Molalla River Corridor - TRAIL

Molalla River Corridor - Trail, Mollalla, Oregon

Lots of up hill on road,trails are just KILLER! All skill levels,trails marked for skill.This is the best ride in Portland/Salem area.

User Reviews (25)

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K Pawley   Weekend Warrior [Sep 24, 2012]

Rode in late September. The trails were in great condition, with a little loose stuff on the steep sections. I saw a few groups of horseback riders, but they were polite and friendly. I made sure to get off my bike and let them pass and there were no issues. I rode the rim trail to fern ridge to deer skull. Awesome, tight twisty singletrack with some great technical sections. I had to walk a few, but seriously, they're gnarly...

Customer Service

Huckleberry to rim. Head down any of the spurs that look interesting. There are maps at the trailhead and the trails are well marked with both name and difficulty level.

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4
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3
dirtdude   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2012]

Checked out the trails on July 30 2012... There is much equestrian use and related damage. they are not staying on switch backs, they are trampling off trail, and their hoofs are sinking in to the trail tread up to 4 inches in some places. much much horse poop, horse flies are big and aggressive. Do not ride alone, horse back riders in the area are agressive!

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1
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3
stultorum   Weekend Warrior [Sep 22, 2010]

Information you want:
Point your GPS here and drive: Hardy Creek Trail Head (45.039711,-122.489222)
Decent map, though missing Fern Ridge trail for some reason: http://www.mthoodterritory.com/packets/ride_11.pdf

Pros(many):
Trail layout - Quality markers at each entry point telling you name and difficulty. There are also a handful of quality, wood-built trail signs with maps. You'll stumble on your first in the Hardy Creek parking lot, the 2nd up the first climb where you decide "am I going north or south" and then at least one more that I remember towards the south end of the south side trails.
Terrain - Trails are generally well maintained and some sections are near mtb perfection (Macbeth loop is a definite stand out and only suffers from its diminutive length). There is a good amount of solid single track, with technical sections of rock, root, and switchback salt & peppered throughout.
Traffic - When I went (Sep 2010) there was no one but me and my buddy... no hikers, no horses.
Flats - None.
Lost - Never.
Cost - None (thank you BLM)
Elevation - Not a big deal... maybe 1000 feet if you exhausted the trail system.

Cons(2):
Horse pooh - Yes. But it's NOT THAT BAD! Seriously. Don't sleep on this place like I did b/c what all these other riders are saying. If it's that bad for you, go back to your angry trail runners and uninteresting miles of service roads (read: Forest Park).
Horse designed trails - Specifically the south side of Rim Trail is going to be hike-a-bike for all but the elite rider.

Tool for the job:
A bike that's under 30 pounds with 5-6 inches of travel. See also: Giant Reign or SC Nomad.

Customer Service

Park at Hardy Creek Trail Head
Do Northside...
Looney > Amanda > Clifford > Marks > Amanda > Macbeth > Amanda > Leapfrog > Amanda
.. to Southside...
Rim > Bear Loop > Rim Tie > Fern Ridge > Deer Skull

Similar Products Used: Similar to Hagg Lake in terms of distance (~15 miles ) elevation changes (~1000 FT) but less people, more technical, and better trail marking.
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4
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3
Bong_Crosby   Weekend Warrior [Jul 07, 2009]

We almost didn't ride with this trail system because of the recent bad reviews. We decided to disregard them and were glad we did. It was a fun day in the woods and I didn't see that many horses or their poop. They definitely did not pulverize or damage the trail that I could see. There were boggy sections but they would have been a mess whether horses were there or not.

Easy climbs on old roads and fun single track winding through a thick forest of trees. Plenty of shade most of the time. The trail ratings are pretty accurate from easiest, more difficult to most difficult. The easiest didn't throw anything unexpected at the more novice riders in the group and the more difficult caused some to jump off and walk around obstacles. The trail system is pretty small so a yo-yo approach worked best.

All in all this trail system isn't that great but considering the paucity of MTB single track in Portland and surrounding areas, you take what you can get.

Customer Service

Fern Ridge and Rim Trail

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4
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3
fluidmotion   Weekend Warrior [Jun 27, 2009]

Dont bother with this trail. The horse riders have ruined any possibility of enjoying these trails. Its been dry out lately, but there where still muddy spots and the horse riders dont care. They create impassible sections all over. And dont even get me started on the crap that was everywhere. On top of that this trail had very poor flow. It seamed like I was constantly climbing and had no decent downhill sections. I'm all for earning my turns, but I didnt feel like I was being rewarded for my efforts here. My flow was interrupted by horse prints, horse crap, and blind corners hiding another steep uphill. I dont understand all the positive reviews??? There are several better rides in portland, and none of them involve driving through Molalla. I wouldnt be so harsh on this trail if it was closer to portland, not worth the time to get there. If you enjoy lots of technical uphill with very short and easy downhill then this is the place for you.

