Abiqua Falls Day Hike — Oregon

As soon as I saw a picture of Abiqua falls, it was on the top of my list of hikes to do when I came to Oregon. It's such a unique waterfall, framed perfectly by the geometric basalt rock. I love that since the trailhead is a little out of the way and harder to get to than other falls, there are a lot less crowds, and the hike is relatively short for the payoff.

 

Hike Info

Date: 10/22/16
Miles: 0.8 roundtrip
Elevation Change: 200 ft
Trail type: Out and back
Trailhead: Navigate to the end of the road via: Google Maps. Continue on the dirt road to the actual parking lot: GPS coordinates

 

The Hike

 Hiking distance from the parked car to the falls

Hiking distance from the parked car to the falls

 One-way elevation change and mileage to the falls

One-way elevation change and mileage to the falls

Getting to the falls was an adventure in itself. Be sure to download the area offline on Google Maps, since there is no service in the area. We turned off onto the gravel Crooked Finger Road and kept heading downhill. The road had a couple rough parts, but nothing the CRV couldn't handle. If you only have a sedan, you can still make it part of the way, you'll just have a longer hike to get to the actual trailhead.

We weren't sure if we were going the right way, especially when the road ended on Google Maps, and we still had a ways to go on the dirt road. Overall it was about 2.5 miles from the turnoff until we hit the locked gate and parked near it (GPS coordinates above).

After parking, the trailhead was back up the road about 50 feet and is marked by an Abbey Foundation sign. The trail heads straight down the ravine towards the water and is quite slippery with the covering of leaves.

 Because of the steepness, there are several ropes to help you up and down

Because of the steepness, there are several ropes to help you up and down

 Love all of the fuzzy green trees!

Love all of the fuzzy green trees!

 Stopping to admire a happy mushroom family

Stopping to admire a happy mushroom family

As soon as you hit the river, the trail makes its way upstream right alongside the water. Here there are several large logs to climb under/over.

 A perfect trailside mushroom that even had a couple bites out of it

A perfect trailside mushroom that even had a couple bites out of it

You can start to hear the thunderous sound of the waterfall get louder, and you can even see the cloud of mist in the air from around the corner. Once you round the bend, you see the entire amphitheater with the Abiqua Falls at the center.

 Gorgeous Abiqua falls!

Gorgeous Abiqua falls!

 If you want to brave the mist, you can walk around the basin to stand next to the falls. Everything will be soaked after!

If you want to brave the mist, you can walk around the basin to stand next to the falls. Everything will be soaked after!

 Perspective

Perspective

The sun had started to come out, so on our hike back the canyon looked even more colorful.

 The group heading back downstream along the slippery rock

The group heading back downstream along the slippery rock

 Thankful for even a little sun after a whole week straight of rain

Thankful for even a little sun after a whole week straight of rain

 Love the fall colors in Oregon

Love the fall colors in Oregon

I felt more surefooted on the climb up, especially with the help of the ropes, and by the time we got to our car there were 3 other cars parked as well. The entire hike we only saw a handful of other people, which was refreshing from the other popular hikes in Oregon. If you have time, you could head to Silver Falls State Park, which is only 40 minutes away.

If you choose to do this hike, don't forget to:

  • Download an offline area of the map and have additional directions ready in case
  • Try to come in a vehicle with 4wd and high clearance, it'll get you closer to the TH
  • Wear shoes with good traction - it's very slippery!
  • Bring gloves if you plan on using the ropes
  • Rain layers! The mist from the falls can soak you 

Other useful sites:
Oregon Hiker
All Trails
Outdoor Project
Waterfalls Northwest