hiking
19 hours ago

Followed Google maps all the way to the end of the road. I was driving on “the trail” (dirt road, many deep potholes) until the dirt road ended. Parked, hiked in about a mile to the waterfall. It is breathtaking! I was with a 4 year old that had no problems scrambling down the trail. There’s a rope to hang on to. Saw a few patches of wild irises...go early during the week & you have this place to yourself. It was worth the 1 hour 20 minute drive from Troutdale. Stop at Scott’s Mills on the way back for another beautiful waterfall

In the winter and spring the waterfall is so massive! Love it!!

on Abiqua Falls Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Finally hiked it with our 2 huskies. Short but a bit of a challenge trail but i must say the reward was so worth it. We enjoyed it. To see video of our hike check out JakeeMum on youtube.

Used to camp here as a teen. Some hillbilly shot a guy randomly once out there I heard. Pretty sure there is a second falls you can walk under, even cooler in my opinion. In the 90’s this was a steep hike, once you get to the falls. I hear it’s even worse now. You’d have to boogie-bottom down a clay cliff if you wanted to take a dip in the falls. Great memories. Times keep changing but I’m glad to see the rock piling tradition continue. It’s a very meditative cove, especially on loads of mushrooms and LSD.

I would rate 5 stars, but considering it's a "hidden gem" and can be somewhat of a pain to get to, I've been a few times and there has always been a crowd and it's frustrating. I don't mind sharing of course but many people are very inconsiderate. If there's others I keep my dogs leashed and next to me, I also will wait my turn to take pictures and /or enjoy the falls area. When you, your children or animals are running all over into my long exposure shot or bumping into me or my dog.. I mean come on people! I go in the middle of the week and get there at 8am and 10 people are there.

I've taken my full size 3/4 ton pickup every time I've gone since it has the clearance, if you care about your mirrors or paint park at the top. Otherwise watch for oncoming cars on the narrow road going either direction.

If you do get a moment to yourself to really enjoy this waterfall, it's absolutely breath taking. Make sure to follow instructions from other reviews, find the trail sign. Someone was nice enough to park in front of the trail and sign the first time I went and I surfed down the hillside gravel to the water.. It wasn't terrible, but it was dirty.

Beautiful falls!!! Was a little tricky to find, but totally worth it. We were glad that we had people to ask where to go. We took our 4 kids with: 10, 8, 5, and 3. It was very steep at certain areas, but they had a blast and are seasoned hikers so it wasn’t too bad. If bringing kids I would suggest having at least two adults to assist on the really steep areas. Great hike overall!

hiking
18 days ago

love this trail. it is very steep going down, there are ropes to assist. make sure you wear comfy shoes and comfy pants. the breath taking view is so worth the hike. make sure to drive all the way up to the falls, otherwise you will be taking a good 45 min walk just to get to the trail.

Hiked the falls yesterday and YES it was AMAZING! Read others reviews before you go- They are so helpful!
Stay to the LEFT of the forks in the trails for the "easier" hike. My advice is drive down the road as far as you feel comfortable and park along the sides of the dirt road-there are quite a few spots to safely pull over and park... the easy 2 mile walk seems so much longer once you've come back up the mountainside!
If its been a "dry" Spring like it has been recently (no torrential downpour for days, just light showers off and on) the road down to the trailhead is very doable with any 4x4 (we even saw a prius making its way down no problem). We however parked at the ATV landing to be safe and walked. We definitely could have driven safely much further but didn't know what to expect. The actual hike down the hill did take some careful navigation at times, but we were carrying down supplies for a photo shoot and had everything perfectly intact, even all the way back up to the top! Stunning photo-op, although it is sure gaining in popularity! We had quite an audience- about 15-20 people were down at the falls around 2pm on a Sunday. Not too bad, but I do believe the secret may be out ;)
Thank you Friends of the Abbey for keeping this hidden gem accessible ♡

Loved it. Super easy, still plenty of water going down the falls!

Perfect for my 4 & 7 year old, very rewarding hike! Pit toilet at trailhead, but no picnic tables. Might have to go back in summer, when we can swim :)

Incredible hike. Prepare to get muddy in the spring time. Road is difficult to find without GPS, but don’t look up “Abiqua Falls” in your maps. You will end up 26 miles from the actual trail head.

hiking
26 days ago

Majestic. Stunning. Beautiful place. I will say part of the things to watch out for is just being careful where you step. Lot of walking on rocks, some are slick. Hurting an ankle or falling hard on rocks would not feel great. Just be careful and don't rush some spots. Just enjoy it anyway!

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing waterfall.
Short hike depending where you start...
The road to get to the start of the trail isn’t the best, lots of pot holes and a narrow road if it starts to feel uncomfortable driving park wherever there’s room and start walking. Now, you can miss the start of the trail, if you get to the white gate backpedal about 100 yards and look for a pathway along the road to go down. When you get to the river go up stream and you will hit the waterfall.

this was a beautiful hake. we enjoyed it. but the 0.7 kicked us in the behinds. we cant wait into are next hike but in the between then and now. we r going to start walking.

hiking
1 month 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!

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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)

My absolute favorite hike, but I can’t stress enough to bring an SUV! The walk down to the trail head isn’t bad it’s having the 2.5 mile walk back up a rocky road after, luckily enough people are great and offered us to hitch a ride in their truck bed on the way back. That said, hope you’re prepared to get wet and muddy!

hiking
2 months ago

Knowing some tips about this trail will make your life a lot easier. Go with a friend who has been there before. And plan to get wet and dirty.

Amazing reward at the end!

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