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Trout Creek Camp - a Rustic Get-away in the Williamette Valley

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Trout Creek Camp is a family-owned property of over 200 forested acres located in the foothills of the Willamette Valley, about a one-hour drive from Portland.

Your rustic cabin is located directly on the confluence of rushing Trout Creek and the sparking Molalla River, a tributary of the majestic Columbia.

The cabin has panoramic views of the clean, clear river, teeming with salmon and trout. Birds abound. You may frequently see river otters or beavers building their homes. Old-growth and second-growth fir, pine and cedar trees surround you.

Over 100 years old, the cabin has a large master bedroom, living room, large kitchen/dining room, a sleeping loft and large bathroom. A broad sitting porch looks over scenic Trout Creek, perfect for reading, writing or relaxing. The cabin easily sleeps four.

The soothing sounds of the river and creek will wash away your everyday cares. Plunge into the crystal clear water to swim in the natural pools, or hike up the river to the rapids and waterfalls.

Enjoy rhododendron blooming in the spring or pick blackberries in the summer. Try your luck fishing for the salmon lazily circling in the river (license required). Hike the trails on the property or through the adjacent conservation lands.

This rustic retreat is ideal for nature lovers, writers, hikers, fishermen and contemplative types.

If you require all the modern conveniences, this beautiful property may not be the best fit for you. Cell phone service is spotty. But there are two wood-burning stoves, refrigerator, hot-plate, microwave, washer and dryer, a landline phone and internet access.

Welcome the evening sitting beside a fire in one of two outdoor fire pits, one with the creek view and one with the river view.

More Details

Bill Rowan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2018

About Bill Rowan

This rustic retreat is a place to sit and read on the porch overlooking Trout Creek all day long. You can fish for the salmon that swim in lazy circles in the deep cool water of the Molalla River. You can take long walks around the property and the adjacent conservation areas. As a day comes to a close, you can watch the stars from around the campfire, or snuggle up inside near the wood burning stove.

Bill Rowan purchased this cabin in 1910

Why Bill Rowan chose Molalla

This property has been in our family for generations. My feisty grandmother resisted many efforts by logging concerns to buy the lumber rights, or to build logging roads through the property. As a result, it is now a rare example of virgin first and second growth forest. The home is extremely private. Except for the caretaker who lives on site, the closest neighbor is over a mile away. It is rustic, comfortable, and truly away from it all.

What makes this cabin unique

Trout Creek Camp is not fancy and not modern. But if you, like us, appreciate simplicity, and enjoy nature in all its wonder, your needs and expectations will be more than met.


Molalla Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Very Rustic yet Charming

  • 4 of 5

The location is amazing! quite and peaceful with the sound of nature and river. The cabin was nicer than what we imagined it would be. It is very old but it was clean.

We enjoyed our stay and had lots of fun celebrating the Christmas and hiked on the Christmas day. We will definitely come back in the summer to enjoy the nature a bit more.

We brought our own towels and blankets and it was good that we did. The blankets over there was not enough. It was getting a bit chilly near morning and it was good that we went there prepared. The fireplace seemed to warm up the upstairs bedroom but not the bedroom on the first floor. Even though the room has a heater, is not enough. So, it would be good if you take some blankets and warm clothes with you. The towels there were very old and torn.

Overall , it was a great place to be with friends and family :)

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Totally absolutely worth it

  • 4 of 5

The description that you read assess exactly as we found it. Two good friends and I stayed, enjoyed the heck out of it. There’s a small house on the same property but really never noticed anyone. The care taker Zeph was fantastic, helped us twice on two different occasions with advice and options. Will definitely be back


  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing, rustic getaway

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was very clean and well stocked. There were more people with access to the property than we expected due to the other cabins and campsites in immediate area but all of our interactions were very friendly and the caretaker on the property was helpful. While there are no marked trails immediately off of the property, the swimming hole and streams were a great place to explore.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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swimming paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the rustic cabin. The cabin overlooks a beautiful swimming hole that a babbling creek feeds into. They even had a float for us to use. Cooked out by the fire every night. Would highly recommend. We visited Silver Falls 1 hour away one of the days and was the perfect location.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a diamond in the rough!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is cozy and charmingly quirky. Rustic is an apt description, but we found it to be perfectly comfortable and with just the right amount of cenveniences. Out of cell range and with no shortage of beautiful scenery, it's a perfect and restorative get away from the city. The manager, Ian, and groundskeeper, Zeph, were super friendly and accommodating, and very responsive to all my questions prior to arrival. Even though the groundskeeper house is right next door (like you share a driveway), they're very respectful of your privacy -- we never felt imposed upon or watched over. And you can't beat the hot tub!! If you're looking for something that's a bit rugged, but a few notches up from camping, this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best 'remote getaway' spot we've ever been to!

  • 5 of 5

Arrival was easy, we were welcomed in an extremely friendly manner by Ian, he even gave us a tour of the place. And what a place they have there! It was bigger than we expected, the photos don't do it justice, although with one bathroom it might feel cramped with 5/6 guests. That's not to say however, that it won't sleep 5/6 guests, the loft can sleep 3 comfortably with 2 in the master and then maybe another on the couch at a push, if you don't mind sharing the bathroom it would happily serve as a family getaway.

With it just being the two of us though it was more than comfortable! The master leads out to a little porch covering (perfect to keep fishing gear) and then down to the hot tub (which can get really hot!!!)

We fished the river sadly with no luck, but that didn't detract from the views, the location is phenomenal, right on a fork where a rushing creek flows into the river, if it were warmer you could happily swim in the river where it pools mostly, just down behind the cabin. To the side the creek more resembles rapids, although again there's a very slight pool you could dip your feet into. Again, scenically, it can't be beaten, the fire pit is a bonus and while there is an outdoor grill, the caretaker (Zef) brought us the charcoal BBQ to use for our stay, the large overhang was great as it rained a little but we could still sip drinks and relax outside, with all the trees surrounding it's quite insulated from the wind so even in colder weather it just feels 'crisp' outside and you don't really get cold.

Service was amazing, we weren't interrupted at all by Zef and Jess (who were fantastic hosts) and enjoyed an amazing short getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. No TV was welcomed, books by the wood stove fire place make you appreciate your surroundings, evenings with no signal (so no phones going off) were blissful.

There is wifi however so if you choose to check email/check news or stream some tv to a tablet then you can.

I almost don't want to give it as good a review as we are certain to book this again and I don't want competition for bookings.

To sum it up, if you want a fast paced vacation, go to vegas, but if you want the beauty of nature, serenity and seclusion or just top quality time with family without the tv and social media then this is the place to get it!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
The Tap Room, The Spot, White Horse Saloon,
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Arrowhead Golf Club
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mt Hood Ski Bowl, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Car: necessary

The closest town, Mollala, is eight miles away by a newly paved road, for those times when you want groceries, a hearty lumberjack breakfast, excellent Mexican food, or to start a day of antiquing and exploring. Wonderful wineries, hiking trails, hot springs, and Mount Hood are within easy driving distance for day trips.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Firewood $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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