Silver Falls and Steigerwald

1/27/2019 Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge, WA

A short walk on a foggy day with one of our sons.

DSC01373DSC01375

DSC01378

Ducks

DSC01446

Swans

DSC01390DSC01396

DSC01440

Great Blue Heron near the bridge

DSC01424

Ephemeral reflections

DSC01425DSC01429DSC01430DSC01432DSC01433DSC01423

DSC01437

Bald eagle pair watching over all.

DSC01443

2.3 miles, hike #5 for 2019.

1/28/2019 Silver Falls, OR

Windy and cold in Portland, but warmer to the south. We drove to Silver Falls State Park in the Cascade foothills east of Salem, Oregon, where the North and South Forks of Silver Creek fall in steep drops or shorter cascades over ledges of volcanic rock. We hiked the Trail of Ten Falls, though we skipped one – so the Trail of Nine Falls. One or more waterfalls every mile of the seven mile loop keeps the trail interesting. Lots of water in the falls, compared to my last visit in August of 2017!

South Falls 177 ft

We started at South Falls, but skipped the path behind the falls as I didn’t want to start out the hike wet.

DSC01454

South Falls from the upper viewpoint

DSC01467

DSC01472

South Falls from the bridge.

Lower South Falls 93 ft

DSC01484

Stairs down the cliff.

DSC01485DSC01493DSC01497

DSC01503

Walking behind the falls.

DSC01509

Dan on the left, emerging from behind the falls.

The trail follows the river, with occasional bridge crossings.

DSC01512

Lower North Falls 30 ft

DSC01518

Double Falls 178 ft

DSC01525

Drake Falls 27 ft

DSC01528

Named for the man who created the park.

Middle North Falls 106 ft

DSC01540DSC01545

Twin Falls 31 ftDSC01557

North Falls 136 ft

The trail leads behind North Falls.

DSC01576DSC01584

DSC01590

Behind the falls.

DSC01593

DSC01602

Looking back.

DSC01607

And now we have to climb up out of the canyon.

DSC01608

Looking back down at North Falls.

We did not walk the extra distance to Upper North Falls (65 ft), but followed the Rim Trail toward –

Winter Falls 134 ft

We only saw the upper lip of this one, though there is a trail down to the base.

DSC01620

Winter Falls rim.

This was the last waterfall of the hike (7.0 miles, 1200 feet, hike #6 for 2019).

Wildlife

There was a ladybug picnic on one of the fence posts:

DSC01463DSC01465

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s