Larch Mountain Trail is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bridal Veil, Oregon that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Quiet hike down the crater of an extinct volcano, through an old growth forest, with an ancient lake that has turned into a marsh, creeks, and wild flowers. The hike begins at the Larch Mountain Trailhead, at the northwest corner of the parking lot (southeast corner if you consider the entrance to the lot as "north"), through the picnic area of an unused campground. The trail on the northeast corner of the lot takes you up to Sharrod Point, which offers great views of the surrounding mountains (Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, etc.) on a clear day. It's a steep, but paved, walk (with stairs) to the view point and is a good warm up, as the air is thin up here and takes a bit to get used to. In the beginning, the trail (Larch Mountain Trail #441) takes you down the crater of the extinct volcano (re: downhill) with some areas steeper than others. Note: it was pretty muddy during our hike in mid-June, so wear water resistant boots. Mountain bikes are allowed along this portion of the trail, but it seemed to us that it would not be a fun bike ride for the rocks and tree roots on the trail. When you get to the old road, go straight across it to continue along the Larch Mountain Trail (note: we didn't see a sign here). Two miles further will bring you to a fork, stay right to go onto Multnomah Creek Way Trail #444 (sign posted). In 2/10 of a mile you will come to a log bridge over the marsh that was an ancient lake. Notice the flora that has filled the marsh. Cross it and go right to stay on trail #444 and follow the creek upstream. On our trip, we could see where the snow-melt water and heavy spring rain washed out the trail instead of going down the creek, that currently sits dry. However, it was fun to walk around the dry creek beds and look at the lava rocks and geological changes to the land from the swift waters. Finally, you will climb switchbacks up the canyon wall, which level out along a "railroad" grade, and then come to the junction with Oneonta Trail #424. Stay right. This trail will take you back out to the Larch Mountain Rd. highway after about mile. Turn right to go back uphill to the trailhead and parking lot in about 3/10 of a mile.
Hiked up from Multnomah and to Weisendanger Falls. It's an easy hike once you get up the mountain from the overlook. Make sure to bring plenty of water and layer up on dress code. Wear hiking or water shoes because you will be tempted to get into the water. Do it early in the morning to avoid heavy foot traffic (Visited 9-22-16)
great hike be sure to get there early in the morning
Did this in July with my buddy. Started wayyyyy too late as this was our first time over 4000' feet, and we also didn't take into account the length. It started to get dark on the way down and we literally had to follow the river after my friend led us awry (I also take responsibility as I was self medicating, heh) after 1.5 hours of following the river back we came to the final wooden bridge we passed on the way there, so just make sure you keep and eye out for the trail the whole time as a couple times (at least when I went) overgrown plants made the view of the trail very minimal. OTHERWISE. Approaching the top is a funny feeling, as you begin to see wooden beams inserted as steps in the trail. As I wondered how they hoisted them up there, you'll soon realize that there's a parking lot right near the top. The fenced off area at elevation 4052' is awesome, with a large landing with large markers labeling all of the large mountains around them by direction, and also listing elevation for each. Went on a cloudy day but still have a nice view from the top. Pretty mellow hike, but again us getting lost on the way back changed that!
Started at upper trail head so you bypass the 5 mile climb up from the Columbia and enjoy the trail above. Still very muddy in July. Not many inclines so doesn't feel like much of a workout. Just a 7.5 mile stroll. :)
Ok the hike is worth it but the crowds at Multnomah Falls and at the top are the only dissatisfaction I found other than that there's lots to see plenty of waterfalls and streams 4052 feet is the actual elevation the view from the top is pretty amazing you get to see Mount Saint Helens Mount Rainier Mount Adams Mount Hood Mount Jefferson in a 360-degree view at the top another downfall is there's a parking lot about a quarter mile from the top and people can just drive up there and park and get out and walk to The Summit like you just didn't bust your ass for the last seven miles
path was rocky with pretty good incline very quiet people wise with lots of water features
Decent hike. The almost 15 mile distance makes it a little difficult. The elevation gain almost disappears because of the total length. Once at the top of multnomah falls the crowd mostly vanishes (which was a big relief).