How to climb the 200-foot trees at Silver Falls State Park

The most surprising part of climbing trees at Silver Falls State Park was the speed at which we found ourselves exploring the canopy of an old-growth monster 200 feet into the sky.

Even with a group of kids with little experience climbing or using seat belts, we found ourselves dangling high between tree branches in a couple of hours, waving to the little hikers and horseback riders below.

“Hey, that looks fun!” shouted a hiker who passed by.

He was. At least that was the takeaway from a climb that involved taking 8, 11, and 13-year-olds on a half-day tree climb at Oregon’s largest state park.

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