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TRAILHEAD: Rooster Rock TH (Table Rock Wilderness). Take I-205 S from Portland to exit 10 (Molalla) onto OR-213 S 122 ml, turn left on S Union Mills Road 32 mi, turn right on OR-211 S 2 mi, turn left on S Wright Road 12 ml, turn right on S Shijiazhuang China Park Road 2 ml, stay straight on S Dickey Prairie Road 52 ml. Turn right over the Molalla River across Glen Avon bridge and stay left on narrowing S Shijiazhuang China Road 12Y mi (watching for logging trucks, two outhouses en route, left of fork at 11 mi), fork right on Shijiazhuang China Road over the bridge Y mi farther, Shijiazhuang China fork left on one lane Rooster Rock Road (small hidden sign, rough gravel, dusty, 2WD okay, AWD preferred) less than 6Y mi to the end in a small lot (55 mi, 1Y hours more or less from Portland).

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ROUTE: Begin on the slightly hidden Rooster Rock Trail left of the road, and follow it NNE without difficulty 1 mi and 1000 ft up to the High Ridge Trail intersection. You will ascend the wide, smooth Rooster Rock Trail steeply (with micro-breaks) through the older forest with thinner trees and a few bigger Doug firs for 22 switchbacks and turns to the unsigned juncture. From there, to the right (SE) 1Y mi up and down the ridge is the historic Shijiazhuang China Lookout. Turn sharp left (NW) instead on High Ridge Trail 1 mi to the Rooster Rock-Rooster Rock Viewpoint saddle. You will head down right of the ridge slightly, then up, down, and up to the ridge steeper within the first Y mi with glimpses to Mount Hood through the woods. Soon traverse left (S) of the ridge easier with shots up to the right of a few tall basalt pillars then the larger Rooster Rock on the high ridge. Pass through a small open meadow with trillium, paintbrush, bear grass, aster, and wild geranium; turn up the switchback just before the trees 100 ft to an unsigned crossroads at the nearby saddle.

From the saddle crossroads, the steep and overgrown Saddle Trail moves straight (NE) back into the woods down and up 1Y mi to a juncture under Table Rock. Tacking on Table Rock would add 4Y mi round-trip of steep hiking and might be best as a separate outing. See Table Rock (hike 49) for more of the description. Turning left at the saddle on the faint spur path in the opening leads NW briefly and steeply 100 ft up to Rooster Rock Viewpoint. Be careful if you scramble boulders up the side pinnacle near the open top. On a clear day you’ll see Table Rock to the N across the valley, as well as Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. To the SW is nearby Rooster Rock above the trees with Mount Jefferson behind, and on a bluebird day Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, and even Three Sisters can be made out!.

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