North Falls

Silver Falls State Park / Salem, Oregon, USA

About North Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2009-03-30
Date last visited: 2009-03-30

Waterfall Latitude: 44.88495
Waterfall Longitude: -122.62294

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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.

Silver_Falls_SP_058_03302009 - North Falls in Silver Falls State Park
North Falls in Silver Falls State Park

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!

Experiencing North Falls

We said North Falls was one of the easier waterfalls to access because we only had to hike roughly 0.3 miles from the trailhead (see directions below) to 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 parking area.

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.

Silver_Falls_SP_049_03302009 - Looking out from behind North Falls in its pretty deep recess
Looking out from behind North Falls in its pretty deep recess

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 North Falls.

The trail then proceeded to go right behind the waterfall before continuing on as part of the longer 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).

It turned out that accessing Twin Falls made more sense from a different entry point onto the Trail of Ten Falls.

North Falls Viewpoint

Silver_Falls_SP_040_03302009 - View of North Falls from a roadside lookout near the Winter Falls Trailhead
View of North Falls from a roadside lookout near the Winter Falls Trailhead

Finally, 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.

This lookout was closer to the Winter Falls Trailhead (see directions below).

Authorities

North Falls resides in Silver Falls State Park near Salem in Marion County, Oregon. It is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Silver_Falls_SP_042_03302009 - Looking down towards North Falls on the descent towards the waterfall as the trail briefly went further downstream away from it before returning towards the waterfall's base and backside
Silver_Falls_SP_045_03302009 - Another look back towards North Falls from further along the trail to get to its backside
Silver_Falls_SP_050_03302009 - Looking out from directly behind North Falls within the waterfall's deep alcove
Silver_Falls_SP_054_03302009 - Looking back at North Falls from the other side after going behind it
North_Falls_001_jx_03302009 - Signpost of North Falls telling us its height

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For the nearest access to North Falls, there is a dedicated parking area near the Silver Falls State Park’s northern entrance (barely 14 miles from Silverton) along Hwy 214.

From this approach, the parking lot will be on the right side of the road just before a bridge at a sharp bend on the Hwy 214.

For the roadside viewpoint of North Falls, it 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 trailhead.

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

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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