Larch Mountain Crater Loop

MODERATE 23 reviews

Larch Mountain Crater Loop is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1496 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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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.

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1 month ago

I was glad to have the map open as there were spots where the trail was more overgrown than I expected and I came across a few hikers who were convinced they were lost and turned back adding a few miles to their trip. I wore a tank top and was a little chilly during parts. We did sherrard point at the end, that shouldn't be missed but we may have enjoyed it more going there first.

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2 months ago

Not a huge fan of the fact that you start at the top and then go downhill first. Ending the hike with the uphill trek wasn't as rewarding - solid hike though with no real views. Top of Sheppards Point (short side hike from Parking Lot) gave incredible views

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice moderate hike with plenty of shade on a sunny day. The road is closed at mile marker 10, which is about 1.5 miles away from the lower trailhead,

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4 months ago

Watch out, road to trail closed 4 mi from start of trail. There was a strong wind storm a week ago and some snow still present, so I am assuming due to trail/weather conditions. Will return in late spring/summer

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10 months ago

Benches on the Sherrard point were totally destroyed by some vandals. Very sad.

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11 months ago

A very nice out of the way hike. Not too crowded if you go early. As the day progresses, the crowds increase in number (and decibels). The short hike to the look out is beautiful, well worth a few stairs. Definitely download the trail map as we went off trail a few times before using our satellite GPS to get back on track. Bring an extra jacket for the way down then put it away for the trek back up, it is quite a work out.