North Falls

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

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1.5
North Falls

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INTRODUCTION

North Falls seemed to us to be one of the easier waterfalls to access in the Silver Falls State Park. This more or less double-barreled segmented waterfall plunged some 136ft over its overhanging lip, which made it pretty attractive. And speaking of overhanging lip, that meant that we were also able to go behind this waterfall. In this instance, the alcove was particularly deep. It was so deep that we even noticed some trees that have grown within the relative darkness of the alcove itself!

We said it was one of the easier waterfalls to access because we only had to hike roughly 0.3 miles from the car park (see directions below) and the falls. When we left our car, we followed the signs, which got us onto a trail junction beneath the road bridge adjacent to the car park. We turned left at this junction to continue our hike in the downstream direction as the trail pretty much hugged the river responsible for North Falls. Note that turning right at the fork would have led us to Upper North Falls.

The trail downstream descended as it momentarily went away from the watercourse, then switched back towards the falls. The trail then proceeded to go right behind the waterfall before continuing on as part of the Trail of Ten Falls towards Twin Falls a little under a mile further. We turned around at North Falls because we didn't want to walk the extra mile to Twin Falls (and then add another mile on the return) as it turned out that its access made more sense from a different entry point onto the Trail of Ten Falls.

For a different perspective on the North Falls, we checked out the falls from a more distant roadside lookout. From here, we were able to see the falls in more of its context amidst lush surroundings, which was something we didn't quite appreciate from the hiking trail to the waterfall's backside.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Frontal angled view of North Falls in long exposureFrontal angled view of North Falls in long exposure
North Falls was in Silver Falls State Park, but if we went all the way west to the Oregon Coast, we'd see wild coastal scenery like what's shown here at Cape MearesNorth Falls was in Silver Falls State Park, but if we went all the way west to the Oregon Coast, we'd see wild coastal scenery like what's shown here at Cape Meares
Roadside vantage point of North Falls from the Winter Falls car parkRoadside vantage point of the falls near the Winter Falls car park

Looking down towards North Falls on the descent as the trail briefly went away from it before returning to itLooking down towards the falls on the descent as the trail briefly went away from it before returning to it

Profile view of North Falls from within the alcove behind itProfile view of the falls from within the alcove behind it

Directly behind North FallsDirectly behind the waterfall

Looking back at North Falls from the other side after going behind itLooking back at the falls from the other side after going behind it

Signpost of North Falls telling us its heightSignpost of the falls telling us its height


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Sweep from bottom to top of falls from an angle


Sweep from bottom to top from right behind the falls in a large alcove


View of the falls from the opposite side of the alcove


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

There is a dedicated car park near the park's northern entrance (barely 14 miles from Silverton) along Hwy 214.

The roadside viewpoint of this waterfall is about a mile south of the North Falls trailhead or car park along Hwy 214. The roadside car park is nearby the Winter Falls car park.

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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