Customer Service

The route that takes you somewhere else.

Similar Products Used: Browns camp, Mac Forest, Hood River, Bend.
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2
VALUE
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4
sean.designs.bikes   Weekend Warrior [May 29, 2009]

This could have been a one time thing, as most of the other reviews posted are very positive, but I had a HORRIBLE experience riding here. The primary source of my trouble are horses. I can't believe that people, with the use of these half ton animals, are allowed to DESTROY the trails in the manner that I witnessed. All of the trails that showed promise a challenge and some fun (such as 'Deer's Skull' and 'Fern') had been decimated. The hooves of the horses had clearly dug deep (2-4 inches of top soil) into any section of trail that had more than a mild incline. There were sections of single-track left intact and I could tell there was was some good trail lines there, but as soon as I started to get into the groove of riding, I would hit a patch of loose mud that would slow me down to less than a walking pace. On top of the trail destruction, there was the Horse S#*t! Big, fresh piles of the stuff filling the whole width of the trail. I did not think that I was against shared trails and have enjoyed the use of them in the past, but the horse riders at this location have been irresponsibly riding on trails that can not support their chosen beast of burden.

Customer Service

grrr, horses, pooo.... maybe when things dry out I will give this location another chance and get to see what they are really about.

Similar Products Used: I just went to the "whoops" trail near Bend a couple of weeks ago. I may still be spoiled on that trail and the trails around it, which are definitely some of the most fun trails that I have ridden.
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2
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3
glogaub   Cross Country Rider [Aug 21, 2008]

This network of trails is very fun. There are a lot of options and none of the trails are ever very long. Everything is well maintained and well marked. There is everything from technical rocky sections with creek crossings to smooth and fast.
You need to ride here when it is has been dry for a couple days. Early season is muddy with horse tracks and rain makes some of steep climbs tough.

Customer Service

Just get a map and do as many trails as you can. They are all different and loop together. Don't forget the north sections of trails too. There are some fun ones over there.

Similar Products Used: Silver Falls State Park
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4
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3
willymcd   Cross Country Rider [Aug 07, 2007]

If you are thinking about checking this trail out do it now! unfortunately the burro of land management sold the logging rights for measly $1.9 million. It was sad seeing all the logging tape and spray paint on all the pretty trees. I just got on this trail system yesterday, and it was fun.

Customer Service

I started off on the hardy creek trail head and went north on huckleberry to red vole road then up wildcat road, which was a gnarly climb, steep bumpy and loos rocks! at the top of there is the rim trail which is nasty, not a fun trail at least the part i road, it is over grown and some tricky terrain. but then you hit bear woods loop which is a very nice and fun trail, good single track. next time i go i want to do deer skull trail, the entrance to it looked awfully nice!
There seems to be some good single track and very good climbs!
just go wherever and i am sure you will have fun!

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5
VALUE
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4
Phil   Weekend Warrior [Jul 05, 2007]

if you love to ride up on a very rough trail with many big rocks and lots of horse poo then this trail is for you. it stars off with a steep incline and dosn't get any better. we turned around after 1 mile up the hill. but it was a lot of fun to come down (if you could avoid the poo)

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2
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1
Grinder   Cross Country Rider [Jun 25, 2007]

This is one of the best kept secret in the Portland area...if you like no crowds and the trails to yourself. You will run into horses if you ride during the late morning and afternoon. They have a little of everything...great climbs, switch backs, roots and trees, smooth and silky, and fun down hills (Squirrels and Marks trail). This is my weekly training ride.

The primary downside is this is a Seasonal trail only (May-Oct). The horses cause a LOT of early season damage to the trails...especially after it rains. But once the rains subside this is a killer trail system.

Customer Service

I first do all the North end trails, then down past Hardy Creek to the South trails, loop through all those, then back to the North Trails, and finish it off with a killer downhill on Marks trail to the road. Depending on how you do it you'll get 10-16 miles and 1700-3000' of elevation climbing.

Similar Products Used: Powell Butte, Scappose, Larch Mtn
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5
VALUE
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4
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