The length of this hike will depend on what type of vehicle you have and/or what you are willing to do with your vehicle. Explanation below in the directions.
Directions: From 205 South get on Highway 213 South and drive to the town of Marquam where you will take an immediate left toward Scotts Mills (there is a sign but you need to be paying attention or you’ll blow past the sign and turn). Follow this road until you reach the town of Scotts Mills. Right when you enter Scotts Mills take a left onto Crooked Finger Road and drive for 9.5 miles where the pavement ends. Continue on the gravel road another 1.4 miles until you reach road CF300 on the right. There is a long skinny sign on a tree that marks the road. You will be driving 2.5 miles on Road CF300 to the trailhead which is a locked gate and has a gravel area for parking. WARNING: CF300 starts out ok but gradually gets worse and worse. It is strongly advised to have a high profile vehicle to make it all the way to the trailhead. If you don’t have a high profile vehicle (like us) you can drive one mile on CF300 to an ATV staging area on the right (it’s up a small hill) that has plenty of room to park your car. From there you will have to walk the mile and a half to the trailhead. The road is downhill almost the whole way to the trailhead, so you’ll have an uphill climb back to your car when you’re finished. It’s not a terrible hike to the trailhead but something to keep in mind.
As a point of reference we saw a large Ford truck, older Bronco and Suburban, as well as a few Subarus make it all the way to the trailhead slowly but just fine. We saw a Dodge Dart, Toyota Camry and Ford Focus all parked near our car, where they walked to the trailhead. We did see two high profile vehicles parked back as well but we figured it was because the owners didn’t want to risk anything happening to their shiny new cars. Please be aware that this road is very popular for ATV’s, so be cautious while hiking to the trailhead!
This hike is a steep scramble and creek side hike. So please make sure you are sure footed and willing to get a little muddy before you decide to come. From the trailhead parking area walk back down the road a very short distance to a side trail that takes you downhill to a large white sign that says Abbey Foundation Of Oregon. This is NOT a maintained trail but it’s had enough use that it is very obvious where you should be heading. Just past the Abbey sign you will start off relatively flat but that all quickly changes. You will wind steeply downhill passing two areas that have rope attached to trees (some nice random person added this and it does help, especially if the trail is muddy and slippery) until you reach the creek.
Once you reach the creek the hard part is over. Follow the trail up the left side of the creek, you will have to climb over a few fallen logs but it’s nothing hard. You will start to curve left where you end at the 92-foot tall Abiqua Falls and the awesome basalt wall behind it. This is an out-and-back hike so head back the way you came. We found the scramble back up to be much easier than coming down!
Even though the trailhead is not the easiest to reach, and the scramble is steep and can be a muddy mess, it’s worth it! Abiqua Falls is one of the pretties waterfalls in Oregon.
Be sure to check out Butte Creek Falls before heading home, it’s just a short drive away!
Distance: .8 or 3.8 miles
Elevation: 180 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes if your dog is ok with scrambling.
Good For: This hike should only be done if you are sure footed and comfortable doing scrambles.
Parking Fee: None
Popular: This hike has become more well known recently. I would expect it to be fairly busy on nice weekends.
Overall: This is one of the better waterfalls we’ve been to that doesn’t have a maintained trail.