waterfalls – Nature At Its Best, Day 72

lower south falls
19 Nov

Today we headed out to take on the Trail of Ten Waterfalls. This scenic trail is located in Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, Oregon.

Located south-southeast of Salem, the state’s capital, it is the considered the ‘Crown-Jewel’ of the Oregon State Park System.

This park encompasses over 9,000 acres. And it is the home of over 24 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of horse trails.

hiking path
The Trail of Ten Waterfalls takes you from the top of canyon to the bottom of the forest.

Although, most first time visitors to Oregon typically pass by this gorgeous park. Instead, most people tend to visit the Columbia River Gorge area for both sightseeing and hiking opportunities.

I understand that this area is designated as a National Scenic Area. But you would be hard pressed to find any better views than those on the Trail of Ten Falls.

Trail of Ten Falls

This trail is a nationally recognized hiking path that weaves through a dense forested landscape.

The trail takes you up close, and sometimes at the very top or at the base of 10 different waterfalls. And for at least 3 of those, you can walk behind the waterfall to get a unique view and an ear shattering experience of the power of the waterfall.

The South Waterfalls
The South Falls was our first stop and we were more than impressed with the 177 foot drop and the power of the water that flowed below.

But I have to admit, as much as I love waterfalls, I was enamered by the entire experience as we walked along the Trail of Ten Falls.

The rocky, dirt path takes you along a rocky canyon and descends to a winding creek at the forest floor. You could not take your eyes off the trail, otherwise you would likely trip and fall on the exposed rock and or branches that were scattered throughout.

rocky trail
You must keep your eyes down when walking on this trail so that you don’t trip and fall.

Not to mention, the trails today were wet from rain, and dodging puddles was a must to keep your feet dry.

But every time that we could look up, we saw streams of water running over the rocky base leading to a waterfall somewhere down the path.

stream on trail of ten waterfalls
Throughout the entire trail you could follow streams and rivers that led to another waterfall.

The Trees….

But there were also huge pine trees in the distance. And these trees were massive!!! If I had to guess they were at least a hundred years old and stood over 175 feet tall.

But what caught my eye most of all was the thick and dense moss in the forest. The bright green moss encased the trunks and branches of most of the trees that surrounded us.

moss covered trees
The moss covered trees were absolutely stunning with beauty in their own right.

The moss sometimes would be tight against the bark. However, many of the trees had strings of moss hanging well below the actual branches.

Later we learned that the areas that had the most ‘stringy’ moss, were the areas on the trail with the most purified air.

But instead of trying to put in words the beauty and magnitude of our trip on the Trail of Ten Waterfalls, take a look at the pictures instead.

However, keep in mind, like all landscape photos that are taken by amateurs, pictures never do it justice.

More Photos From The Trail of Ten Waterfalls

behind the trail of ten waterfalls
Here is a view from behind the South Falls. The power of the water cascading below makes it difficult to hear each other talk.
enchanted path
The beauty of the area is not just from waterfalls. The actual trail itself is lined with gorgeous trees and greenery that will take your breath away.
lower south falls
Another view of the Lower South Falls as we climb up the trail. This is the same waterfall that is in the first picture of this article.
lower north falls
A tree has fallen across the Lower Northern Falls and will sit there until the power of the waterfalls pushes it below.
The Lodge
The Lodge that sits at the entrance of the South Falls trail has been there for over 80 years, when built as part of the CCC government program.
hanging coats to dry
After our long hike, we enjoyed sitting in the lodge for a few minutes in front of the fire to dry off. Even our raincoats appreciated the warmth and dryness as they hung to dry on each side.

Happy Traveling! – Jim and Mary


  • Day 72 of 365
  • States Visited: 11 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 10
  • Stayed In : Albany, Oregon
  • Miles Driven : 83.4
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 7706.7
  • Total Gallons Used : 575.13
  • Biking Miles : 0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 133.0
  • Hiking Miles : 7.3
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 158.8

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4 thoughts on “Hiking The Trail of Ten Waterfalls – Nature At Its Best, Day 72

  1. Myself and a couple of other senior ladies are in the planning stages of seeing the Oregon waterfalls. How would you rate the trails as far as difficulty and was there a lot of uphill?
    Met you at Ucamp19 and have been following your trip. Amazing what you are doing and the pictures are gorgeous. Maybe a video for Ucamp20 would be in order. Travel on!!

    1. Hi Cathy I would have to say that the trails would be considered a moderate hike. You can easily drive to the top of the South Falls and walk on a paver path. However, to see the other falls, you have to be able to walk on dirt and gravel paths that have many rock and tree root obstacles with a climb down (and therefore up) about 800 feet. We did see a group of senior ladies from Portland with walking sticks and hiking boots and they seemed to be managing just fine. Hope that helps!

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