Lower South Falls

Silver Falls State Park / near Salem / Marion County, Oregon, USA

Rating: 3.5     Difficulty: 2.5
Lower South Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Lower South Falls surprised us as it was every bit as attractive as its more famous upper counterpart. This one featured a classically rectangular shape as it dropped 93ft but its wide rectangular shape was quite reminiscent of Rainbow Falls in California's Devil's Postpile National Monument in the Eastern Sierras. However, the Silver Falls State Park version also allowed us to walk behind the waterfall.

Come to think of it, almost half of Silver Falls State Park's 10 main waterfalls had let us go behind them. I guess that was kind of like the park's M.O. (modus operandi), or at least the thing that made the waterfalls in this park stand out as more than just a collection of waterfalls.

In any case, we reached this waterfall by hiking an additional 0.8 miles downstream from South Falls or about 1.2 miles from the car park. From there, we could have continued along the Trail of Ten Falls for another 1.3 miles to Lower North Falls, but we opted instead to backtrack to the car park and drive to the other car parks to see the other falls on the trail.

In doing so, we probably saved about a mile or two of hiking in the process. So we'll let you decide whether to do the eco-friendly option or not.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Lower view of Lower South FallsLower view of Lower South Falls
Lower South Falls was one of several Silver Falls State Park waterfalls, which was roughly over an hour or so's drive south of Portland, which itself is shown here during the cherry blossomLower South Falls was one of several Silver Falls State Park waterfalls, which was roughly over an hour or so's drive south of Portland, which itself is shown here during the cherry blossom
Way to the west of Salem, OR is the Oregon Coast, which struck us with its wild beauty such as this photo taken from a lookout at Cape MearesWay to the west of Salem, OR is the Oregon Coast, which struck us with its wild beauty such as this photo taken from a lookout at Cape Meares
Julie descending steps as she approached Lower South FallsJulie descending steps as she approached the falls

Composed view of Lower South Falls in the rainComposed view of the falls in the rain

Julie getting closer to Lower South FallsJulie getting closer to the falls

The red dot on the right side of the photo is Julie approaching the back of Lower South FallsThe red dot on the right side of the photo is Julie approaching the back of the falls

The trail going behind Lower South FallsThe trail going behind the falls

Behind the Lower South FallsBehind the waterfall

Another look at the far side of Lower South FallsAnother look at the far side of the falls

Sign fronting Lower South Falls stating its heightSign fronting Lower south Falls stating its height


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep from the bottom to top from the opposite side of the alcove behind the falls


Looking from left to right from directly behind the waterfall


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We started the hike to get to this falls from the same car park as for South Falls. See that page for the driving directions.

For further geographical context, Portland was 42 miles (an hour drive) north of Silverton and 47 miles (also an hour drive) north of Salem.


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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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