10 gorgeous waterfalls throughout one hike.

The unique feature of South Falls, Lower South Falls, and Middle North Falls are the paths that pass behind the falls providing an amazing visual and auditory experience; however, be sure to have a good bag for your equipment to avoid water damage and a decent jacket (preferably water-resistant). One should be cautious when walking behind the waterfalls as the ground can be slippery or icy depending on the season and can cause falls.

The hike, along with the two offshoots is easily to complete within 2-3 hours even with stopping to shoot and can be done at most levels of fitness. There is also a 4-mile bike trail if you wish to do some cycling while you're there. If you're looking to learn a bit of Oregon's history or want a bite to eat, the South Falls Lodge is open most days from 11 am to 6pm.

If you are a snack person, bringing along some almonds, trail mix, apple slices or other such goodies make the 2-3 hour hike much more enjoyable. At least 1 water bottle’s worth of water is recommended per person as well.

It’s best to arrive between 7 am and 8 am for the optimum lighting conditions and to avoid crowds. Pets are allowed in most areas of the park including the picnic areas, but are prohibited on the trails.

Location Coordinates: 44.856389, -122.608611

Pack List

  • $5 Day Use Parking Fee
  • Running or Hiking shoes
  • Water resistant bag (minimum and a must) to protect your camera and gear
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Nikon D3200 entry-level camera
  • 18-55mm kit lens
  • A variable ND filter (as most of the waterfalls are relatively shaded if you shoot between 7am-10am)
  • 11-14mm wide angle or an 18-200mm telephoto lens, preferably with ED glass (if you have the $$$)
  • Camping gear (optional)
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RT Distance 8.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 1300 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall

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Beautiful waterfalls, go at sunset

These waterfalls are gorgeous! I went at sunset and there was a beautiful warm glow surrounding the falls. It's a little crowded and touristy around the South Falls end but after a mile the crowds really thin out and it's more enjoyable. We had 2 cars so we just through hiked it from the South Falls end and finished at North Falls just to make it a little shorter but I don't think we missed out on too much

Great Views

If you love waterfalls this is the perfect hike for you! It's an easy hike with multiple trails so the hike can be as short as a quick 1-2 mile loop to 8miles if you do the largest loops and all the small out and backs. It's a very popular hike so be prepared to see a lot of people especially when the weather is nice. Special features include a lodge that has a cafe during peak season and a wood fireplace during the colder months and mountain biking and horse riding trails.

Beautiful

This hike was a little crowded when I went, but it was gorgeous and totally worth it. Just don't expect solitude


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