Eastside Trail Thru Hike

Silver Falls

Silver Falls along the Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

11 miles / 1000′ elevation gain

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Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Ohanapecosh River, Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Mushroom along the Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Waterfall along the Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Ohanapecosh River, Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Waterfall along the Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Suspension bridge along the Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Suspension bridge along the Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Ohanapecosh River, Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Grove of the Patriarchs, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Silver Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Silver Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Silver Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Silver Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Silver Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

Hot spring

Standing in a “hot” spring along the Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

 

Silver Falls State Park – Trail of Ten Falls Day Hike

5+ miles round trip / 500’+ elevation gain

In May, my husband and I hiked behind a waterfall for the first time celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary.  Thanks to a tip by a fellow blogger, a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit Silver Falls State Park down in Oregon.  After spending a few days visiting a friend in Eugene, we were looking for a day hike as we headed north back towards Seattle.  This was our chance to see several waterfalls from all different views just outside of Salem, OR.

From the moment we arrived at this very popular state park I was impressed.  Parking was plentiful even on a beautiful, sunny Sunday.  Even though large groups of people filled the park, it didn’t fill overcrowded.  The dramatic landscapes surrounding the many waterfalls were easily accessible with well maintained trails throughout the park.

Hiking the Trail of Ten Falls was magical with each waterfall having its’ own unique qualities.  We had to cut our time short on the trails due to time constraints, only allowing us to visit seven of the ten waterfalls.  I guess we’ll have to go back one day and see the rest!

South Falls

South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Behind South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Behind South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Lower South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Lower South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Lower South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Lower South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Behind Lower South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Behind Lower South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Lower North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Lower North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

Double Falls

Double Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Middle North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Middle North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Middle North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Winter Falls Falls, Silver Falls State Park, OR

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Rim Trail, Silver Falls State Park, OR