Winter Falls

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

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Winter Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Winter Falls plunged audibly when it was flowing beneath the Rim Trail portion of the Trail of Ten Falls. It had a dedicated car park, which came in handy as we visited the majority of the Silver Falls State Park waterfalls from this trailhead. This particular waterfall was said to fall and tumble from a height of about 134ft though it was difficult to capture the whole falls without a very wide angle lens.

I suspected that the name came from the fact that it might be primarily a Winter waterfall. However, that didn't mean that the waterfall wouldn't be flowing in the Spring months. In fact, it had the benefit of pretty healthy rain during our March visit in 2009. Towards the bottom of the initial descent, we were able to get somewhat frontal views of the falls but then the flanking trees alongside the trail got in our line of sight.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Winter 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 has nice spots like the Chinese GardenWinter 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 has nice spots like the Chinese Garden
Way to the west of Salem, OR is the Oregon Coast, which struck us with its wild beauty such as this photo taken from Cape LookoutWay to the west of Salem, OR is the Oregon Coast, which struck us with its wild beauty such as this photo taken from Cape Lookout
Signpost indicating the height of Winter FallsSignpost indicating the height of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Looking from bottom to top of the tall falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The Winter Falls car park and trailhead is about 0.9 miles south and west of the North Falls car park along Hwy 214. It's just west of the distant viewpoint of North Falls. Overall, this was a 15-mile drive (roughly 20 minutes) southeast of Silverton.

As for the 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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