Silver Falls Loop

Mount Rainier National Park, Ohanapecosh Campground off of SR 123

Trail Statistics

Elevation: 450 Feet

Distance: 3.0 Miles

Trail Details

Silver Falls Loop Trail is a fantastic family-friendly hike in Rainier National Park that takes you through some of the most stunning natural scenery in the area. The trail is 3.0 miles long and is moderately difficult.  Plenty of rest stops and plenty to see makes this hike an ideal option for families with children.  My kids were challenged on this hike but made it with no “uppies.”  Bring snacks and be prepared to reward their effort!

At the start of the trail, you will pass by a historic hot springs area.  While you won’t be able to take a dip, it’s always cool to see a thermal feature on a hike.  Along the trail, you will be treated to incredible views of towering trees, babbling brooks, and the stunning Silver Falls. The trail is well-maintained and features several rest areas and benches, so you can take a break and enjoy the scenery along the way.

As you hike, you will hear the soothing sound of rushing water from the nearby river and get to see some of the area’s wildlife, including birds, squirrels, and even the occasional deer. 

At the trail’s midway point, you will arrive at Silver Falls, where you can stop and take in the view of the water cascading down the rocks.

Overall, the Silver Falls Loop Trail is an incredible family-friendly hike that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just starting out, this trail is sure to provide an unforgettable experience that the whole family will cherish for years to come.

Pro Tips 

  • Americal the Beautful Pass Required.
    • Pass can be purchased at the visitor Center
  • Parking is terrible – arrive early or be prepared to add additional distance to your hike
  • Junior Ranger Books for the National Park can be picked up at the Visitors Center
  • Before you head out, check out NPS or WTA’s trail reports.

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