“An easy loop trail, climaxing at one of the park's most beautiful waterfalls.
— Tom Robson
Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
The clear, icy, and swift Ohanapecosh River tumbles over Silver Falls as it flows from its headwaters in the glaciers and snowfields out to the sea. Approach with extreme caution! Although inviting to sit on, the rocks near Silver Falls are wet and very slippery. Supervise children closely!
Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.
Need to Know
Although there is no wilderness camp in the area surrounding Silver Falls, the Ohanapecosh Campground is available for visitors who wish to camp in the vicinity. For those who prefer to run to a trailside camp rather than stay in a drive-in campground, wilderness camping permits are required. Permits, backpacking information and current trail conditions for the area are available from the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. Permits and information are also available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.
This is a very crowded trail with families and slow walkers, be respectful of other trail users.
This relatively level trail along the river is a popular one with families. It leads runners along the east side of the river 1.5 miles to the falls, crosses a bridge, then loops back to the Ohanapecosh Campground on the river's west side.
Flora & Fauna
Opportunities abound for enjoying the old-growth forest community seen along this trail. Listen for the tapping of woodpeckers. Look for deer and other wildlife. Along the river fly fishermen can often be seen trying their luck. Once at Silver Falls, take time to enjoy the beautiful sight and sound of this popular spot.