John Neal Memorial CO Park
After reading Trace's post about Silver Falls State Park and the waterfall hike, I knew we had to put it on the list. The drive was very pretty and for July, the area was drier than the mountains or the coast. There were many fields of wheat, many which were being cut and pine trees. I know that Oregon grows many of the trees that end up in your home for Christmas in California. The picture below reminded me of the Italian countryside.
The campground at the park itself was full, but I found a county park nearby that worked perfectly. John Neal Memorial County Park was $26, no hookups. Since we were only staying Friday through Monday, we knew we didn't need any. The temps weren't too bad and we'd be gone most of the daytime anyway.
Lots of wheat fields.
Cut and ready for harvest.
Acres and acres of small trees.
I'd rate it more moderate. Most of the trail seemed fairly level with some ups and downs.
Off we go. The waterfalls were gorgeous. I loved how you could walk behind many of them.
Look at all that moss on the tree. One beautiful waterfall after another. What a great trail.
Steve getting ready to fly in the background.
Behind the falls.
The sound is so loud.
The sun finally peeks out and we see some blue skies.
I spotted a heart shape in the rock in the ceiling when I looked up.
I guess they someone wants to make sure this tree isn't stolen, ha ha.
First time seeing Fungus graffiti. Shame on you, Ron.
Pretty reflections on the river.
Loved the rays of light coming through the trees. There were some really, really large pines here!
All this hiking sure made Steve thirsty!
These steps were one of the steepest parts of the hike just before coming switching to the Rim Trail.
A great hike for sure if you want to see several waterfalls in one place.