If I am ever in desperate need of spiritual revitalization or healing meditation, this is where I will go.
Abiqua Falls are not impressive because of its drop size, volume or width. In fact, compared to others I’ve visited in Oregon State, the falls themselves could be considered just average. The place is definitely not easy to find or reach, and there’s little of it in the news or Northwest hiking guides. But when you can finally see it, an exhilarating feeling grows quickly inside you, and that is because of the majestic 200-degree amphitheater that surrounds it.
The basaltic rock that forms the area has allowed the development of colorful moss and lichens, as you can see in the picture above.
These falls are located on a private property about 1.5 hours south of Portland, and the owners graciously allow visitors to follow a very primitive 2-mile road down a valley to the trailhead, only recommended for high-clearance vehicles. We’ve been here twice, Our Subaru Forester did fine the first time. On our second visit we opted to explore the road on foot.
Once you find the trailhead, the hike is only half a mile long, but it gets rough in a few spots. The goal is to follow the river upstream, and before you know it the canyon will be at your feet, as intimidating and magnificent as it can be.
The water on the lake is quite cold, even on a summer day.
The waterfallsnorthwest.com site has a great entry of these falls, with step-by-step directions.