Battleground Lake State Park Hike

Hike Distance: 7.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 206.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1393 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 27029 feet

I got out late as I had some chores to complete.  Battleground Lake just felt like the right place to go, but I was worried about the mud that is there in the winter rainy months.  It wasn’t crowded at the parking area, and I was fortunate to not see a single hiker the entire day!

I purchased a new camera and am now trying it out on the trail.  It’s the just released Olympus EM5 Mark III, and it’s a micro-four thirds camera, which is a small sensor.  I chose the camera because a small sensor camera also has small lenses, and this is a very light mirrorless camera, and is much easier to carry than my Panasonic G9.  So far, I’m very pleased with most of the results but need to get more familiar and proficient with it.  One nice thing about this camera is that it’s actually rated for being weatherproof, and they expect you to take it out in the rain. 🙂

I walked around the lake, and stopped to take many photos.  I then took a very contorted route that would be difficult to cover in detail.  I basically hiked the lake loop and outer park loop.  I also hiked on the rim trail, along with going down a few other trails.  You typically wouldn’t get 7 miles of hiking in this park, unless you covered most of the trails, which I did.

At the end of the hike I saw the incoming gate to the park swung closed, but not the exit side.  I’m not sure what the deal is but it was odd.  I also saw a truck from the fire department in the parking lot, but it didn’t look serious.  In addition, I saw that there was no park host for the camping area, which is also odd.  Oh well, changing times.

Molalla River Recreation Corridor Hike from Hardy Creek TH

Hike Distance: 8.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 157.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1402 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 19753 feet

We thought snow might keep us from the Molalla area but it wasn’t an issue.  We go out to the Molalla Recreation Corridor, in Oregon, many times a year.  It’s a lesser used trail system with a huge number of trails.  We parked at the Hardy Creek TH, which is also used by equestrians.

The parking lot was quite full, but that said, there were only about seven vehicles, of which two were pulling trailers for horses.  We started out ascending the trail and turned right once we reached the Huckleberry Trail.  We continued to hike until we reached the bridge over Hardy Creek.  Hardy creek was roaring with water and we stopped to take pictures and admire the beauty!

We then turned back and headed south on the Huckleberry Trail.  My son realized he didn’t have one of his water bottles, so we went back to the car and loaded that into his backpack.  We then went up the Rim Trail and continued the ascent for at least a mile.  Along the way it started to hail small pellets on us.  It was cold but not enough to snow.  We saw what looked like snow on the ground but it was really piles of hail pellets.

We didn’t ascend up the entire Rim Trail because at some point there would be an area that tends to be very muddy, and has a bigger stream crossing.  I wanted to avoid that so we headed back down to the Huckleberry Trail and turned right to head south.  The trail system was very muddy but it was easily negotiated.  We hiked south until we had to turnaround, due to fading sunlight.  Along the way we saw Annie’s Cabin

On our way back north on the Huckleberry Trail we bumped into the only people we saw all day.  There was a couple of women on horseback, with two dogs.  We also saw a women with a pair of nice Greyhounds.  We got back to our car by 5:15pm, and there was still some light.  It’s so nice to see sunset getting later each day. 🙂  A wonderful day and a highly recommended place to visit.