“Breathtaking waterfall hike”
Abiqua Falls is a near-perfect free-falling waterfall of 92 feet in height set amid a spectacular basaltic amphitheater, framed by some of the best examples of columnar jointing that can be found in western Oregon. That the bedrock is basaltic has allowed various shades of moss and lichen to flourish in the canyon - with one section of the walls stained a bright orangeish-red by the growth in a similarly unique fashion as Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. The falls were the site of what was at one point thought to be a world record for the tallest waterfall run in a kayak. The kayakers who established the feat measured the falls at 101 feet tall, which differs from the measurement taken when reviewed for this database by 9 feet (though this is probably within an acceptable margin of error given the methods used, but it did not look like 100 feet to my eye). Abiqua Falls lies on land owned by the Mount Angel Abbey (rather than the surrounding Silver Falls Tree Farm as initially believed), who have graciously allowed public access to the falls. Between April and July of 2010 they had posted the land because of concerns about liability but as of the beginning of July 2010, they have once again opened the falls to access. Please remember to be a courteous and conscious visitor if you seek out this magnificent waterfall - pack out whatever you bring with you and behave as you would in a guest's home. We are privileged to have access to this waterfall and we should be grateful for the Abbey for being so willing to go to the lengths they saw necessary to continue to allow the public to visit.
In order to get here you need and ATV. Don't follow the GPS. Take Highway 213 South of Oregon City. Once you get to Molalla go east when you see the sign for Scotts Mills (if you've gotten to Silverton you've gone too far).
When you get to Scotts Mills go South at Crooked Finger Road, then drive just under 10 miles til the paved road ends, and you'll be on a gravel road for about a mile and a half.
The road is CF300. Then a few yard away you'll get to an open area and go through a gate, then downhill til you pass two or three junctions, you'll get to a locked gate about 2 and half miles later (from Crooked Finger Road).
There's parking on the left, then a short walk to an unmarked trailhead.
A 100-ft waterfall, off-the-beaten path, surrounded by columnar basalt columns and verdant moss.
apparently the ice skating here is spectacular in winter!
Couldn't find this place, even with navigation there was no sign of water anywhere. Drove forever for nothing
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