If you need a little coaxing, let me tell you that the extra 0.1 miles you have to walk from the main trail to visit Double Falls is quite worth the little stroll around the bend.
Double Falls is the highest waterfall in Silver Creek Falls State Park. Water drops a full 178 feet before splashing into the small pool at its base. Double Falls is a combination of two individual waterfalls. The highest, and smallest, waterfall can be seen near the top right of the picture.
Notice the young couple sitting out on the edge of the waterfall in this picture. This is NOT recommeneded! Although the summer water levels are relatively low, one misstep or a slippery rock could ruin your day. Don’t take chances with Mother Nature
Lower South Falls is just a little over one mile downstream from “South Falls.” The hike is quite easy, but there are some steps that must be traversed to reach the trail which goes behind the falls. Some times these steps can be wet and muddy so watch your footing.
At 177 feet high, South Falls is the most popular waterfall in the park. Although it is the largest of the Silver Creek Falls, Double Falls is one foot higher at 178 feet. Some argue the point that Double Falls is just that, two falls and thus should not be counted as one for height purposes.
Located a short quarter mile from the main parking lot, South Falls has a paved trail which forms a short loop. The loop is moderately steep in places and has a few switchbacks to and from the falls. As you hike along the trail you will travel behind the waterfall for a spectactual view, be prepared to get a little damp.
When you reach the bottom you will cross the bridge from which this picture was taken. You will find a nice pool to take a dip in if you brought your swimming outfits. From here you can take the trail to Lower South Falls or make the short assent back to the picnic and headquarters area.
Nestled in the hills east of Salem, Oregon, Silver Creek Falls State Park is a favorite of both locals and out-of-towners alike. An easy half hour drive from Salem, you would be hard pressed to find a better park in which to observe so many beautiful waterfalls.
Silver Creek has two branches, the north and the south. South Falls and Lower South Falls are both formed by the southern branch of Silver Creek. The northern branch contains the large remainder of the waterfalls found in this park.
The best times of the year to view waterfalls is shortly after the spring snowmelt has begun. This will allow you to catch a view while the waterflow is at it’s maximum. April has been proven a good viewing month.
Take a hike with us as we visit the many beautiful waterfalls that Silver Creek’s two branches have developed.
Fort Rock is located in the high Oregon desert some 70 miles southeast of Bend, OR. Part of the northern Great Basin, the Fort Rock Valley is part of an ancient dried lake. Fort Rock itself is an extinct volcano. Native Americans made this place their home as early as 10,000 years ago. In 1938, archaeologist Luther Cressman found sandals made of bark and sagebrush in a nearby cave . They were carbon dated to over 9,000 years old It is reported that you can find trinkets and arrowheads in this area. (NOTE: It is a crime to remove any material from a State Park.)
The smell of sagebrush is strong in the air. Temperatures are in the extremes. In the summer it can become hotter than 100 degrees, in the winter freezing is expected. The growing season in Fort Rock Valley is very short but with modern irrigation farmers can produce up to three crops of high quality alfalfa.
The hike around the interior is about a 1 mile round trip.
Hwy 97 south from Bend, OR, 31 miles to La Pine, OR.
On the south side of La Pine turn left on Hwy 31 towards Reno, NV.
Travel on Hwy 97 for about 33 miles and turn left on to a well paved county road, the sign is well marked.
If you haven’t spotted Fort Rock yet, give yourself a mile or two. If you miss it you need to get your prescription checked.
There are no Oregon State Park day use fees for this park
Waldo Lake is definitely one of Oregon’s purest jewels. At 5,414 feet, 58 miles southeast of Eugene, OR., Waldo Lake provides a relaxing atmosphere, exciting wilderness hikes and the opportunity to engage in non-motorized watersports.
In the summer of 1996 a forest fire burnt over 10,000 acres of the forest surrounding the northern shore of Waldo Lake and the nearby Rigdon Butte Lakes.
Waldo Lake is the head of the historic Willamette River. Oregon’s second largest lake, it is upstaged only by Klamath Lake in the south. At 420 feet, Waldo Lake is also Oregon’s second deepest lake, fish can be seen swimming through clear, pure water 100 feet below the lakes surface. Only Crater Lake can compete with Waldo Lake’s depth.
The United States Forest Service maintains three campgrounds on the east side of the lake:
North Waldo Lake
The lake is popular with sailors who bring their sailboats and catamarans. All three campgrounds have boat ramps. At the North Waldo Lake campground we observed slips for boats and little alcoves which were made near the campsites in which canoes and kayaks are kept.
Although motorized boats are still allowed on the lake, speed must be kept below 10 miles per hour. We support the proposed plans to prohibit all non-emergency motorized traffic on the lake. This lake is considered one of the worlds most pure and natural water sources, and should be preserved.
Evenings, be it clear or partially cloudy, will provide you with some most spectacular sunsets looking west across the lake.
Rigdon Lakes Trail, around Rigdon Butte
Take Oregon State Highway 58 east from Eugene.
You will pass through the town of Oakridge (if you don’t have your forest passes, stop at the ranger station here).
Turn left (north) at the well marked exit to Waldo Lake.
The road is very well maintained, watch for rocks in the road near cuts.
Travel to your selected campground or trailhead along the road