Molly Johnson | 05/17/2022 | Trails

Molalla River Recreation Area

Please Note: Day use is OPEN in the Molalla River Recreation Area up to the Table Rock Wilderness trailhead and 150 feet on either side of the Molalla River Road. All other areas remain closed due to the wildfires from 2020. Campsites have reopened as of May 13. Reserve campsites here

Distance: 6.5mi / 10.5km of trails
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 1,550ft / 470m

Home to more than 20 miles of trails, varying in degree of difficulty to suit any ability. You'll definitely want to check out the Molalla River Recreation Area since it's recently gone through a transformation, thanks in part to the Bureau of Land Management, with many new campsites, trails, swimming holes and day-use areas. Considering it was already a wonderful area to explore, it's really a no-brainer now. Plus, for those that like the Table Rock Wilderness Area, you can access it from here so you can really make a full day of it. 

One trail we recommend trying is the Molalla River Rim Trail Loop. You'll hike uphill through old-growth forest and get to see Annie's Cabin, an old homestead named after its last tenant, which is a marker that you've nearly completed the six and a half mile trek.  

Explore this if you like:

Old-growth trees

Bird watching

Secluded trails

Well shaded hike


Helpful Tips:

PLAN AHEAD - Hike early or on weekdays, don't hike alone, let someone know your plans, check the weather

PREPARE - Pack appropriately: sunscreen, light source, first aid kit, plenty of water, snacks/lunch and sunglasses

DRESS RIGHT - Bring lots of layers for the ever-changing Oregon weather, shoes with good tread (hiking boots), hat, rain gear (it is the PNW after all)

PACK IN/PACK OUT -  Dispose of waste properly, pack an extra bag for any waste and remember poop bags for your dogs

RESPECT - Plants and wildlife, stay on trail and let plants grow. Respect seasonal closures and give trails time to regrow 

"take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time" ― Aliyyah Eniath, The Yard

Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. 

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