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Silver Falls State Park -Lower North Falls Trail

August 29 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Crew Leader: Arthur M.
Assistant Crew Leaders: Elaine K., Pat K.
Hike Distance: 1 mile
Elevation Gain: 400′
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Work Difficulty: Moderate
Work Description: Huinge work and re-directing drainage.

We will be working down in the canyon just padt Lower North falls primarily working on hinge some drainage on the trail and under the falls.

Other considerations:
Parking at the trailhead is limited, so we will be carpooling from a site that has more spaces. Information about the meeting place will be provided 48 hours prior to the trail party. This is a very active trail, so expect lots of hikers. Because of this, we will not leave a partial project uncompleted, but rather will schedule as many days as required to complete the work that is needed. As always, the crew leader may decide to cancel the trail party the day before based on weather conditions. We will not work in high winds, excessive rain/heat, or potential ice events. Volunteers are advised to check their emails the night before in case there are unanticipated trail party cancellations.

Project description:
We will meet at 8:15 AM for a safety and tool talk and then begin our project. The trail is slowly experiencing tread creep and we wil be working primarily on the hinge getting back to more of the orginal trail. There will be some drainage work for a couple of seeps on the trail and under the falls.

Hiking information:
The trail goes downhill 0.5 m to where we will target for the end of the work. If time permits we may proceed further. Total round-trip distance is 1 mile.

What to expect:
This is a well-established graveled trail that has lots of visitors. The tread surface is rocky, and establishing new, improved drainages will be a challenge. We will be working with hand tools, including hoes, hand saws and loppers.

A mandatory detailed safety discussion will be held before work begins.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch

  • Plenty of water

  • Snacks

  • Extra gloves if you have them

  • Safety glasses if you have them

  • Layered clothing

  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather

What to wear:

  • Boots (tennis shoes not allowed)

  • Sturdy work gloves (more than one pair is a good idea). Loaners are available.

  • A light, long sleeved shirt required

  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.).

  • Loaners are available.

TKO will supply hard hats and eye protection

Will be provided to all registrants 48 hours prior to the trail party. If you have questions or concerns about the hike, please contact art.mills@trailkeepersoforegon.org or volunteer@trailkeepersoforegon.org.



August 29
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Canyon trail starting at North Falls
Silver Falls State Park
Silverton, OR 97381 United States
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