Abiqua Falls Trail

HARD 249 reviews

Abiqua Falls Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Scotts Mills, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Abiqua Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oregon. While located on private land the falls are currently accessible to visitors but getting to the trailhead does require some off-roading. Finding the turn off is tricky so it's not wise to simply rely on your phone's GPS for directions.

hiking
3 days ago

I suggest not going on the weekend and make sure you have a 4x4 vehicle. Beautiful falls and worth the adventure but be prepared. The hike is very steep in sections but ok if you take your time.

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3 days ago

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8 days ago

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12 days ago

Absolutely stunning waterfall !!! Comes out of no where! Please please be careful when driving down, very large pot holes, but that being said I'm so glad we did! We also drove to the very end and went down a clif with rope lol

13 days ago

Very beautiful! But tons of people definitely recommend going on a day when it's not too hot out or a weekday.

hiking
14 days ago

The drive is pretty sketchy, you definitely need 4 wheel drive and high clearance. The hike was pretty steep but not too difficult. Waterfall is super full early spring, awesome for pictures.

hiking
19 days ago

You will need a high clearance car to get all the way to the trailhead, otherwise you can park about 20 minutes up the gravel road and walk down. The trailhead will be to the left. I accidentally took a right on the trail where it forks off and had to scale down an extremely steep cliff with ropes helping you along the way. There's an easier way to get down if you take a left instead. Once you get down to the creak you hang a left to get to the falls, make sure you stay on the left side of the creak or else you'll have to cross through water about halfway up.
The best part about the falls is it's very clean no garbage, barely any people maybe 5-10 at a time, and just the remarkable beauty of the falls. Highly recommend good hiking shoes for this trail.

29 days ago

We took an explorer to the gate and did just fine, I wouldn't take a car down the road though! The falls were beautiful and worth the steep hike.

hiking
1 month ago

First, the directions suck to this spot. The gravel road is tight and overgrown in a few areas so expect to scratch ur vehicle a few times. There are NO SIGNS saying where the hell you're at so about 75% of the people going there asked the same question... Is this the right way, where is the trailhead, can we make it down in our vehicle.. IF you drive all the way down to the parking area next to the unmarked trail head, the hike is only about 10-15mins to the falls.. the falls is a cool location and pretty awesome looking. If the falls weren't there, this would be a joke of a location. The terrain is steep and will work the legs on the way back up. Pack a lunch so ur not pissed off for driving forever and hiking for a couple mins. The majority of our hike was the gravel road as I was unsure if the road was going to be more overgrown the further down we drove. Don't expect to make it down or back up in a prius. Last but not least, don't wash ur vehicle before going.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

First off I just have to say that once you reach the falls it's amazing and you see that everything is worth it, but getting there is definitely challenging. I see that some of the other reviews have insinuated that this trail is actually easy even though it says that it's hard, well don't be fooled it is in fact difficult. especially just the part of finding where to park. Once you get to the address, keep driving a little ways until you see the ATV trail sign. Here you will wsant to take a right. After traveling down goes little ways you will come to a point where there is parking sort of on the right and just around the general area, do not stop here keep on driving. If you park here it will end up being around 2 hrs just to walk to the actual trailhead. If you keep driving past the first parking area, just mentioned, you will eventually reach a second parking area with a very large pile of sand/rock, you can park here, but I would attempt to try parking in the final destination right past the trailhead. This parking area can be located even further down the road, but be aware that getting there will be difficult considering that this road narrows and will only allow enough space for one car to pass meaning that you may have to be creative when maneuvering past oncoming vehicles. Be warned that this trail is only conducive during dry, warm weather. Any rain will mud-up the trail and will thus make it unsafe. Additionally, you will want to wear tennis shoes with good traction, or even better hiking shoes. Flip flops are definitely a no-no, bad idea! In any case, just enjoy this trail because once you get to the falls it's incredible :)

1 month ago

If you don't have 4WD, it probably is not worth the trek. We had a Ford Fiesta so we parked near the top and had to walk all the way down the road (if walking on the road, just follow it down). The trailhead was second to the right coming from the gate (turning back). There is a sign and I went down the path with orange circles on the trees. Other hikers went down in other spots and said it was much harder, lent a girl with scrapes and cuts my a band aid from my first aid kit. Going down was steep with logs and ropes. It was a lot of fun and is athletic. You then walked down the side of the river along rocks to the falls. It was a beautiful place and we were some of the first people there. We were lucky to get a ride back to our car from some people in an SUV- it would've taken forever to walk up the road. For a day trip from Portland, there were probably other places closer that are just as good.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The road to the trail head is for real folks! not for the faint of heart or for low clearance non AWD vehicles. If you make it all the way to the trail head then you are in the clear. Easy hike down to the creek during the dry season. Took 7 yr old son and he did just fine. As others mention trail head is on the right side as you walk away from the gate in the road at the top of the road. Look for the arrows carved in the tree and go left. Posted some pictures of the white sign which shows you are on the trail then the arrows. Totally worth it!!!! Just be wary of the gravel road and the drive in and out. One spot in particular is a bit hardy but other than that your car will just need a bath at the end of the day.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Going to Abiqua Falls is super easy and family hike friendly. First, just follow the google map then you continue driving straight down all the way until you see a Big White Gate where you will see a big WHITE SIGN too. never turn LEFT. u will be driving off-road for about 30 mins. 4X4 or SUV recommended

1 month ago

Very cool waterfall. Unless you have 4wd you probably will park up the road and walk down. There are a couple sections that are steep with a rope for assistance. Overall good!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the amazing falls I've seen.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful loved it great workout