Jenn’s View: I loved it even though it rained and was wet, slick, muddy — I loved this area. It’s easy and relatively flat except in areas that I had to get great pictures but otherwise a great trail for kids and families of all ages. Just be super careful when you get to one of the falls. The ledge is quite high and slick. A dog had fallen off the ledge and died. Was on KATU news. 😦 You must go in SPRING to get the full waterfall effect. Otherwise, the waterfall display is minimal and not so grandeur! Like most waterfalls in Oregon.
- On I-5 take Salem exit 256 (Market St. / Hwy 213)
- Head east on Market St. (note HWY 213 sign)
- At the second light turn left on Lancaster (HWY 213 sign).
- After 1.3 miles turn right on Silverton Road.
- In another 10 miles (while in Silverton) you will reach a three-way
stop sign. Turn left to remain on HWY 213
- Turn left on 1st St.
- Turn right on Oak St. (HWY 213)
- In another 4.8 miles turn right onto Scott’s Mills Road NE
- In another 2.7 miles (while in Scott’s Mills) turn right onto Crooked Finger Rd.
(go past park for McKay Falls)
- After 9.2 miles Crooked Finger Road turns to gravel.
- Note your odometer or reset your trip odometer at this point.
- In 2.1 miles turn left onto road CF400 (but not marked as such)
- In one-tenth mile the road forks. Take the right fork.
- In another 1.8 miles there will be a rest area with parking on the left.
- Trail to the falls starts here.
You’ll see the trail head to the left of you. The trail is pretty easy but be careful of the slippery rocks and mud.
You can walk down this little path to get behind the waterfall. The water level was a little too high and it was quite muddy, so I stayed away from it. 🙂 I’m not dumb. Did discover a little grave site. Didn’t really see an actual grave, just the crosses.
For Spring in Oregon, it was still very cold. The jacket did get soaked but still kept me warm :). Start traveling down the trail and you will always hear the creek. Tons of water going through. I think Spring is a great time to go since the waterfalls are at their best display. Unfortunately, it is so wet and cold in Oregon that it deters me from actually going out and seeking them. But once I get the bug to go, I go!
There was one part of the trail that I really wanted to get a picture of but had to practically slide down this hill and hopefully not fall in. Pictures from my phone DOES NOT do it justice!
Me being a bit of a dare devil. The cliff is pretty high but heights really don’t scare me.
Unfortunately the higher I went, the more snow I saw until I got to the point that this rental car would not be able to go through. he he.
The END… 🙂
Go check out Santiam State Forest – Abiqua Falls blog dated October 23, 2011. It is less than a couple of miles from here and the Fall is amazing!