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Abiqua Falls Hike

From Portland Hikers Field Guide

Abiqua Falls (Cheryl Hill)
Creek below the falls (Steve Hart)
Oregon flag (Iris tenax), Abiqua Falls (bobcat)
  • Start point: Abiqua Falls TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Abiqua Falls
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: (Out-and-back)
  • Distance: 0.8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 180 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Family Friendly: No
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No

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Hike Description

Abiqua Falls is part of the same geological formation as the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park, and in fact is not far from there as the crow flies (although significantly longer in distance when going by road). It is completely unsigned, and the trail is a bit rough, but it's worth it.

From the parking area at the gate, walk back along the road in the direction you came from. Skip the first rough trail that leaves right from the end of the parking area. Look down the hill on your right after about 100 feet and you'll see a second trail dropping down through the trees. The first few steps are on a steep slope skirting a roadside maple. Take this a short distance to where it curves left (the right branch immediately takes you to an open area at an old road). Continue dropping steeply down the hill for 0.2 miles until you reach the creek.

Turn left upstream along the creek, following a rough trail for another 0.2 mile or so. You will have to climb over and around rocks and logs, but it can be done. During periods of high water, you'll need to climb a steep slope to get around some logs, but during low water, it's easier to walk on the exposed river rock for much of the distance. The trail ends at the huge basalt bowl where Abiqua Falls plunges into a very big splash pool. There is a large rocky area jutting out into the pool from which you can admire the falls, or walk over the mossy rocks to the left around the edge of the bowl.

Return the way you came.

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver - 2003, by Douglas Lorain
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington - 2006, 3rd edition, by William L. Sullivan

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Portland Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.