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Silver Falls Loop Hike in the Entiat Valley
Posted On August 4, 2020
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Silver Falls in an absolute gem of hike located in the gorgeous and lightly traveled Entiat Valley between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan in Central Washington. This is one of Washington’s most gorgeous waterfalls and can be enjoyed with a fraction of the people of some of the others that are more well known. A 1.7 mile loop with 600 feet of elevation gain, it’s short but quite steep in places.
This is a short but steep hike, so don’t let the relatively short distance fool you into thinking it will be easy! The trail is in excellent condition and has sections of stone steps to assist in parts of the climb.
There are some very steep drop offs along this trail, so use caution!
If you love waterfalls you’ve got to do this!
When is a good time to visit Silver Falls?
This is a good option for most of the year. In the summer it can be extremely hot, although most of the way is shady and along the creek. It is an ideal spring hike, when it’s not too hot yet and the water is roaring from snowmelt.
Where is it?
Silver Falls is located in the Okanogon-Wentachee National Forest along the Entiat River in the Entiat River Valley between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan. To get there from Wenatchee or Chelan, take US-97 Alt (on the west side of the Columbia River) and head west on Entiat River Road, just south of the town of Entiat.
Head up Entiat River Road for 29 miles, passing many wonderful campgrounds (this is a wonderful place to camp for the weekend). If you’re spending the weekend, another great hike in the area is Lake Clara, check it out! You’ll see the parking for the trailhead on the left, just before the turn into the Silver Falls campground. Park here and then cross the road to the trail. A pit toilet is available at the trailhead.
Once on the trail, you’ll quickly find yourself along Silver Creek. A junction for the loop trail is a short distance from the trailhead. Go right, cross a small bridge and begin climbing through the forest along the creek.
You’ll climb through a partially burned forest and along the creek. You’ll see several small cascades along the way to the main attraction. This section is fairly steep but there are beautiful stone steps to help you along the way.
In three quarters of a mile, arrive at a spectacular view of gorgeous Silver Falls. Be extremely careful here as there is a steep and unforgiving drop off. A tempting trail leads to the back of the waterfall, be extremely careful not to get close to the edge (it will be tempting) and also do not venture onto any wet rocks.
After taking your time admiring it, continue climbing a bit more into a more open burned forest, filled with fireweed in the summer. You’ll then cross along a more open hillside with views of the surrounding mountains.
You’ll cross another bridge over the top of Silver Creek above Silver Falls and then begin a steep descent. Another excellent view of the falls from the other side is available here. On this side, your descent is a much more open burned forest. Just before you get back to the trailhead, you’ll close the loop at another junction (go right to the trailhead).
Breweries and Bakeries near Silver Falls
There isn’t anything super close to Silver Falls (part of what makes it great is it’s remote location!), but depending on which direction you’re coming from or heading to, check out:
Lemolo Cafe and Deli in Wenatchee – amazing sandwiches and more in downtown Wenatchee
The nearest fast charging to Silver Falls is in Wenatchee (CHAdeMO only, 50 miles southeast) or in Chelan (Teslas only, also 50 miles northeast). If it’s a longer road trip, make sure to check the stations between where you’re traveling from and Wenatchee or Chelan. I use Plugshare for trip planning in my EV.
Hi! I'm Jennie. I’m a fourth generation Seattleite who lived in Alaska for 7 years. I've been a tour guide in both Alaska and Washington and I love to share the places I love with visitors, newcomers and my fellow locals. I’m so glad to have you along on the journey to experience your best low key adventure in Washington, Alaska and Western Canada!