Molalla River Recreation Area Loop Hike

Hike Distance: 8.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 724/1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1456 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 87618 feet

My wife and I are very fond of the Molalla River Recreation Corridor.  So we decided to hike this beautiful area again.  We parked at the Hardy Creek Trailhead, which only had one vehicle parked there.  The trail ascended up and we took the first right and headed out to Hardy Creek and a bridge that spans across it.  We try to visit this creek as it’s very beautiful and a peaceful area.

Unfortunately, this first part of our hike could have been the end of this hike, as my left SI joint started getting severe stabbing pains on each step.  The pain was almost as bad as the original injury that sent me to the Orthopedists.  It’s almost as if the leg lifts I’ve been using had no beneficial effect.  I decided to continue the hike and thankfully the pain actually worked itself out.  I took an Aleve just to make sure I was doing everything to prevent another bout of this horrible pain.  I see the Orthopedist this Thursday and this will be the major topic of discussion!

We decided to complete a loop hike and see what happens.  There were several trails that could be used to cut the loop short, if my back pain returned, but it didn’t.  The loop hike consisted of the following trails:  Rim Trail, Red Vole Trail, Squirrel Creek Trail and then returning via the Huckleberry Trail.

Highlights of this large loop included seeing some blooming Irises, crossing a couple of streams and generally hiking through some nice forests!  We also came across some very large ant mounds, and it was a very busy place for those insects.  The last sight we came across was Annies cabin, and I always find it a bit haunting, just sitting next to some trees at the edge of an open field.

We only saw one couple, and their dog, the entire hike.  This place can get very crowded in the summer months, but it was practically empty today.  Some wonderful solitude in a beautiful area!