Walking & Waterfalls in Oregon

We like going for a few hours’ walk in the fresh air. We also like waterfalls and, if we can combine these 2 things, then we get a packed lunch organised and set off. Oregon is full of waterfalls – it is an upside of all that rain – full waterfalls and fast flowing rivers.

We have some video of these falls and walks, as well as the scenic drives to get to/from them. We hope to publish it on our Youtube page soon.

Multnomah Falls and Silver Falls
On the way to Portland we visited Multnomah Falls, along the Columbia River, but continual rain put us off walking to the top that day. When we left Portland, we went to Silver Falls State Park and set off on the Trail of Ten Falls. We walked around 5 miles and saw most, but not all of it, because it got quite cold, wet and miserable later on. Part of this trail takes you behind the waterfall at North Falls. You don’t have to do the whole trail in one go – there are various loops you can walk within the whole thing. There is a north trailhead and a south trailhead, with parking, if you are just visiting for the day. We ate our packed lunch underneath a bridge and had an enjoyable walk with a range of different waterfalls to see until it rained and got chilly.
You can see our route here:
Silver Falls Trail of Ten Falls Route
Information about hiking in the State Park is here:
Silver Falls Trail

Cape Lookout
We also hiked through Sitka spruce and hemlocks along the Cape Lookout Trail on the Oregon coast, while we were camping at the Cape Lookout State Park. This had views of the ocean and a very muddy , slightly rocky trail to negotiate, but was mostly flat. It is 2.4 miles to the viewpoint at the end plus the return trip. When the weather is clear you can see all the way to Cape Foulweather and Tilamook Head from there.
Cape Lookout Trail

Sweet Creek Falls
From our base at the excellent Pacific Pines RV Park in Florence, Oregon, we did an easy, picturesque walk along the river to Sweet Creek Falls. The drive to reach this walk was very scenic, the walk was more crowded than we would like, but the scenery made it worth braving the busyness. We drove through one of Oregon’s covered bridges en route back too.
Sweet Creek Falls Trail

Coquille Falls, Siskiyou Forest
Coquille Falls Trail was a short, steep hike down to the Falls in the Siskiyou Forest with 2 lovely “horsetail” waterfalls to see at the bottom, before a steep hike back up. It turned out to be an interesting journey from this hike to our destination for the night. Our “shortcut” took us across the mountain from Powers to Port Orford and we got stuck in snow, even with chains on. After some digging by Jon, some ploughing by the yellow truck and some filming by Sarah [youtube video coming as soon as we can]. we finally got across the deep snow and out of the forest, exhausted.

The best thing about the Siskiyou Forest was that we saw a black bear cross the road ahead. It waited a little way down the bank towards the river, listening, probably to see what we were doing. We parked and watched but unfortunately the bear was too far away and too quick for us to get a photograph. We definitely saw it though and we hope that this is not the only bear we see. It made up a little for the lack of moose in Canada.
Coquille River Falls Trail