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Silver Falls
   Lewis County, Washington

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This is the easiest waterfall to get to along the Highway 410 / 123 corridor in Mt. Rainier National Park. The Ohanapecosh River cascades down a series of progressively larger steps, becoming more flume-like as it descends, ending in a powerful 40 foot plunge into a large blue pool. Below the falls the river enters a narrow gorge which the trail spans on a high footbridge. Don't be fooled by the beauty of the river here, more people have been killed in the area around the Silver Falls area than at pretty much any other waterfall in the park. I can't find any information on the origin of the name, it's likely not very in-depth however. I think something like Blue Hole Falls would have been more appropriate (you'll understand when you see it). Although the falls are technically tiered (the photo doesn't illustrate well how steep the river above the falls is), it's hard not to call this a punchbowl when you see how powerful it is.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Silver Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

Silver Falls are said to have been named by early campers at Ohanapecosh Hot Springs, as a descriptive of the clear, silvery-blue waters of the Ohanapecosh River.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Located in the southeast corner of Mt. Rainier National Park. Drive to the junction of SR 706 and SR 123 at the Stevens Canyon entrance to the park, then follow SR 123 south for 1/3 mile to the signed (small metal sign) turnout for the Silver Falls trailhead. the trail leads down to the river and the falls in 1/5 mile. Another way to reach the falls is to walk 1 mile up the Silver Falls Trail from the Ohanapecosh campground. Being the lazy type, I have never done that, but I have heard it is relatively flat and easy.

Latitude

46.75221 N

Longitude

-121.55936 W

Elevation

2015 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Chinook Pass 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Falls Creek Falls

0.87 miles

Laughingwater Falls

2.337 miles

Lower Olallie Creek Falls

2.46 miles

Olallie Creek Falls

2.523 miles

Middle Ollalie Creek Fall...

2.557 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

2.85 miles

Upper Olallie Creek Falls

2.85 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

4.652 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

4.69 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

4.813 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

62.56

IWC

5.22  (Class 6)

RATING

65.42 %

 

Photo of Silver Falls

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

95 feet

Tallest Drop

40 feet

Num. Drops

4

AVG. Width

20 feet

Pitch

81 degrees

Run

500 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Plunges

 

Watershed

Cowlitz River

Stream

Ohanapecosh River

AVG. Volume

500.0 cfs

Source

Glacier

Seasonality

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 08, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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