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The lookout has been condemned due to vandalism

2 days 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!

10 days 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!

15 days ago

March 3, 2018

Waterfall and the 360 degrees around it are a 6 out of 5.

Hike itself is kind of meh. The drive was fun and sketchy. You can get to a dirt parking area with most cars. But it would not be fun to walk the way down the road and back up. I was able to get 4/5 of the way down before the road gave way too much for my stock 4Runner and parked on turn around cove.

Another driver made it all the way down to gate with probably 22” tires on a pick up.

Hike was slippery and muddy and once you get to river edge have to hike on rocks the size of a human head for an eighth of a mile. It’s all about the payoff. Saw 2 other hikers and had the place to myself when I got there. Go now if looking for a good sight or wait until warmer weather to have a better time on the sloppy trail.

19 days ago

beautiful. shitty(ish) conditions in the dead of winter (go figure). kinda hard to find but fairness there was snow covering everything. absolutely worth it.

Beautiful waterfall! Just some notes on this trail:

If you start where AllTrails tells you to, you’re pretty much walking down an ATV/Offroading-type road the majority of the hike. I drove down this road not knowing this and pretty much made the hike towards the waterfall about a mile (one-way). I basically drove until I hit a white gate. When you get there, park off to the side and walk back up 50-100 feet and you can head down onto a trail to go to the waterfall. Do note, this is one of the two ways to get down to the waterfall, and it can be very, very sketch getting down and up. There are a few climbing ropes spread about to assist you, but it is pretty much a scramble down, and it was very muddy with snow yesterday when we did it. We encountered a hiker/photographer who had actually slide down much of this slope down and banged up his wrist (hope he’s okay!). If you hike it, you might find another well trafficked way down, but I didn’t spot it on the drive there.

In regards to driving down much of the trail, most people say to use an SUV or truck with 4x4/AWD. I did just fine in my little Subaru Impreza with winter tires (sorry to the stuck 4Runner that we couldn’t provide much help). Just choose your lines carefully, know your car well. It DOES get really icy, and the drive back up is pretty hilly. Turning off traction control helps, but be confident in driving in winter conditions if you attempt this.

29 days ago

Went here today (02-19-18) and had a blast! Unless you want to walk in 1+ miles in gravel to the trailhead, I suggest taking an AWD/4x4 vehicle due to the recent snow and high elevation. There's a white gate and majority of vehicles parked there since the head is pretty close. Don't forget to bring boots!

1 month ago

we went 1/28/18 and found a beautiful waterfall at the end! Getting there was a rugged muddy climb. I would recommend wearing shoes and pants that can get dirty. Totally worth it in the end.

1 month ago

Came up here with the intention of getting as close to Elk Lake as my 4x4 could make it in the snow then hiking the rest of the way in. I literally got to the trailhead and had to park it. Still a good hike and a decent workout. Made it all the way into Elk Lake in about 1.5 hours. Vehicle tracks all the way up. The lake was sufficiently frozen over otherwise I would've tried to fish. The snow on the road was wet and pretty slippery. You won't need snowshoes unless it's new powder. Otherwise, I suggest bringing a pair of Yaktraks or low profile crampons. A little overkill but it was exhausting slipping every step. The views along the first 1.5 miles are pretty nice.

Hike itself is not “hard” but it’s not for the faint of heart (or heights) pack some boots meant for mudslides if you go right now. (We were there 1/28)
If you find a drone floating in the water, that’s ours. Probably some pretty gorgeous footage on it too! Will go back when it’s replaced :)

Absolutely beautiful, look for the rope to guide you down and follow the rocks on the river to the falls. Someone was walking along the top ridge instead and it was suuuper unsafe with the mud and rocks.

Very muddy and slippery today. Well worth it though. It’s definitely moderate to difficult, but from where I parked I only clocked about 2 miles out and back. Back to parking; I’d advise if you have a capable suv or truck to drive all the way to the white gate, the trailhead is right there, otherwise you’re basically walking a gravel road forever. Lots of confusion today amongst new comers myself included as to where exactly to park, start hiking. Falls are amazing!

1 month ago

Hard to find but man was it worth it at the end!

1 month ago

Water level is super high today, the river was raging and no way to walk along the river directly up to the falls as appears to be possible normally. We made it by basically clinging to the side of the bank by roots and branches, skirting underneath the basalt cliff dripping with water, moss and fern. Totally worth it when we made it to the falls. The water was thunderous and the pool was a gushing whirl of water beneath, leaving us to enjoy from a precarious perch above. Needless to say, it was not a crowded day.

