Abiqua Falls 2012 — photo 1 of 60: The unmarked (except for the post with "7-2E-33" on it) road which is the last segment of road to Abiqua Falls. To get to this junction, you first need to get to the village of Scotts Mills, which is a couple of miles southeast of Oregon Route 213 between Silverton and Molalla.

At the eastern end of Scotts Mills, you take Crooked Finger Road south and east for 10.8 miles — 9.4 miles of that is paved, after that it's gravel. At this point, you will be at the intersection pictured here, with the road to Abiqua Falls turning off to the right. So far, so good!

The first mile of the Abiqua Falls road is not too bad, but the next mile-and-a-half until the end of the road is quite rough, and you will probably want to be driving a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle. This 2.5 mile road is quite steep — from the Crooked Finger Road turnoff at the top, to the parking spot at the end of the road, it's a drop of just over 1,000 feet in elevation. Once you park, it's another 260-or-so-foot drop in elevation down a pretty steep footpath. But that's another part of the story! May 2012. Camera used: Sony Alpha α77 with Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article Abiqua Falls Photo Outing.
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