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Silver Creek Falls

With a record rainfall earlier this week and two days with over an inch of rain, I thought that this would be a great time to hike the 8 mile loop and view the waterfalls around Silver Creek. How little did I know...
The digital display in Silverton read 32 degrees, right at the freezing level, so I knew the trails might be icy.

Candy Cane Lane

I inadvertently timed it perfectly. The sun was hitting the spray from South Falls to make rainbows!













After walking behind South Falls, I'm carefully making my way down the paved, wet path whoosh, wet to icy in one step and I'm sliding, trying to maintain my balance and to stop sliding downhill along the path. Not having the greatest sense of balance in the world - remember my one ice skating attempt? haha - after a few feet I fell on my left hip and shoulder but continued sliding down the icy trail another fifteen feet. That was where the trail curved to the left. I didn't. I went straight, rolling down the muddy, green, stick and plant filled embankment towards the freezing cold rushing water. Stopped halfway down, climbed back up and slowly made my way along the side of the trail down to where the pavement (and ice) ended. There's the first half mile - seven and a half miles to go!
No phone or camera was damaged during this hike though I can't say as much for my coat. But it already had a small hole ripped in it from the blackberry vines on a previous hike last spring on an overgrown trail. My left shoulder is sore, probably bruised, from where I landed on it but it will heal better than the coat. haha

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katsurian
Dec. 18th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, I had some fun playing around with angles and camera settings trying to get all the rainbow colors to show up.

I usually go out there several times a year - rainy season, shady season, and rainy season. haha I think a few degrees warmer would be better so that there's no chance of running into icy trails but yeah, I prefer hiking in the colder weather.

I probably should have iced it, huh? :)
zebulen
Dec. 18th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
This one is my favorite:

http://pics.livejournal.com/katsurian/pic/001xr1fd/

Are the trails pretty quiet this time of year?
katsurian
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I met 5 people on the trail. Two were together and one was a park ranger.
zebulen
Dec. 18th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
A park ranger at Silver Creek Falls. That's the job I need to get. :)
katsurian
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
There you go, lots of State and National Parks around here! :)
elyse
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, these are STUNNING. I want to go!

But falling? Noooo D: Glad you're okay aside from a little soreness!
katsurian
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
A sunshiny morning in March, April, or May ought to bring about the same conditions without the icy...benefits? Road trip! :)

Yeah, that was scary, sliding towards the edge of the trail with no way of stopping. I'm fortunate that it wasn't all rocky and straight down the side of a cliff. Maybe I should start out at the other end of the park so I can climb up the path instead of sliding down it. haha
sillyliss
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
These pictures are amazing. I can only imagine what it looked like in person.

That ice skating adventure sounds a little bit terrifying. If you need a new coat, I can get you in to the employee store at Columbia Sports... ;)
katsurian
Dec. 18th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Bright and shiny! :)

It was that. Told Mom when I got home that this was the reason I let her know when and where I'm going hiking so she'll know where to send Search & Rescue to find me if I don't come home.
Leather coats for $20 at http://www.leatherthatworks.com/ or an excuse to go to Seaside. And just down the road is Cannon Beach with both Haystack Rock and the Needles, as I search for that next picture taking excursion! lol
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