Abiqua Creek, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV+ (for normal flows)|
|BUTTE CREEK AT MONITOR, OR|
|usgs-14201500||200 - 500 cfs||III-IV+||00h26m||98.4 cfs (too low)|
Read a trip report of the full section at Into The Outside.
The upper stretch has only been run around 200 cfs on the Butte Creek gauge, this was acceptable for exploration, but more water is recommended for a return trip. To add this stretch 400-500 cfs is recommended, any higher and the Cattle Ramp portage may become an issue (also untested).
People have been running the half mile section above Abiqua Falls in recent years. This provides a short section with two waterfalls, about 10 (Momma Duke's) and 20 feet high (Peony Falls) followed by a class III(IV+) bedrock section. The two waterfalls are forgiving and fun. They can be lapped.
Care must be taken above Cattle Ramp, it would be easy to go an eddy too far and be committed to this narrow chute that sometimes has wood issues. With some recent movement of wood, there is a small last chance eddy just before the point of no return. However, the normal manuever is to have one person go first and grab onto the bank and hop onto shore in the moving flat water as soon as possible above Cattle Ramp. That person can then catch the rest of the team. Check the photo page for land markers. The portage is along the left bank, the longer you stay on the bedrock, the more devils club you will avoid.
At the recommended flows it is not an issue getting out on the right above Abiqua Falls, but that may change if flows are high. Get out on the right and take the trail up to a short cliff band. There is typically a fixed rope here to help pull boats up with. From the top of the cliff band it is a short hike out along a trail to the road.
The 95' Abiqua Falls at the take out has been run a few times. The only injury free descents of this drop have occurred when the gauge read over 1,000 cfs.
Trip report of the short waterfall section.
High clearance is recommended, but not essential.
To get to the take out from Scotts Mills. Drive south on Crooked Finger road (it turns to gravel at mile 9.4) 10.8 miles to a spur rd on the right. Take that spur rd and travel .9 miles (always staying straight and on the main track) before veering left away from the OHV track. Continue down this road (the first 1/4 mile is a bit rough) 1.4 miles past the OHV area to the take out, passing the put in at mile 0.8. The parking areas used for the put in and take out for the falls section are marked with red squares on adjacent trees.
To get to the put in for the Mother's Day gorge and the two waterfalls, return back up the road 0.6 miles to a pull out (look for the red square on a tree, the creek should also be visible from here). There will be a decommissioned road heading off upstream that you follow for 100 yards, where a trail then takes off to the right and down to the put in.
To get to the upper put in, return to Crooked Finger Rd and turn right. Continue upstream 3.3 miles (passing by the spur at 3.1 miles) to another spur that is just past a large gravel area on the right. Turn right and follow this road down to the creek, staying/turning left at every opportunity. The parking area is just past a large boulder that has been placed on a stump. From here there is a very short trail at the end of the road that leads down to the stream.