Upper North Falls

Silver Falls State Park / Salem, Oregon, USA

About Upper North Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.4 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Date first visited: 2009-03-31
Date last visited: 2009-03-31

Waterfall Latitude: 44.88326
Waterfall Longitude: -122.61412

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Upper North Falls was a pretty compact but classically rectangular-shaped 65ft waterfall.

We easily reached this waterfall after a short walk of about 0.2 miles (each way, I recaled) along the creek responsible for the falls itself.

Silver_Falls_075_03312009 - Upper North Falls in Silver Falls State Park
Upper North Falls in Silver Falls State Park

The trail to the Upper North Falls began by crossing the bridge near the trailhead (see directions below) in much the same way as for North Falls before reaching a fork.

This time however, we turned right at this fork and went under the bridge before taking the trail following the creek upstream.

One thing that struck us about the trail that went under the bridge was that it looked close enough to the creek and was fronted by gates (which were open during our visit) that it made us suspect this part was prone to flooding.

It didn’t flood during our visit, but we were keenly aware that if the creek would run too high, then it would inundate the trail thereby causing the trail’s closure.

Silver_Falls_081_03312009 - Context of the short trail heading upstream to the Upper North Falls as an out-and-back hike
Context of the short trail heading upstream to the Upper North Falls as an out-and-back hike

In any case, we continued a few minutes further upstream to the view of the Upper North Falls that you see at the top of this page.

Of all the waterfalls on the Trail of Ten Falls, this was the only one where we had to treat it like an out-and-back hike since the trail reached a dead-end at the falls.

There was no way to continue going in a loop.

Overall, Julie and I spent about 25 minutes in total away from the car to do the out-and-back excursion to just this waterfall.

Authorities

Upper 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_067_03312009 - Approaching the Upper North Falls from the short trail following its creek upstream
Silver_Falls_068_03312009 - Julie approaching Upper North Falls
Silver_Falls_069_03312009 - Passing by a sign indicating the height of Upper North Falls
Silver_Falls_073_03312009 - Direct look at the Upper North Falls with attractive trees above it
Silver_Falls_077_03312009 - Julie checking out Upper North Falls while trying not to get too sprayed by its mist

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You can get here by parking at the North Falls car park along Hwy 214 towards the northern side of the park (just north of the road bridge going over the creek).

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

Brief look at the waterfall

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