Ps don’t go straight past the gate, without the heavy traffic, a lot of people were going the wrong way. Also major thanks to the girl that gave us a lift from halfway back to the first lot!

This is the best waterfall I've been to in Oregon so far. It's like you're in a whole other world. It's so incredibly beautiful. We made a beautiful video showcasing the hike from the main trail head.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLgQzf64AMo&t=331s

1 month ago

I hiked up and around Cline Butte on a "mostly sunny" late January day.
This was my first visit to this area and I was unaware of the fact that Cline butte is less a hiking destination than a mountain biking and OHV one. Thankfully, there was no traffic (on either 2 or 4 wheels) during the 2.5 hours I spent on the trails. If your primary objective is to walk/hike, you may want to take this into account before heading out (maybe having a plan B).

I parked just on the shoulder of SW Cline Falls Rd. I saw two entrances but skipped the first (southernmost) one as it had "private property / no trespassing" signs posted and what looked like an abandoned/disabled vehicle just inside. Instead, I parked by the second/northernmost entrance (a little before and across the Juniper Trail trailhead). This is also the entrance that provides access to the rock/gravel pit/quarry... so another thing to keep in mind if the quarry is in operation (it wasn't on the Saturday I hiked).

From the entrance, i found the first dirt road on the left (southwest) and continued on it until it reached a barbed-wire fenced area. The road then turns north and follows the fence. After a while, a large opening in the fence lets you through and you can quickly turn back west, following power/telephone lines. This section is mostly flat and dishes out the usual high-desert fare (must be rather hot and dusty in the warmer months).

Around the 1.1 miles mark, a single track trail on the right marks the beginning of the ascent. This is (based on the videos I saw on Youtube later) a mountain bikers' favorite. The trail is rather steep and cut more for bikes than 2-legged creatures; it reaches the top in about 1 mile and starts providing sweeping views to the southeast to the northeast on the way up (good excuse to catch your breath).

The top of Cline Butte (the southernmost of three summits) is a closed-off government facility; however, a narrow trail goes all around the chainlink fence and covers the 360 degrees panorama above the plateau. Clouds were snagged on the Cascades summits when I got up there but the views to Broken Top, the Sisters, Washington, Three-fingers Jack, etc. must be quite nice on a clear day.

From the top, there are many different ways to get back down through a combination of rocky dirt roads and single track mountain bike trails. I opted to head straight north to the summit of the middle butte and down the other side. This opened up a very beautiful vista towards the Smith Rock and Ochoco mountains area, essentially following the spine between the two southern buttes.

The rock quarry is at the base of the northern butte on its eastern slope and I decided to avoid that rather unappealing section, returning by the side of the second butte in a south-easterly direction.

The descent from the top of Cline butte is rather steep (again a reminder that these roads/paths) are not intended for hikers and a bit of caution will avoid slipping here and there.

The whole loop was just about 4.5 waterless and mostly exposed miles (bring water and sun protection)-- a short but rewarding adventure considering the absence of vehicular activity that day.

I gave only 3 stars because of the overused feel of the route... the views on a good day would very likely deserve more.

Took a hike with my sisters and our dogs and it was really fun!

on Abiqua Falls Trail

1 month ago

this is an amazing short hike if you park right out the trail. I parked on the huge parking lot which I hope they'll fix it soon. I did 4.8 mile round trip from there. In my opinion I consider this an easy hike, but for beginners it's a moderate! But great waterfall at the end (:

2 months ago

Beautiful hike through the woods to an amazing view of the mountains.

2 months ago

Worth it

I hesitate telling anybody about this place. It is the the most unbelievable place in all of Oregon. Oops...it sucks there are evil monsters here and anthrax. It is really ugly sucks.

Was able to get my honda all the way down to the second trailhead, if just barely. Strongly not recommended if you do not have four wheel drive and it has just rained a lot. Fun little hike, pretty technical, but short, and the reward was huge! Had a great time.

2 months ago

I completed this hike on 1/6/18 with a couple of friends. The snow in the Rock field was the most challenging part as it was hard to navigate through the trail while sinking in almost a foot of snow in some cases. It is still doable with regular hiking boots if you're up to the challenge. Bring warm clothes; gloves would help. I'd recommend checking the weather before hand too and be cautious and aware of the risks of hiking through ice and snow.

