Abiqua Falls

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Abiqua Falls


  • The beginning of the trail.- Abiqua Falls
  • - Abiqua Falls
  • Red alder (Alnus rubra).- Abiqua Falls
  • Looking down on Abiqua Creek.- Abiqua Falls
  • Red alder engulfed in moss.- Abiqua Falls
  • Unidentified stonecrop species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Abiqua Falls
  • Steep trail down to Abiqua Creek.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Creek.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Creek.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Creek canyon.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Creek canyon.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Falls.- Abiqua Falls
  • Looking up at the basalt amphitheater at Abiqua Falls.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Falls.- Abiqua Falls
  • Columnar jointed basalt at Abiqua Falls.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Creek canyon.- Abiqua Falls
  • The closed gate just after the trailhead.- Abiqua Falls
  • Late autumn leaves fill the pool.- Abiqua Falls
  • The contrasting ice with the deep green waters during high flow can be pretty spectacular.- Abiqua Falls
  • A unique amphitheater of columnar basalt surrounds Abiqua Falls.- Abiqua Falls
  • Abiqua Falls in autumn.- Abiqua Falls
Overview + Weather
Stunning waterfall.
Nearby clear-cut. Steep and unimproved trail.
Willamette Valley, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,440.00 ft (438.91 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Hidden on private land owned by the Mount Angel Abbey, Abiqua Falls is arguably one of Oregon's most spectacular waterfalls.  The 92-foot waterfall is perfectly framed by an enormous basalt amphitheater adorned with lichens, mosses and various ferns, but what makes the hike to the classic cascade so special is that it is so difficult to find, making the end destination that much more rewarding.

As you venture past Scotts Mills, be sure to watch your odometer as none of the forest roads off of Crooked Finger Road are marked.  Passing unfortunately large swaths of clear-cut forest you will eventually reach to the trailhead, which also isn't marked.  See our driving directions for details.

If you have the time, take one of the best waterfalls tours in the Pacific Northwest by visiting nearby Butte Creek Falls and the 10 falls within Silver Falls State Park.

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