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Abiqua Falls
   Marion County, Oregon

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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.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Abiqua Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

From the town of Scotts Mills, follow Crooked Finger Road for 10 3/4 miles (1.25 miles past the end of the pavement) and turn right on an unmarked road at a sign for an ORV area. Follow this road downhill, ignoring all spurs, for 2.25 miles to the end of the road at a gate and park. The road down is rough and steep in places and is not well suited to low clearance vehicles. From the end of the road, walk 100 feet back along the road to the trail which leads steeply downhill to the creek and falls in about 1/2 mile. The trail can be slick and muddy when its been raining so exercise caution when hiking downhill.

Latitude

44.92611 N

Longitude

-122.56778 W

Elevation

1200 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Elk Prairie 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Upper Abiqua Falls

0.739 miles

Homestead Falls

1.489 miles

Trinity Falls

3.269 miles

Lower Butte Creek Falls

4.353 miles

Butte Creek Falls

4.356 miles

Upper Butte Creek Falls

4.405 miles

Fall Creek Falls

5.024 miles

Upper North Falls

5.98 miles

North Falls

6.264 miles

Twin Falls

7.061 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

55.67

IWC

2.32  (Class 3)

RATING

68.52 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

92 feet

Tallest Drop

92 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

20 feet

Pitch

90 degrees

Run

5 feet

Primary Form

Plunge

 

Watershed

Molalla River

Stream

Abiqua Creek

AVG. Volume

150.0 cfs

Source

Runoff

Seasonality

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

May 21, 2011

Edited basic information about this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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