About Upper North Falls
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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