Roundtrip: 10 km
Location: Thunder Bay
Silver Falls Trail is one of the classic hiking trails in the Thunder Bay area and is maintained by the Thunder Bay Hiking Association. The trail follows the Kaministiquia (Kam) River past several small waterfalls up to a lookout over the river valley.
From Thunder Bay head west on Highway 102 for 30km and turn right onto Silver Falls road. Follow Silver Falls Road for 15.8km staying left at the fork in the road. Follow the signs for the Ontario Power Generation plant and park at the plant just before the locked gates. The trail starts across the road from the parking area. The trail joins a road up the hill where you will see the trail start again on the right near the top. Shortly after you enter the trail from the road you will come to a steep section where there has been a rope set up to make it a bit easier to descend. The trail then follows the river to a gorge and a set of smaller falls called Silver Falls where you will have a view of the larger Dog Falls. The trail continues to the top of Dog Falls. This is where most people stop for a break and head back.
Remember that the water level in the Kaministiquia River is controlled by dams and water levels can change fast without warning. If you see water levels changing move quickly to higher ground.
The trail beyond the falls goes into the forest is less worn and leads to a rocky area some people call the “Hoover Dam”. When the water levels are low you can walk along the rocky edge of the river rather than the forest trail in many places during this portion. From here the trail continues at the sharp bend in the river along a stream and then up the steep ridge leading to the lookout. You can leave a second car at the lookout if you only want to hike the trail one way.
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