Outstanding Oregon: The Trail of Ten Falls is truly mind-blowing (PHOTOS)

Nov 20 2019, 5:00 am

One of the incredible things about being a Portlander is the easy access to some of the most beautiful wilderness in North America (okay, fine — the world).

The Trail of Ten Falls is just an hour’s drive from Portland, and features 10 different cascading waterfalls that explode into the water below in a fierce display of power.

Whether you’re looking for an escape from the city, or just a relaxing nature getaway with your significant other or family over the weekend, the Trail of Ten Falls will keep even the most outdoorsy person entertained and awe-struck by the sheer beauty of the falls.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Oregon State Parks and portlandoregon.govAlways remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly-taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

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Where is it?

The Trail of Ten Falls is located in Silver Falls State Park, near Silverton in Oregon. Silver Falls State Park is Oregon’s largest state park, and the park is approximately 9,000 acres. The Trail of Ten Falls is exactly just that, a trail approximately seven miles long with 10 incredible waterfalls along the way.

The hike is not difficult, meaning you can bring newbie hikers along or younger family members. Furry friends are unfortunately not allowed.  

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How do you get there?

Take exit 253 which is 45 miles south of Portland. On Route 22 (99E), make sure you head east and drive five miles until you reach exit seven. Exit seven should have a clear sign for Silver Falls State Park and Route 214. Drive along Route 214 for approximately 16 miles and take a left turn when you come across signage for South Falls. Here you’ll find a parking area that leads to the trailhead. 

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What’s there?

This easy hike boasts some of the most incredible waterfalls. The ten beautiful waterfalls are an incredible display of wilderness and aqua power, and feature falls ranging anywhere from 27 feet to 178 feet. South Falls is the largest falls amongst the ten falls, and drops into a roaring curtain of water from a height of 178 feet.

You can walk behind both the North Falls and the Lower South Falls, which makes for some super cool photo opportunities. The trail itself is well-maintained and safe, and while you can visit these falls during the winter too, make sure you are extra cautious as the path can get slippery.

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