By Chelsea Lee, DES
Table Rock is an 8 mile out and back trail located near Molalla. It is rated as moderate, and does get pretty steep as you near the summit. It has beautiful wild flowers and on a clear day has amazing views. We wanted to watch the sunrise, so we started the hike around 3 a.m. with headlamps in order to be at the summit in time. Be prepared to cross a rock pile along the way! The views made it all worth it though, and I would hike this trail again!
Directions: From Portland, you can get there one of two ways, either from the west (Woodburn) or the north (Oregon City). From Oregon City, take exit 10 off I-205 south to Molalla on Highway 213 and turn left towards Estacada on Highway 211. Go a half mile and turn right onto S. Mathias Road. Go .3 mi and turn left on S. Feyrer Park Road. Go 1.6 mi and turn right onto S. Dickey Prairie Road. Take this road 5.3 miles to S. Molalla Forest Road (it's not marked well, but it is the bridge to the right that crosses the Molalla River). Take this road, nice and paved, for 12.3 miles to a point where the paved road forks right and a gravel road goes left. Guess what? You're taking the gravel road left (there is a sign here that identifies it as the way to the Table Rock Trail). From here, basically follow the signs 7 miles to the trailhead. There are two more forks in the road with signs to get you there. Park at the road's end at the trailhead. If you want to access this from the west, take the Woodburn exit off I-5 where the Woodburn Outlet Stores are and head east on Highway 211 to the junction in downtown Molalla with Highway 213 and follow the same directions from there.