Silver Falls State Park

April 26, 2008

Despite Silver Falls State Park being the largest park in the Oregon system there is no sign on I-5 about where to exit. You just need to memorize exit #253 and turn right heading east. From here the signage is good! A couple of safety concerns are at Lower South Falls. Some of the metal hand railings are missing and some of the stepping stones in the steps are loose. Get there early. We arrived at 10:00 a.m., with only about a dozen cars in the parking lot. When we left at 2:30 there was a line of 15–20 cars waiting to buy their $3 parking permit at the machine. Spring flowers appeared to be late a couple of weeks! There is a bathroom at North Falls. A little “weiner” dog bit me! No dogs are allowed in the canyon, but they are allowed on the rim trail!

Hikers were: Joan Abel, Bob Beltz, Liz DeShetler, Sabine Dutoit, Noreen Franz Yuan Hopkins, Corinne Hunt, Barb Revere, Ernst Schwinter and Scott Hovis, leader.

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