Silver Falls Waterfall Loop

May 20, 2007

A dauntless dozen met on an Oregon (read rainy) Sunday morning. Two hours later we were on the lush trails of Silver Falls State Park. The extra rain water added showiness to the many awesome falls. Our original plan was The Trail of Ten Falls, about 8.7 miles… plus side trips. Although formed from the same volcanic geology, the dozen waterfalls we saw each had a character of its own. Walking BEHIND four plunging waterfalls was a special treat. Ferns, mosses and Spring blooms added their accent. Vine maples, yews and even thorny Devil’s club added their greenery below towering firs and hemlocks.

Our loop was shortened due to time (Jim’s picture taking?) and maybe due to the persistent precipitation. We took the “short-cut” and some “sprinted” back to the cars. Then most of us drove to North Falls and hiked down to both the north falls. In all we covered 6.3 miles in our five hours on the trail… speedy, huh… Jim only took 212 pictures. Hikers included non-members Annette Gilmer, Charlene Pierce, Lee Young and exchange student Maria Behnendt. Members enjoying the outing were Les Brod, Carol Fairbanks, Pat Hutchens, Marshall Kandell, Sachiko Iwasaki, Barb Schomaker, Mel Zavodsky and leader Jim Pierce.


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