Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hiking Silver Falls

After a fun evening at Champoeg, we decided we wanted to go for a hike at Silver Falls State Park.  Silver Falls has a lot of waterfalls in the area and we've gone there a few times, but we've done the same hike both times, so we decided to explore another place to see some different waterfalls.  We parked at the group camp area (and were the only car there... it made us a little nervous) and went down a pretty steep trail to get to the canyon trail.  We immediately encountered Twin Falls, the first of the 5 waterfalls we would see on our hike.

It was another beautiful day - sunny and over 70 degrees again.  We're making sure to take advantage of all these nice days since we're not sure how long they'll last!

Middle North Falls was the second waterfall we came to.  We could hear it from a little ways away because it is a pretty big waterfall with quite a bit of water going over it.  We could walk behind it and see it from behind and from the other side of the creek.

Claire stopped for a moment to get a picture behind the waterfall.  It was pretty wet behind there.

Silver Falls has moss all over the place!  With spring coming a little early and the trees budding and leaves coming out, it was super green everywhere!

The last waterfall we saw was also the last one we saw - Double Falls, 178 feet tall.  It was a short spur off the main trail, and Jacob and Claire were quite excited when they discovered it.

Kate and Liam were good little hikers.  We've had some experiences hiking with Kate where she was a little short on patience, and fortunately, she was good for almost all of the hike.  She decided she wanted to wear my hat for part of the time.

As usual, Liam was just happy to be outside on a hike.  Going up and down the steep slopes at the beginning and end of the hikes reminded me how heavy Liam is!

Here's a picture looking downstream of a little bridge over the creek.

Before going back up the steep trail to the car, we got ourselves a little snack. Jacob and Claire were good little hikers!


Anonymous said...

you are so very good about family looks very beautiful and you will have to take me on that hike someday

. Mom