Well of course it's been a bit... Sadly I didn't catch up in time before we reached our goal of 365 waterfalls. I'll continue however it will be in reflection.________________________________________________________________________________
Starting out the day the morning showed promise of a dry day.
Our plan was see all the waterfalls on the Silver Falls Trail and a few more nearby. The main gate doesn't open until 8am and we arrived 7am so we started off with North Falls. North Falls is huge and was flowing heavy today.
|#79 North Falls (trail ~ easy access)|
With all the brush still resting from it's slumber we could clearly see the falls from pretty far back on the trail. Getting a decent shot of Upper North Falls we headed back to the car.
|#80 Upper North Falls (trail ~ easy access)|
Considering we were trying to save time we drove back to the South entrance. The stone work at the beginning of the trail really is impressive. Before the main falls we took a slight off-trail detour and got a shot of Frenchie Falls.
|#81 Frenchie Falls (off-trail ~ moderate access)|
|#82 South Falls (trail ~ easy access)|
Then sun was nice enough to let me grab a shot before it hit the Lower South Falls. Although I was still able to get a decent side shot before the sun started to hit the crest of the falls. The trail goes behind this waterfall, very neat.
|#83 Lower South Falls (trail ~ moderate access)|
|Lower South Falls|
While I can't explain it this no name falls flows year round. I've tried to find a source on topo maps, however the best guess I have is perhaps it's runoff from farm land.
Moving along I tried to take less pictures, but still grabbed a couple.
Unfortunately the sun wasn't hiding when we were getting a shot of Lower North Falls and Double Falls. I do think we did get decent shots though.
|#84 Lower North Falls (off-trail ~ easy access)|
|#85 Double Falls (trail ~ moderate access)|
|#86 Drake Falls (trail ~ moderate access)|
|Middle North Falls|
|#87 Middle North Falls (trail ~ moderate access)|
|#88 Twin Falls (off-trail ~ moderate access)|
|#89 Winter Falls (trail ~ easy access)|
Abiqua Falls really is quite unique as it resides in a large bowl formed in basalt rock formations.
|#90 Abiqua Falls (bushwhack ~ moderate access)|
|#91 Upper Butte Creek Falls (trail ~ easy access)|
|#92 Butte Creek Falls (trail ~ moderate access)|
|#93 Lower Butte Creek Falls (trail ~ difficult access)|
In the distance we could see the sunset. Coming on on Scotts Mills Falls there was barely enough daylight to get the shot. We did get it though and thus was the end of another great trip.
|#94 Scotts Mills Falls (roadside ~ easy access)|
Timothy also on Portland Hikers he shows the difference that simply two weeks can make on the flow.