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hiking
11 hours ago

definitely a cool trail. not overly long, so if you have kids with you it is very doable . the road there is not good, lots of large potholes and it will hurt your shocks. I recommend 4x4 vehicle, though if you do not have one, it's not the end of the world.

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
7 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!

Super easy trail, hiked it after doing the majority of henline mountain trail but had to turn back because of snow. The fall is totally worth seeing. A few people there today but not a crowded mess.

Mostly very beautiful and pleasant experience. Awesome waterfall worth the hike. The road to the trail head is full of potholes, and parts of it just gravel. The trail is not toddler friendly close to the waterfall. Took 2 hours with two toddlers.

Fun little hike!

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 !

hiking
13 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
13 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!!!

At the second waterfall, explore down to the riverbed. Gorgeous short hike.

hiking
15 days ago

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

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.

Still closed. We decided to try the trail regardless, but it clearly hasn't been maintained in a while and leads you nowhere. Oh well!

hiking
22 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
22 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.

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!

Went all the way there and saw the parking lot with about 30 cars, stopped and turned right around. Not my kind of hiking I prefer only a couple people on the trail not a crowded zoo. Tuned around and hiked henline mountain trail instead. Much better

hiking
23 days ago

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

backpacking
24 days ago

Nice area but was already kind of busy. I can only imagine how it is in summer...

To find Stassel falls you can follow Shellburg Road (gravel road) past Lower Shellburg Falls and the trailhead for the Upper Falls. In 4-5 min on your left you will see a trail marker for August Mtn Trail. A short, though muddy, unmarked trail is found soon after on your right toward Stassel Falls.

most of the way is on a fire trail very easy steady climb but the last part of the trail to the upper shellberg falls is short but uneven because of roots and rocks. trail to lower falls is fairly smooth.

walking
28 days ago

I took my dogs out here to get away for a little bit. I loved this hike. It was short and had a rewarding ending. The water fall and water in general were beautiful. There’s also a little cave there that you can explore.

hiking
29 days ago

I really loved this hike. Very beautiful, full of lush forest beds. Stunning waterfall.

The only reason I gave it four stars was due to getting to the trail head. If you love to rough up your vehicle then by all means travel the last 5 miles up there early spring with pot holes the size of a car. BUT! Totally worth it. The pools and streams where beautiful and still recommend the hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Went last year, and plan on going again soon. Good hike to take kids, we even took one of those big wheeled child stroller’s. Much is a road. Ppl in the town are pretty friendly and it’s interesting to see how their energy set up runs.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful ravine and falls. Just a tip for other as I accidentally went down the dangerous path:

Make sure you do NOT take the trailhead nearest to the white gate (this one forks left past a makeshift campsite, then drops steeply off a cliff). Go back up the *road* from the white gate a couple hundred feet or so, and look for a dirt/muddy path down. This "easier" path is not easy and still fairly steep, but is not life/death dangerous like the other path (I went up the easier path after seeing other hikers coming down that way).

There's a map at oregonhikers.com that outlines the red path that you want to avoid (unless you're looking for a near-death thrill): http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Abiqua_Falls_Hike

Do note, if you bring a small car and park at the big gravel lot, its a full 2 to 2.5 miles each way, just to get to the white gate.

Make sure you know what you're getting into, and take screenshots ahead of time (no data access out there), be safe, and enjoy - the falls are absolutely gorgeous.

If you're looking to get good photos, I went in mid March on a sunny day - you'd want to be there before noon or after 3ish to avoid the sun washing out your pics.

undeniably the most gorgeous waterfall I have seen in person. And I've seen a few...
there is also great 4 wheel drive/atv/motocross trails in the area (you'll drive right by these, so keep your eye open)

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