The hike is listed as .08 miles round trip, but it may feel like more to some.
The road in (Crooked Finger Road) gets more sketchy as you drive down towards the trailhead. Having the right car with high clearance is required for this part of the journey. However, parking and walking down to the trailhead is possible too. You will notice parkings lots on the right where people park to take their ATV’s and dirt bikes into the woods. Parking there is free and you will have a 2-3 mile additional hike down to the trailhead if you do this.
We were unsure about how bad this section of the road got, so we decided to park and walk down (2-3 miles), making it a longer trip than expected. After getting to the trailhead, I would be comfortable taking my Subaru Outback down this road.
Once you get to the bottom of the road, you will notice a gate that says private property, and you will see a trail to the left. Although unmarked, this is the trail you take down to Abiqua Falls. There is a white sign on the trees that reads, “private land but open to the public for recreational use.” Follow this trail to the left and you will notice it starts to go downhill quickly. It can appear as if you are just walking into the woods, but keep following the foot path along the creek. You will reach some rock scramble, and ropes down the dangerous shuffle to the bottom. I did not find this dangerous, but to beginning hikers, this may not be ideal. Children and older dogs are not recommended due to muddy slides and lots loose rocks to walk on. I didn’t use the ropes for guidance, as they are muddy and old, I was fine taking the trail by foot and root support. Once down the scramble you will see giant basalt walls along a beautiful creek.
You sense as if you aren't going the right direction, only to see a giant valley of cliffs around you. The large basalt rock bowl was created from the same geological formation as Silver Falls State Park, which is very close to here. Keep walking around the corner and you will see Abiqua Falls.
Come back up the way you came, proceed with caution when going back up the scramble, there have been incidents of people falling 80-100 feet onto the rocks or into the water.
I cannot wait to go back.
This is the second time I took out the Canon DSLR camera. Using the Canon instead of my iPhone is a challenge; but an exciting one.
Fee: None; but it is private property so respect it. #leavenotrace
Directions from Eugene: Take I-5 North towards Salem, Exit on 252 for Kuebler Blvd., turn right. Stay on for 7.4 miles, turn right onto OR-213 N. Take for 9.5 miles and continue right on OR-213N/Oak Street. After another 4.8 miles turn right onto Mt. Angel/ Scotts Mills Rd NW. Stay on for 2.7 miles before turning onto Crooked Finger Rd. NE. Take this road for 11 miles as it turns into gravel. Follow until you reach trailhead or the road stops at a gate. *Only drive to bottom with proper high-clearance AWD vehicle.
*Disclaimer: the mileage, difficulty rating, directions depicted on this website are never 100% accurate. Always hike at your own risk, using your own equipment, common sense and knowledge.
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