Double Falls, Oregon

Double Falls in May 2010

Double Falls is one of those instances where the picture can’t reveal the true beauty or the full effect of a waterfall. Double Falls is surprisingly tall, it actually is probably the tallest waterfall in Silver Falls State Park.

I could imagine it would be very easy to miss the falls, though. Double Falls is found on a side-trail to the Ten Waterfalls trail. It’s a very short side hike to the falls, but some people probably don’t take the time to go see the falls. You definitely shouldn’t miss Double Falls.

I don’t remember whether the hike was particularly windy. I don’t think it was, but once I hiked into the area where Double Falls was found, it suddenly became very windy. There was a LOT of spray coming from the falls, and it was hard to keep my camera dry. I didn’t stay too long at the falls simply because the temperature around the falls dropped more than expected, so it was chilly and wet, but simultaneously amazing!

Directions:

  1. From Salem, drive east on US-22 to the junction of US-22 and OR-214.
  2. Head north on OR-214 for 15 miles, following the numerous signs to Silver Falls State Park.
  3. You can park at either the South Falls or North Falls parking areas. The South Falls parking area is larger, and the Waterfall Trail leads you past all of the falls. The side trail to the falls is found between Drake Falls and Lower North Falls, and there is a sign indicating the trail.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 178′
Length of Hike: 8.7 miles round-trip (to see all waterfalls in the park)

Where in the World is Double Falls?

Drake Falls, Oregon

When deciding what waterfall to discuss next, I choose waterfalls randomly in order to get a good variety of different locations. The first waterfall I talked about in Silver Falls State Park was Twin Falls, which is one of my least favorite falls in the park. Drake Falls, the waterfall of interest here, is another of my least favorite falls in the park. The more exciting falls in the park are to come!

Drake Falls is wide. It’s not very tall, but oh well. You can’t get a really great view of the falls, and even then, it’s not that distinct. Looking at pictures of Twin Falls and Drake Falls, I realized that it’s actually difficult to even tell the two falls apart. The other falls in the park are just more unique and interesting.

Directions:

  1. From Salem, drive east on US-22 to the junction of US-22 and OR-214.
  2. Head north on OR-214 for 15 miles, following the numerous signs to Silver Falls State Park.
  3. You can park at either the South Falls or North Falls parking areas. The South Falls parking area is larger, and the Waterfall Trail leads you past all of the falls.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 27′
Length of Hike: 8.7 miles round-trip (to see all waterfalls in the park)

Drake Falls in Silver Falls State Park (May 2010)

Where in the World is Drake Falls?