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Trail of Ten Falls

Intermediate

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7.8 mile 12.5 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,062' 324 m
Descent: -1,063' -324 m
High: 1,662' 507 m
Low: 1,136' 346 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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A captivating loop that travels to all of the waterfalls in the park.

Kristen Arendt

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Though the route is well defined, and the waterfalls provide a refreshing backdrop to your run, you'll need to bring enough water for the full ~8 mile journey. There are no water resources along the way, and summer visitors will need to bring their own.

Overview

Silver Falls State Park is considered the crown jewel of the Oregon State Park system and the Trail of Ten Falls run is a waterfall lover's dream as well as the highlight of your visit.

Need to Know

Though the route is well defined, and the waterfalls provide a refreshing backdrop to your run, you'll need to bring enough water for the full ~8 mile journey. There are no water resources along the way, and summer visitors will need to bring their own.

Description

Located about 25 miles east of Salem, Silver Falls State Park is located at 20024 Silver Falls Hwy. From Salem, take Hwy 22 east to Hwy 214 and follow signs to the park. The park is considered the crown jewel of the Oregon State Park system and it won't take runners long to figure out why.

The Trail of Ten Falls is named for, you guessed it, the no less than ten waterfalls you'll experience. You'll pass alongside, above, and even behind waterfalls on this 8.7-mile loop through second-growth forest of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. Silver Falls State Park is a place of many visitors, yet the trails are kept in amazing shape and are easy to navigate.

Once you descend into the gorge where the trail is located, you'll run up and down rolling terrain and even stairs leading down the steeper sections.

With two options to shorten the loop, you can get a power-packed waterfall tour in only a couple of hours. The run, regardless of the length you choose, is much better in a counter-clockwise direction, starting from the South Falls Lodge; that way you end by passing behind the spectacular South Falls.

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Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

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Check-Ins

Mar 19, 2019
Cj Parker
Dec 11, 2018
Glenn glenncaffery@gmail.com
With Cel and Colleen--stunning, not crowded due to rain
Dec 2, 2018
Austin Burns
$5 parking fee
Aug 26, 2018
Stephen Schweitzer
Aug 19, 2018
Amanda Colestock
lots of hikers, crowded! very beautiful still 6.7mi
Aug 3, 2018
Lee L'Oste-Brown
Jul 10, 2017
kendallk Krause
Jan 11, 2017
Melisa Galanti
Closed - but took some cool pictures

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  4.7 from 79 votes

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Photos

A Bursting Flood
Mar 20, 2019 near Lyons, OR
South Falls shrouded by fall leaves.
Oct 13, 2016 near Lyons, OR
South Falls In The Fall
Dec 30, 2018 near Lyons, OR
North Falls at Silver Falls State Park, OR.
Oct 13, 2016 near Lyons, OR
The bridge beneath South Falls.
Oct 13, 2016 near Lyons, OR
The South, Ansel Style
Mar 20, 2019 near Lyons, OR

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