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Hiked the trail on Sunday 1/13/19. It was chilly but not too cold with a blue sky. Recommend using trekking poles and shoes with good grip. Take snacks and water too. It’s definitely a hard hike up but even kids were doing it with their parents. Pace is key. Worth the view.

hiking
2 days ago

The trail is in great condition right now, and the warm winter means no snow (just a little frost at the summit.) Lots of people had the same idea, and met a lot of nice people on my descent.

The weather tracker as part of Alltrails is spot-on accurate. Make this hike while the weather is good.

Great views. Do not go counter clockwise.

Great hike, beautiful views up Elk mtn. However, my gps recorded the loop distance at 8.12 miles, NOT 7. I thought that was an important correction to make!

Completed 1.4.19. Wayyyy too many tourists at the falls for my liking. On a nice day, I assume they’re at the top too since you can drive there. The hike itself is a grind, but good if you want hours of solitude. I didn’t see anyone for several miles at a time once I got a mile or two in. Zero exposure, so you don’t have a sense of your elevation until the very end. Heavy fire damage throughout, which was heartbreaking, and zero visibility at the top due to weather, although I knew that going in. Significant snow the last 2+ miles. Yaktrax helped. Take food if you’re going out and back. It’s a long hike! A good move I think would be to do it as an end to end, go early morning on a clear day from the falls before the tourists arrive and have someone pick you up at the end.

I'm so sad that this trail is closed. I had some really amazing memories there.

Love this loop. I’ve hiked it many times. I good moderately challenging hike. The views are spectacular.

completed on 12/31
This trail is closer to 14.0mi out&back. It features all 4 seasons, starts off at Multnomah Falls with some sunshine and some breeze, next part of trail is all about slushy ground and many creeks running through (in several areas, I had to utilize my minimal knowledge of rock climbing and tree grabbing to get myself across the running water without getting completely wet). Later, for about 1.5mi, the ground/rocks/fallen trees/log bridges were frosted over with fresh layer of slippery ice. And for the remainder of ascending up, trail was covered with up-to 3 inches of snow.
I was hoping to trail run parts of this trail, but didn't feel safe for most of the trail. I would totally recommend to any adventurers out there! It is a beautiful hike with amazing views❤

Very difficult hike indeed with a steep terrain (great for cardio and calf work). There are some spots with views along the way to catch your breath. Took me about 1h30 to get to the top. I hiked in the rain and fog so no idea how the views look like on top (going with clear sky definitively recommended...). Enjoy!

Beautiful day hike!

trail running
11 days ago

Alltrails has the wrong explanation of this trail. This is actually the Larch Mountain Trail of Oregon (Washington State has their own Larch Mt. trail) and it is not an Ainsworth Park trail. It’s west of that park. You can either begin at Multnomah Falls, going uphill first or 7 miles following Multnomah Creek or you can start at the top and go downhill first for 7 miles. Either way, if you’re doing an out and back, you’re going to be going uphill for 7 miles. If you do it as an out and back, I recommend starting at Multnomah Falls, so you can go downhill on the second half. Actually, this would be a great two car hike if you just want to start at the top and go downhill to Multnomah Falls. This way, you won’t have to worry about going back uphill. You can drive back up on Larch Mountain Road. But, you will have to do this during summer or early fall as Larch Mt. usually has snow and the road to the parking lot closes for the season. If you want a short hike, I would recommend you hike a mile up past Multnomah Falls as there a few falls that are worth checking out. But if you want a good workout do the whole thing. There are areas still damaged from the forest fire from 2017, so it can be an interesting hike with a PNW clear and clean creek (which is more like a river) travelling heartily towards the main falls. Although, I ran this trail, it’s not the best trail runners’ trail unless you have very good stamina and are willing to run through snow near the summit.

hiking
12 days ago

Kicked my butt, but it was an amazing hike with wonderful views. Did it New Years Day, parking wasn’t full even at 10am. Saw a decent number of people. We brought our 75lb Shepherd/golden mix and highly recommend booties for any dogs on the mountain, especially near the top. We put his boots on around 1.75mi up the mountain when the chain link became prevalent on the ground. Bring lots of snacks, the elevation is harder than it seems! Be careful of ice covering the path near the top. Would love to go back again.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked 12/27/18. Mileage is closer to 13.5 - 14 miles RT. Most recordings will corroborate this.

A little dicey coming off the summit. I can’t imagine going counter clockwise, waaay too steep. Overall a gorgeous hike and it’s nice to end with an easy walk down by the water.

Went ccw was so happy I did, walking sticks required and well supplied by nature. First part will kick your out of shape butt, if you can push trough cardio into a runners high, be prepared to use your hands, and go down steep rocks butt first. After the peak expect your heart to break as it is just enough, up and down. After half way it smooths into a atv sized trail, all down hill, save your joints and use some walking sticks found along side the trail.

hiked this in July 2018. get to the trail Head before 9am or you don't get a parking spot on summer weekends. the hike is doable for most. gorgeous views but really crowded on the weekends.

Did this hike yesterday. Great views and a solid workout. Conditions when I went were good - no snow and dry trails.

Amazing! Such a spiritual experience!!!

My favorite Oregon hike to date, and I’ve been hiking here about 15 years.

I did this hike in October, and it’s probably my new favorite. It’s not too strenuous, but I’m also very active and do a lot of hiking with elevation gains, so it may be more difficult for people not as used to a lot of steep elevation gain. There are markers tied to the trees along the trail that indicate which way to go, which is handy because there are a few off-shoot trails and shortcuts that branch off and can make it confusing. Went in POURING rain and it was pretty slippery, but I had trekking poles so it wasn’t too hard to deal with. The viewpoint towards the top is really cool, but the view from the actual summit is the one you really got to push for! Definitely recommend it, can’t wait to do it again. Highly recommend sturdy shoes and trekking poles or a walking stick.

trail running
27 days ago

Crossing the crooked river, took a right headed east. Trail maintenance crews out. Doing a great job. About 75 minute 7 mile loop was great. Other than the climbers yelling, not just “climbing...climb on!” Just yelling acting like hoodlums. Oh well, in the 90’s it seemed like climbers were a more civilized granola crunching bunch, usually quiet other than the occasional climbing phrase. A lot of people out enjoying the hike. Did not see one piece of trash, that was great!!!

Hiked this in early December, it was beautiful and my first time up! Definitely bring lots of clothing layers and good hiking shoes, it was very slick and icy in some spots.

Best mountain in Oregon that I’ve been on.

Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.

Great hike, challenging! Did up and back in just under 3 hours. Some reviews mention rock slides, I felt that it was rocky at points but not necessarily a rock slide. Good boots are a must! Trekking poles are not necessary. Snow at the top in December!

Hiked this today in the later afternoon. It was lightly snowing at the top which made for a cool experience. I didn’t get to see the epic views due to the clouds/snowing but as I hiked back down it cleared out for a beautiful sunset and you could see the ocean.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and challenging hike. This trail is rocky, root filled, and narrow. the density of the forest was great. I started early in the morning and did not see any other hikers for hours. Great views from the top with an iconic notebook at the top. take a good lunch and give yourself some time to read through that notebook for a funny read.

Here is my video from my hike - https://youtu.be/jiPpPWa9lAk

Travelers info:
Forest Pass: NO
Parking Fee: NO
Drive from Portland: 1.5 hours

Enjoy the trails!

Hiked in May, loads of wildflowers and beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a challenging but great trail. Steep and heart pumping, on a clear day the view is beautiful! It’s great in that there are people on the trail but it’s by no means crowded. There’s a bathroom at the start and a good picnic spot at the top.

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