My sister and I went down to the Molalla River Recreation Corridor today to explore part of the trail network there. We also brought along my roommate’s dog, Besa. There appear to be miles and miles of trails down there, and we explored just a small part of the area.
There don’t seem to be any trail maps online, so for anyone who goes down in future, here are pictures of the maps at the trailhead.
We hiked north on Looney’s Trail, to Amanda’s Trail, then looped back on Mark’s Trail and Clifford’s Crossing Trail to return on Looney’s Trail. There’s also a whole network of trails south of the Hardy Creek trailhead that we didn’t see. It was pleasant walking, although we did get sprinkled on. The sun came out later, fortunately. There aren’t any sweeping vistas or waterfalls or anything, but it’s a good spot to get some exercise. We walked several miles over the course of a few hours. Never saw anybody else out there.
We walked through several of the areas that are part of the Annie’s Cabin Timber Sale. Lots of trees marked for thinning with blue paint. (More information on the timber sale here, here, and here.)
According to one of the maps in those documents, the actual Annie’s Cabin still exists, further south from where we were. We were going to go down there and check it out, but we ran out of time.
Afterwards, we took Besa down to the river so she could swim. A MUCH better swimming river than the filthy Willamette where she normally swims!
All in all, a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with off and on weather!