Reaching the trail head was a little confusing on it's own. If it weren't for another user who mentioned following the Table Rock trail sign with the black arrow, we wouldn't have found it. Follow your GPS to the trail as normal but once a few miles away, keep an eye out for the sign mentioned before. Simply follow that main gravel road (there are two forks I believe but remain on the road going up) and you'll reach the top of the road where the hike is. we

2 months ago

Beautiful fall, so worth it! HIGHLY RECOMMEND 4-wheel drive vehicle, not completely necessary. With 4wd, does allows you to get a closer parking location near trailhead! Which is at the end of the gravel road! So keep going! You’ll see various parking locations along the way, but for easiest parking, I suggest the very end. The trail itself wasn’t too bad some steep areas down/inclines. There’re some ropes posted along trail for assistance. Will climb over and under fallen trees, nothing terrible! From the trailhead it’s about a 15 minute hike down then about 10 minutes along the riverbank.

The weather conditions: Clear skies/sunshine.
The day before had rained, caused for conditions to be muddy and slippery.

Driving directions: Once you get to the RockCreek Road once you get to the end of the paved road take that until you see a sign on your right. Then follow that and after sometime you’ll see a fork -take the ATV trail- which is pretty much a straight. Take that, and that road will lead to the trailhead at the end of it. There are multiple parking areas: a large gravel area(vehicles w/o 4wd- it is a long walk), pull offs on the side of the road(3-4), one right before trailhead, one right after trailhead (preferred parking).

Hope that helps! Happy adventuring!

2 months ago

I make it a ritual to visit this little bit of heaven every year. It changes each time I visit. Beautiful doesn't even fit the description of this waterfall. It is so much more. Not a hike for the timid. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

2 months ago

I hiked this part of the Oregon Dunes NRA on New Year's Day under clear skies and calm winds.

After finding my way around the park itself (talked to a ranger), and paying the $5 fee, I settled on parking at the Day Use area at the southern tip of Cleawox lake.
I immediately climbed the tall-ish dunes right off the left of the trailhead, providing me with good indications of where my path should lead me. A short up-hill of the sandy trail leads to the first expansive view of the main dunes area to the south and the forested strip separating the dunes from the beach. This is a good vantage point to map a route to the trees and access to the beach.
As I was the first one on the trail (30mn after sunrise) I could meander my way leisurely across the dunes, enjoying the morning light, looking for photo opportunities and plotting a course that follows the crest of the dune and the part with harder sand.

Only when I reached the tree-band did the first ATVs start buzzing in the distance. A strip of water separates the dunes from the trees and a main thoroughfare for ATV follows this trip. At 'rush hour' it may not be a very friendly place for hikers :-)
I headed further south along the edge of the water until I came upon the main crossing to the beach (Chapman's OHV trail). There also, it is probably better to avoid this section at periods of high ATVs activity. About half way to the beach is a north-south "trail" (Hunters) but, on this January day, it was flooded in both directions.
Once out of the trees, it is a very short distance to the grassy bluff that overlooks the beach.
Exercise more caution at the "pass" across the bluff as vehicles coming from the beach come at high speed to negotiate the sandy slope.

Once on a beach, I took a short rest sitting on a tangle of large logs where I would could look at the vehicular action while staying out of the way.

I then header north with the intention to make a loop by cutting back inland around the South Jetty Road. The walk on the beach was very pleasant and the washed up logs make for more excuses to take pictures. The portion of the beach I walked (for Chapman's to Heidi's beach is also shared with OHVs but traffic was relatively light and drivers mindful of the slow on the wet sand.

A few "pedestrians" enjoyed the undisturbed sand at Heidi's beach. I did the same before crossing over the bluff to the South Jetty Parking #1. From there, I could not find a safe/enjoyable return route directly to the John Honeyman parking lot and decided to just walk the South Jetty Rd to 101 and then another 1.75 miles to the park entrance. There is sufficient shoulder width pretty much all the way to not have to worry too much about road traffic.

All told this is just about 10 miles (around 3.5 on blacktop)

2 months ago

From late Sept. - early Nov. this is a beautiful area to pick chanterelles. Be watchful for the elk herds, this time of year. The bulls are a little aggressive. Surprised to see it listed on this app.

on Abiqua Falls Trail

2 months ago

Just did the hike/drive in late December. The drive was not bad but having lots of ground clearance and 4WD is advised. Some technical spots on the hike, but ropes were in place for steep muddy parts of the trail. You have to hop over some downed trees and traverse over a short but slippery rocky section where it would be easy to twist an ankle. Poles were helpful. Having said all that, seeing the falls for the first time was pretty cool. There is a lot more water going over the falls this time of year than what you see in the pictures.

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