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its a wonderful place and the hike is a good way to get into hiking. only reason why we don't give it a 5 is because the trail to the bottom of trail up to the water fall is close. but that's it

A little disjointed of a trail but great water falls. Strassel is not well marked but so worth the side jaunt!!

Nice quick trail within 30 minutes of Salem. Really is three falls- two you can see from above and the main falls you walk behind and to the pool then continue beyond. My clock said 4.8 miles.

Start at the trailhead and follow the gravel road. After about a mile you come to a small overlook where you can peer at the lower falls from above. There is a staircase and sign leading to the upper falls(about 1/2 mile up the path.) You can take this path to the falls or continue up the road and approach the falls from above.

If you go to the falls first-time Walk behind the falls to the top (this part gets a tiny bit strenuous but is short) and continue up the path. This dumps you back onto the road just below a small camp ground. Turn right on the road away from the campground (downhill) and follow the road back to the parking area. You can also pick up the wooded trail back which crosses the road a couple of times and head back through the woods. This section is marked August Mountain Trail.

To get to the hidden falls- on your way down from the campground follow the road. You will see where the wooded trail crosses the road. Go past this point down the road. On your left will be a small dirt path marked by felled trees. A short walk takes you to the top of the falls, you can clearly hear the water from the path. Return to the road and continue back to the parking area.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a great hike. As others said, we parked at the white fence. It seemed like a long drive to get there so if that’s where you’re trying to park just keep going, you’ll see it eventually. The driving trail to the fence is very narrow at times, be aware of other cars that might be coming the other direction. A small suv with 4 wheel drive is necessary. We are pretty average hikers and I thought the trail was totally doable. The hardest part right now (mid-April) is how muddy and slippery it is. We saw a few families with small children in rain boots at the top of the trail when we were leaving. I wouldn’t recommend hiking with small children or dogs at this time of the year because the mud is so slipper. There are two tricky parts. When you park at the fence you need to back track on the road to find the trail (don’t go toward the fence). From the fence, there are two trails on the right side as you back track. TAKE THE 2nd trail. You’ll know you’re on the correct trail because you’ll shortly see a white sign that says “Abbey Foundation’s of Oregon”. Keep going and stay to the left when you reach the fork. You’ll know you’ve done that correct if you see another sign like the first one. There’s a portion of the hike where you will go down a hill between two fallen logs. As you get to the bottom you’ll notice a trail to the left that requires you to climb over the log and go up (don’t take that trail if you’re looking for an easier hike). Instead continue past the 2 fallen Trunks until you see the river. Take a left and follow the river all the way to the falls! If the water is high, you’ll want completely water proof shoes to walk through the river and to the big rock in front of the falls. I ended up with so much water in my boots I had to hike out in soaked shoes. Go early it gets packed around noon!

So beautiful. If you drive to the trailhead, have a good 4X4 car. I parked on crooked finger and walked all the way down. It was a long ways down, but the falls was worth it!

Clearly a cousin to the falls of Silver Falls with the advantage of stairs down to the pool beneath the falls. The walk through the pastures was lovely!

Beautiful hidden hike. Took longer than I thought to get to the trailhead but was totally worth it! Good hike if you’re headed to the beach

Wow! What an amazing view! The waterfall comes out of nowhere! People are not joking about the drive down especially if you plan on going all the way down, very large pot holes, and some areas are only wide enough for 1 car. Besides all that, the hike down is difficult but do-able and the view is so worth it !

This trail is another awesome hidden gem. The trail itself is fairly easy to moderate at points, as it had some downed trees and bush across the path. I hiked the weekend of the windstorm in April 2018. The suspension bridge was great, I was expecting more movement, but it only had slight bobbing with only me on it. Very sturdy and well built, with a perfect view of the gorge and falls below. Keep going down the trail after crossing, as it switches back down towards the falls for a front row view. Very powerful, and pools were filled and raging at this time of year. Hike back is all up hill, but not bad at all. I had the place to myself early, but passed many people coming down on my way back up.

hiking
14 days ago

DRIVE THE GRAVEL ROAD UNTIL YOU HIT THE WHITE GATE. my friend and i took 2 wrong trails before finding the actual trail. all in all the trail was rated appropriatly, definitely wear hiking books, and all though you can bring your dog i would not recommend. the lookout to the fall is small quarters and heavily trafficed. will probably try the tail again in the summer time!

hiking
14 days ago

Holy hell, the falls are beautiful. I’m glad I had a good SUV. it definitely saved us a lot of time. The trail itself was difficult and very muddy. The ropes came in handy. It was so worth it. BEAUTIFUL!!!

hiking
16 days ago

Got lost here! Definitely catch a ride up and down the gravel road. AWD and lift kit may be your best bet.

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked this with my mom on Mother’s Day. Great for kids and old people. Very pretty wild flowers along the way. It was great seeing families out as well. Got lucky and got a parking spot as someone was leaving.

Easy out and back trail. Was surprisingly busy for a middle of the week... was spring break for some, just not Oregon. Good views. Well maintained.

walking
21 days ago

Nice walk. Not much of a workout. good for the little guys. Dogs welcomed.

Nice hike. Kids liked the falls. Good workout. Really far out while driving. You think maybe you've missed it. Keep going. Worth the drive.

Easy hike. Definitely worth seeing the bridge and falls. Plan to do again soon.

SUPER easy hike! Got there faster than I was expecting and even got to stand at the base of the falls! Definitely one I’ll be revisiting soon!

Definitely read the reviews before attempting this one. At least all wheel drive if you’re going to drive down off crooked finger road to the fall. About a mile in is a huge pot hole that my CRV made it over but driving back up it was nerve racking. There are two ways down from the trailhead. We stumbled on the right path by another hiker. He told us to stay to the left. There are ropes provided to help you. Apparently here is another way to the right that is scary. With all that said: Whoo hoo absolutely gorgeous hike and fall. Definitely worth the trouble. It’s a half day adventure well worth it.

Beautiful hike and stunning waterfall.

hiking
23 days ago

We hit this on the way back from the Cape Lookout hike. It is super short, more of a stroll than a hike. The trail is in great shape and people of all abilities can walk it safely. The falls at the end were actually way more impressive than I was expecting. The info says that it is the tallest waterfall in the Cascades and I'd believe it. The trail is closed a bit before the falls, it looks like logs are blocking the path, but you have a pretty full view of the whole falls.

Amazing place absolutely love it!

hiking
23 days ago

Fairly short hike if you drive all the way down. Pretty steep on the ropes course, I definitely had to hang on. Ends with an amazingly pretty waterfall!!

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike with one of my favorite falls. If you’re car can make it all the way down the road to the trail head it’s a pretty short hike, but you’re not missing much other than a long uphill (on the way out) road. Drive down as far as you can.

Very fun short hike w great views! We missed the North loop which would have made it a bit longer. But crowded on a Sunny weekend and hard to find a parking space. There is a nice side trip- a covered bridge on bear creek road if u go that way instead of taking 101.

We had a great time hiking to the falls today. Weather was perfect, parking full but trails light on people until on our way down in the early afternoon. Fun to see so many dogs and their escorts. Only muddy near the water. Falls were full and fabulous!

Aqua Blue! Clear Water Beautiful Falls, Good Hike

Beautiful

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike, don’t take a car here, get ready to use some ropes to get in and out.

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