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Abiqua Falls

A hidden gem of Oregon is especially beautiful in winter

Abiqua Falls is undoubtedly one of Oregon's most scenic waterfalls. A 28-meter (92-foot) waterfall is not particularly tall, but the rocks create a perfect amphitheater that makes a great shot for your Instagram. Basalt walls are covered with lichens, ferns, and mosses that make it especially picturesque. To see the waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, visit it from April to October. This is also the safest time to take Abiqua Falls trail. However, if you don't mind to walk on snow and ice, it's definitely worth a visit during coldest months when frozen water turns it into a fairy-tale site.

If you are getting to the Abiqua Falls from Portland, it's about 50 miles away, some 1.5-hour drive. Abiqua Falls is located on the private land of the Mount Angel Abbey near Scotts Mills, Oregon. It's rather tricky to find since the trails that lead to the waterfall are not marked. Visitors have to walk back on the road from the parking lot in the same direction where they came from. Then, you'll see a trail going down past the trees.

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The trail is rather steep. In 0,3 km (0,2 miles) you'll see the creek. From there, go upstream for another 0,3 km (0,2 mi) until you see the huge basalt bowl of the Abiqua Falls pool. Some people even jump from the top of the waterfall to the pool. The whole trail is about 8 km (5.3 mi) both ways. Elevation gain is 425 m (1,397 feet).