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Larch Mountain Crater Loop [CLOSED] is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bridal Veil, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,420 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Forest Views Closed
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Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. This peak with its rocky summit spire will provide you great views of Portland, Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge This loop hike will start off at the top of Larch Mountain at Sherrard Point just over 4,000 feet with fantastic views of 4 major Cascade Volcanoes! Sherrard Point is an easy walk from the parking lot at the top of Larch Mountain Road. This road is not open in the winter so plan accordingly. From here you will then take a loop hike around the crater of Larch Mountain down to Multnomah Creek and up to its headwaters which ultimately feed the famous Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge. Then you will traverse across the bottom of the crater to the Oneonta Trail which will bring you back to the parking lot.

The highway is located off the Gorge Scenic Highway about 0.8 miles southwest of Crown Point near milepost 10.6. It is a paved road to the summit. It is open late May until the snow begins to fall. There is no fee to park at the top.

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Kali Cooper
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Road is closed about 4 miles from the trailhead! I'm sure it's because of the wildfires, but just FYI, today it is closed.

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Jason Davis
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If you lost something of value on the Larch Mtn trail loop let me know. It would have been lost Sunday the 6 early afternoon. spcjasondavis@yahoo.com

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Josh Califf
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The trail itself is in excellent condition, great for running and if you go early it's not too busy. I recommend going when it's clear, otherwise you get no view.

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Melinda M
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Great view of 5 mountains from Sherrard Pt. Nice forested mountain trail. Last bit of the loop was along a road.

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Norbert Teston
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Very nice trail. Well maintained. Got here around 8:30 on Saturday and parking was empty. Recommend it for a good 3 hours loop. Make sure to go up to the view of the mountain range before leaving!

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Jordan Howe
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Sarah Waderich
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Hiked today with my husband. Arrived at the parking lot around 9:30 with only about other 5 cars, trail was empty most of the time so great for social distancing! Everyone wearing masks when passing each other. Inclines are steady but very rocky at times or with a lot of tree roots but manageable. Don't skip the look-out point! We went up at the end of the loop and the ~120 stairs were rough but the views were spectacular.

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Rebecca Shanks
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Good for trail running! If you do it early like I did you may end up cleaning out all the spider webs along the trail for future hikers

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Lisa S
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Great walk in the woods, but thats really all it is, a walk in the woods. Still reco tho!

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Eric Townsley
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Trail access is open again. Slept overnight in my car safely. Woke up at 515 to see sunrise at the point. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend! The clouds were below the point so all five peaks were visible. The trail took me about 3 hours. Path is mostly smooth with only some rock hopping at the bottom. Inclines are gradual so overall an easy/moderate hike even at its length. No real views other than the point but the forest is haunting and beautiful.

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Tracey Kearns
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Nice and shady

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Lisa Helm
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The road was open today. My family and I had a fun hike on the loop!

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Krestik Sunny
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The place is beautiful but as of 6/6/20 still CLOSED

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Jason Davis
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Steer clear, the gate is closed. There are signs saying trail is closed. The road is accessible 3.5 miles up. Then the snow gets up passed the ankles. Snow shoes are recommended.

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Gina Ouellette
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Valerie Klacik
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We started at the lower trailhead and did the loop clockwise. AllTrails recorded us at 8.1 miles...good bit longer than stated. We stayed on the trail and didn’t go to viewpoint because the fog was so dense. Trail was all in trees. Some distances were rocky/rooted. Long gradual climb done that direction. Trail not always marked so know where you are going. Took 4 hours, including a lunch stop. Great work out...wish we would have had a view!

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Melissa Sparks
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Tom K
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1. No views at all and the creeks are dried up. This is just a walk through the forest. 2. The elevation is the opposite of how you'd want it - the trail goes straight down in the beginning and ends with a climb back up. 3. We heard gunshots (100+ in total) for the second half of the loop. They were very close by, it sounded like someone was doing target practice right off the side of Larch Mtn Road. It freaked our dog out and made for an anxious hike.

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Charyl Beard
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Nice relaxing trail. No views on the actual trail, only at viewpoint. Oh and there is a Bathroom at the Trailhead!

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Amy Bueno
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Trail was a big washed out in areas but it was a great moderate level hike. The trail was very rocky and was a little hard to navigate. The first three were almost all downhill, and the uphill at the end was strenuous. Gorgeous views!

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Amber Busse
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Great day! Chilly, clear, beautiful. Trail is in nice condition and quiet.

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Hannah Santiago
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Hiked on the most beautiful October day! Trail was pretty washed out but still manageable. Road walk at the end wasn't too bad. Sherrard point on a clear day was magical!

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Robert Meyer
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Maybe a "moderate" trail in July, but on a cold wet day in October, that was one brutal trail to hike. The washouts were epic to the point the trail was literally a flowing stream in about two dozen locations. Stream crossings (the actual creeks, not the trail itself) were an adventure as well with slippery logs and standing broad jumps. Regardless, we had great fun in the snow, rain, and hail, and achieved something impressive over 50!

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Nico Smith
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We had a blast! Finished the hike in 2:45, going clockwise. Next time we’ll park at the exit and go counter clockwise. We’d rather walk down the side of a road for the final section, rather than up. Plenty of pine needles on the ground to offer cushioning on the trail. In several areas the trail became streams, but they were easy to navigate. Absolutely beautiful trail. We expected fae to jump out from the fog at any moment.

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Mandie Stein
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Great hike! We went clockwise. We went on a clear sunny day and there were a few super muddy spots that we could easily step around but I could see that being something harder to avoid in the rain. TONS of beautiful mushrooms! Lots of amazing moss and lichen. The trees have just begun to change colors making a stunning halo of yellow leaves around some parts of the trail. Overall an amazing wander through the woods. Only downside was that the trail ends on the side of the road and then requires a 0.2 mile trek up to the parking lot. I didn't love this aspect of it but it's not really a big deal. Could be more of an issue if you got to the end of it in the dark because you're walking on the edge of the road without a real footpath.

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