Silver Falls

Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area / Coos Bay, Oregon, USA

About Silver Falls

Hiking Distance: 1/4- to 1/2-mile round trip
Suggested Time: 15-30 minutes

Date first visited: 2009-04-02
Date last visited: 2009-04-02

Waterfall Latitude: 43.48779
Waterfall Longitude: -123.93203

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Silver Falls near Coos Bay seemed to us to be a waterfall that ought to get more love than what it appeared to get during our rain-heavy Oregon trip in March 2009. I could totally see how a waterfall like this would have been a major draw in Southern California, for example). But since it was within the waterfall-laden state of Oregon, it seemed like it was treated as just another average waterfall.

We actually didn’t anticipate visiting this waterfall on that March 2009 trip, but bad weather and snow closures made us retreat away from the inland mountains and towards the Oregon Coast. I’d have to say that we were quite glad to have made the last-minute change of plans. So as we were headed to a place like Bandon Beach, we had to go through Coos Bay and that was when we noticed some signage and literature that led us on this spontaneous detour.

Not to be confused with the Silver Falls State Park east of Salem (which strangely enough didn’t even have a waterfall there named Silver Falls), this one plunged some 100ft with a rock protruding near its top essentially splitting the waterfall. Now since we were there in the midst of unseasonably late Winter storms and days upon days of rain, perhaps the high flow of the falls wasn’t the norm. Thus, we’d imagine that under more average conditions in late Spring and Summer, perhaps this falls would probably have lower flow conditions most of the time. As a result, the photos you see on this page might reflect higher flow than average.

In addition to seeing the falls from the short 15-minute return walk from the car park, there was a 60-minute round trip Upper Trail that passed by the side of this waterfall near its base on the other side of the creek before continuing to climb towards the top of Golden Falls.

Given the continued foul weather on our visit, we didn’t linger here for too long. We were merely content to take what photos we could while limiting water exposure to our electronics. Perhaps under calmer conditions, I could envision a little more exploration in the area as well as a picnic.

Silver_Falls_001_jx_04022009 - Sign at the trailhead
Silver_Falls_002_jx_04022009 - Julie on the muddy trail
Silver_Falls_005_jx_04022009 - Approaching the waterfall viewpoint
Silver_Falls_009_04022009 - Silver Falls in context amidst the rain
Silver_Falls_008_jx_04022009 - A short spur to the base of Silver Falls from the upper trail leading to the top of Golden Falls
Silver_Falls_010_jx_04022009 - Silver Falls from the Upper Trail


From the town of Coos Bay along the Hwy 101 on the Southern Oregon Coast, we headed east on Coos River Hwy (note: the Hwy 101 is more like any other busy city street at this point). We followed the Coos River Hwy for about 24 miles all the way to the end of the road at the trailhead for both Silver Falls and Golden Falls.

Coos Bay was about 24 miles (30 minutes drive) north of Bandon, 116 miles (over 2 hours drive) southwest of Eugene, 165 miles (3 hours drive) northwest of Medford, and 224 miles (nearly 4 hours drive) south of Portland.

Bottom up sweep of the falls

Sweep of the falls from a spur branching off the Upper Trail

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