Our trip home from the southern Oregon coast was very different than our six stop drive that started our long weekend (post). We had only one stop planned at Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area. Only 24 miles from Highway 101 in Coos Bay the park felt further removed due to the winding back country roads to the trailhead.
We started our morning off by heading for Golden Falls first. The trail led to a footbridge across Silver Creek and then forked.
We took the right hand Lower Trail first which followed Glenn Creek to the base of 254′ Golden Falls.
Rough skinned newt
Wren below Golden Falls
After exploring the area below Golden Falls we returned to the fork and turned onto the Upper Trail. This trail climbed for .4 miles to a switchback below 259′ Silver Falls.
Inside out flower
Beyond the switchback the trail continued to climb along an long abandoned road over half a mile to cliffs at the top of Golden Falls.
Upper portion of Golden Falls.
Glenn Creek above Golden Falls.
The trail petered out after a short distance so we turned back. As we began our hike back down blue skies emerged overhead.
Despite a cloudy morning they stayed high enough to not obstruct the view of the falls.
We returned to the trailhead where another car had joined ours and walked to the west end of the parking area to the Silver Falls Viewpoint Trail.
This .3 mile trail led to the base of Silver Falls across from the switchback.
Epic battle between a rock and a tree.
I was treated to a single ripe salmonberry along this stretch of trail. It didn’t survive long enough for a photo but I found another that was almost ripe.
Ouzel (might be the same one as earlier)
We did some more exploring around the base of the falls before saying goodbye and heading back to our car.
At 4 miles this was a perfect hike to end our trip on, even with 4 more hours of driving we made it home around 1:30pm giving us plenty of time to unpack and get ready for the work week ahead. Happy Trails!
Flickr: Golden and Silver Falls