We spent this last weekend camping out at Silver Falls state park. Highly recommend it!
It was the first really hot weather that we have had here in Oregon since May, topping out around 100F. Being out in the forest with cold creeks to swim in and shady trails to hike and run was perfect. Not to mention access to a Cafe that sells cold Coke and ice cream!
We lucked out getting what I think is the best spot in the campground: #72. It is out at the end of the loop, backs onto the creek, no neighbor on one side and is right at the start of the bike trail which leads to the rest of the trail system. This will be the site we always try to reserve when we go to Silver Falls.
We arrived Friday night around 7:30 after a Rational Team Concert 1.0 release party at Summer Lake park. We setup the Quicksilver trailer, started a fire (making Cole very happy) and pretty much just hung out.
Saturday morning I hit the trails at around 8:15 to log some miles. It was hot and humid and I think I was not drinking enough. And I got lost. Lets just say the Perimeter trail is not well marked. Still beautiful running with varying terrain and wild flowers. The Canyon trail and its 10 waterfalls are inspiring and the trail was never busy in the morning.
In the heat of the day on Saturday we did the swimming at the South Falls area. Cole and Leah really liked building rock dams in the current of Silver creek and the water was nice and refreshing on the hot day. The swimming area is rather "primitive" with pavement up to the water and grass for the rest. Lots of rocks with cloudy water == stubbed toes (OUCH)!
In the early evening we did a family hike at the North falls. Several of the falls have trails that take you behind the waterfall. The kids really liked these ones (as do I :-) )
Sunday morning I went out again this time just doing the Canyon trail and the Rim trail. Again almost no one on the trails and a great way to spend the first hour of my morning.
We had a lazy breakfast and then prepared for another hike. We hiked from the South falls to the Lower South falls (about a 2 mile round trip). Cole and Leah easily handled the distance and with the rumbling thunder showers that kept passing through (with little rain) it was a nice temperature.
Great scenery, great campsite and lots of good laughs.