We’re off! We set out on the road April 2nd. Nearly a year to the day from last year. Only this time we’re heading east rather than setting out to the west as we have the last two years. With the early start, it’s still quite cold in the Northwest, and wet.
After stopping in the Willamette Valley for the Tulip Festival, we drove another hour to Silver Falls State Park. This is a park we visited 25 years ago with our two dogs only to find out that the trails are not dog-friendly. That’s understandable because the main trail is very steep leading down to rushing water heading over a falls. GERONIMO, Fido!! The park system just does not have the resources to rescue dogs that are not responsibly kept on the trails. For those with four legged friends, there are several dog-friendly trails within the park and campground. Still a neat way to explore the outdoors.
Yes, the real reason to visit this park is for the the waterfalls. Oregon boasts some of the best waterfalls in all of America. Silver Falls is considered the “Crown Jewel” of Oregon State Parks. Just 60 miles from Portland it is also one of the most popular. With the campground booked up in the summer months, April is a prime time to visit.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built this park back in the 1930’s. Trails, lodge, bridges, and park structures were all built by the greatest federal program of 20th-century. Thanks FDR.
The centerpiece of the park is the 10-mile Trail of Ten Falls. This is a moderate loop hike with only about a 800 foot elevation gain. Where else can you walk behind a 177 foot waterfall? Right here at South Falls. A perfect half-day hike.
We spent four days in the campground. The last day was wet which meant we were camped up in the van. Every other day we hiked, reignited the gear, and cooked over the campfire. It’s early April, pretty early in camp season, but for us, we like it that way.
A wet week of waterfalls with no WiFi. It’s good to be on the road again!
Sing it Willie!!
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again