Short Hike to Abiqua Falls

Oregon Abiqua Falls

Added by

Take a short hike to one of Oregon's most scenic waterfalls (92 feet). It's helpful to drive to the trailhead in a 4x. 4 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.

Pack List

  • Trail Shoes
  • Camera
Read More

How to Get There

14 days ago

Incredible

Super rad spot, definitely bring your camera! Went here early August 2017 and the trail is still marked by a sign saying something along the lines of: ATV trail, recreation area no shooting. The road isn't too bad, but still would recommend a AWD! The distance to the gate was closer to 3 miles according to my GPS, definitely feels like the wrong trail after about 2 miles, but stick with it!! The reward is overwhelming beautiful.

14 days ago

about 1 month ago

Quick Hike For Beautiful Views

Headed here in mid-July 2017, and was rewarded with beautiful waterfall views and no one else around (albeit I went mid week). The road is fairly obvious and follow it down as at as you comfortably can, without a 4x4 though I'd take others advice and park about 1.5 miles in, and walk the last mile or so to the trail head. The hike itself is less than a mile to the falls, and takes only a short but steep stroll down a ravine.

about 1 month ago

about 1 month ago

Difficult to find, but absolutely worth it.

The directions here are excellent. The turn-off from the unpaved road was exactly 1.4 miles from where the pavement ended. But we didn't see a sign marking CF 300. This was in July of 2017. There was a large, free-standing sign that said "Crooked Finger ATV Trail System" and "Safety Zone, No Shooting." The 2.5-mile drive to the trailhead is not only rock (I wouldn't do it in anything but a 4x4), but overgrown. You may scratch your car if you're not careful. Roads are very narrow and if you meet another car coming head on, one of you may have to back up to where the road is wider. It's worth parking at 1.5 or even 2 miles and hiking in. The falls are gorgeous. Well worth the trip. We did this with our 7-year-old, and she managed it just fine.

about 1 month ago

about 2 months ago

Review from a Mom's perspective

The directions given on this page were spot on and we had no problem finding the "easy" trail. I had my two physically fit daughters with me, ages 7 &9. We also brought along our mellow lab pup since we were going so deep into an area I was unfamiliar with. We found the road there to be bumpy and rough in a few places but not as bad as people had posted about last summer. It appears as though they have done quite a bit of work on the gravel road since then. Our Suburban had no problem and chugged along just fine. Small SUV's would also be fine but people in cars were parking up to 1.5 miles up from the trail head and walking in. I was more concerned about the brush on the sides of the road and the possibility of meeting oncoming traffic on such a narrow gravel road. Once there, we found a place to park and headed out. The easier trail was steep at times but nothing I'd consider extreme. My girls maneuvered it just fine on their own and I was able to do it with a pup on a leash. I only held on to the ropes a few times just to keep my balance. There was a lot of going over and/or under logs, especially when we got to the path along the creek. Bonus...the easier trail is shaded the entire way until you reach the creek. Once we arrived at the falls, we took in the view (stunning, peaceful and oh so worth the hike in!!), enjoyed a snack with water and explored the area around us. We stayed for a little over 2 hours. Like others mentioned, the earlier you arrive, the less people you will run into. We left the falls on a Friday at around 2pm and it was starting to fill up. Probably 16 visitors vs. the 2 we that were there when we arrived a few hours before. Coming out was of course much more difficult. Well...not for my kiddos or pup but for this not so in shape mama. It's about 10 minutes of up, up, up followed by 5 minutes of mostly flat then you're back to the parking lot. I was the only one who stopped for a rest in my group. Kiddos and pup had no problem. We did use the ropes to come up the trail but mostly for fun and not out of necessity like the harder trail. Once back to the car we headed out and enjoyed the gorgeous view. Notes: No cell service so take screenshots of directions or print them to take with you. We packed my phone (camera), 1 water bottle each, light snacks, a knife and a small first aid kit. Girls wore water sandals and I wore tennis shoes. We all hiked out with wet feet and none of us had troubles with that so GET YOUR FEET WET if you go on a hot day like us. As for bringing small kiddos...sure, if they are used to hiking and you are physically able to carry them up very steep inclines at times, go for it. I would have taken our girls when they were younger if my husband was there to help. As for hiking this while pregnant...sure, if you are physically fit and hiking is your thing. This is not an easy stroll so you'll likely spend some time trying very hard not to fall and hurt yourself or your baby. You will have to climb over or under 6ish fallen trees. Also, you are pretty far off the beaten path should you require medical treatment. Don't go on a hot day and be sure to find the easier trail!

about 2 months ago

5 months ago

More of a question

Would you recommend this to so.eone who is pregna t? Also bringing a 2 year old?

5 months ago

5 months ago

Stunning. Amazing. Unique. A must see waterfall in Oregon.

I visited the falls in early January. Since the road in was covered in a bit of snow, I parked in the main lot. This made the trek to the falls a bit more confusing and likely took longer than it normally would in the spring or summer months. However, once I got to the short trail which leads to the falls, it was smooth sailing. The falls are absolutely stunning in the winter and probably less busy than the summer months. I went around 9am on a Thursday and had the place to myself for a solid 45 minutes.

5 months ago

12 months ago

10/10 Would Recommend

This is was the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen and an amazing swimming place! Be careful coming down there's a lot of steep trails and drops but there should be ropes to hold onto! 👍🏼

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

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!

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Top 3

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.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Beautiful

This fall is gorgeous, however the drive is really difficult if you don't have 4x4. Also the trail is kind of rough but the view is worth it.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Excellent View

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.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Tough trail!

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.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Muddy Monday!

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!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

It takes quite a bit of effort to get here the first time, but it's so worth it. This is easily my favorite falls in the PNW.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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!

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Favorite Oregon Watefall

Definitely my personal favorite waterfall in Oregon, managed the road without a 4x4 vehicle but I wouldn't recommend chancing it to others, definitely bottomed out a few times.

almost 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

We parked about halfway down the road to the trailhead in order to preserve our car.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Great hike and waterfall!

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

These are great directions. We luckily found it our first try. Can't say enough how great these falls are!! Well worth it and thanks to whoever put the rope's in;)

over 2 years ago

almost 3 years ago

Best falls in Oregon.

almost 3 years ago

about 3 years ago

One of the best waterfall locations in the state. Nothing like that feeling when you round the corner after the short, but moderate hike and feast your eyes on the whole scene.

about 3 years ago

Activities:

Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

180 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Scenic
Waterfall

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to Seldom Falls

Oregon / Seldom Falls

Every spring when mountain snow begins to thaw, the great meadow at Lake of the Woods fills with water.

Chaz Shand
40 Saves

Explore the Portland Japanese Garden

Oregon / Portland Japanese Garden

While the Portland Japanese Garden is a popular place for tourists, it's also a favorite for Portland residents as it's located right in Washington Park close to trails and across from the Rose Garde.

Sarah Horn
169 Saves

Run the Saltzman Road Trail

Oregon / Lower Saltzman Road Trailhead

This trail is an easy out and back from either the west or east side of Forest Park. The east trailhead is off NW Skyline Blvd, on Saltzman Road, which is a dirt/gravel road like the trail.

Sarah Horn
27 Saves