Short Hike to Abiqua Falls
Oregon › Abiqua Falls
Added by Whitney Whitehouse
Take a short hike to one of Oregon's most scenic waterfalls (92 feet). It's helpful to drive to the trailhead in a 4x4 and necessary in the winter months.
This trail is unmarked and a little rough and rugged. The land is privately owned by Mount Angel Abbey, but they don't appear to have problems with courteous hikers. Walking out of the parking area back up the road in the direction you came from, you’ll pass one dirt trail right at the ending of the parking area. Look about a little further down the road (~100 feet) and find the second trail – this is the one you want. After hiking down a steep part of the trail, you’ll hit the creek. Head upstream along the creek to get to the falls. As you get close to the falls, you’ll have to climb over logs and boulders.
This is also an amazing spot to capture photos during the winter. Make sure that if you choose to go here in the snowy months that you have a 4x4 vehicle to get you to the trailhead.
For directions on how to get to the parking area:Use a GPS to get you to the town of Scotts Mills, from there you'll want to turn south on Crooked Finger road. You'll go about 9.5 miles down that road, the pavement will end and you'll want to keep going. Once the dirt road starts you'll drive another 1.4 miles until you come to a dirt road on the right that is marked with some writing on a piece of wood on a tree - it reads CF 300. After you're on CF 300 drive straight at every junction until you get to a parking area about 2.5 miles downhill. The road is pretty rough and you'll think you're going the wrong way, but keep going :) you'll know you're at the end when you reach a locked gate.
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A place Worth Seeing In Person
Abiqua falls is one of the Oregon waterfalls that needs to be seen in person to truly be appreciated. The experience of actually being at the falls is far more grand than many of the pictures portray. while the road is rough (be careful with the car you bring) and the tourists are many, this one is well worth putting on an Oregon bucket list, or even returning to for a second, third, or even 4th visit!
One of my top 3 waterfalls of Oregon. You may want a car with high clearance to drive over pot holes and rocks. Then simply just climb/walk down to the creek and it will lead you to the waterfall. Remember to bring a camera and some snacks to enjoy the stunning view. Also, you could bring a tube to float around the body of water on a warm day.
One Of My Favorite Places.
This is one of my favorite waterfalls in Oregon. A little tricky to find which makes it less populated. You have to traverse down a hill side, parts of it are lined with rope for you to hold on to making it easier to get back up and not slip. Once you get to the bottom you'll follow the creek for a 100 yards or so until you reach the corner where you can hear the roar of the falls. Once you turn that last corner, there it is, Abiqua Falls!
Leave it better than you found it.
This is a special spot that demands your respect, especially if it is to remain the wild, beautiful place that it is. Unfortunately, I have seen trash left behind as well as many cairns that were obviously built just for photo ops. I've even heard of fellow Outbound Explorers that have camped here. In my (and many others') opinion, that is not advisable or acceptable. You should always camp at least 100 (if not 200) feet away from water, not just to minimize potential pollution, but out of respect for others that are making the effort observe this waterfall...not your tent...same goes for drone noise...it's selfish and detracts from the rest of our wilderness experience. Sorry if I sound preachy, but when you lay eyes on this place, you'll know that it's better to speak up to protect such places, than to remain silent. Pack out what you pack in, and If you can, take an empty trash bag with you just in case you too find someone else's trash, and pack it out. Thanks in advance for your effort to #protectthewild.
This is a great hike. I would recommend driving down in a 4x4, as the adventure says, but nonetheless, it is a must see! The trail is a little rough so I recommend wearing good shoes, and do not attempt if you aren't confident on your feet.
Everything I'd read about this hike going in made me think the road would be the worst of it. The road wasn't great, but there was only a short (~0.1 mile) section of it that was really horrendous. Any small SUV could easily take the road, although having a spare tire and a pump on hand is definitely advised. The trail itself was wild. Basically a near-vertical wall of mud and loose rocks. I fell once, thankfully not badly, but it could easily have been a very dangerous situation. I sent more than a few rock flying downhill, so definitely watch out if there is anyone below you. I also had a dog with me, which I would not advise...he made it down safely, but that was as much luck as anything else. Getting back up was not as bad, but still could have easily resulted in a dangerous slide. Be VERY careful. All that said, the falls were quite beautiful (and probably worth the effort/risk). This time in late January and early Feburary, the sun aligns just over the falls so there are some amazing light rays that shine through the trees.
There's nothing like a great Monday morning hike to get you set up for a wonderful week. Such a great hike, super fun in the rain and the falls are stunning. When you come around the last bend in the river and see the falls, it's breathtaking. Extremely fun, short and a great hike for those looking for a nice place to hangout. I'm looking forward to coming back in the warmer months. Fun in the rain, recommend a good pair of waterproof boots and a good attitude!
Not A Good Idea Right Now
I tried to go up today and made it just about there but had to turn back. The amount of rain has made water levels abnormally high. At the bottom of the hill the water had come all the way up to where there was no visible trail and was waste deep and flowing pretty steady. I would recommend waiting until water levels get back to normal. Definitely going back this summer though!
Significant Reward for Minimal Effort
Stunning and incredibly photogenic waterfall. This is an excursion that can be done over and over and not get old. Even the drive out there is tremendously exciting. I would highly recommend taking a higher-clearance vehicle if possible. The road can become very rough!
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