|Typical Oregon second-growth forest|
Low snow elevations and decent weather prompted a hike along the trails of the Molalla River corridor. This labyrinth of paths along the slopes above the upper reaches of the Molalla River rise from 800 feet up to 1,400 feet in elevation.
|Hardy Creek Bridge covered with maple leaves|
|Tarn near trail|
A good place to enter the area is from Hardy Creek Trailhead, where a large parking area awaits hikers. Fortunately, there are usually maps at the message board that can be taken and used in the forest to keep from getting discombobulated.
|Lush ferns are always nearby|
I would suggest taking a map printed from http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/files/brochures/Molalla_trails_web.pdf, in case no maps are available at the trailhead. The area is not that large, but intersections with roads and trails are frequent and can throw hikers off their game.
|Rushing Molalla River|