Molalla River Recreation Area Hike

Hike Distance: 8.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1648.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1372 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 216884 feet

So we headed for a favorite hike that was a bit farther away then usual as my wife is now able to drive! 🙂  Our intention for today was to hike south on the Huckleberry Trail until we intersected the Wetland Trail.  We never completed the Wetland Trail and today was the perfect opportunity!

It was a mostly cloudy day and a bit warmer than expected.  We parked at an access point on the S. Molalla Forest Road.  When we reached the Huckleberry Trail we turned left and headed south.  The Huckleberry Trail is a wide forest road that traverses much of the Molalla Recreation Area.  It is mostly level but does add a bit of elevation gain and loss along the way.

After about 3.25 miles we turned onto the Wetland Trail.  It’s quite a beautiful forested trail and was full of dropped leaves.  Along this trail we found two other trails to roam on.  One of the trails had no signage but the other was the Cascadia Trail.  We couldn’t complete the un-named trail due to a fallen tree across it.  The Cascadia Trail led to a water feature that had very little water flowing, but will be nice after more rain falls.

We ended our hike just past the Aquila Vista Scientific Environment Education and Research Area.  The research area has a nice gazebo and bathroom there.  It is also accessible by car but we’ve never driven there.  This area is basically at the southern terminus of the Molalla Recreation Area.

Just a perfect hike in a beautiful area.  I highly recommend visiting, if you can, as this corridor is hardly used by anyone, except for fishing. 🙂