Larch Mountain Trail

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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, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3910 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

washed out

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: there may not be 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. 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.

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long walk in the woods with rocks. closer to 14miles though. summit was beautiful. don't be mad when you get to the top and discover after all the sweating and pushing through the last couple miles to the top that there is a darn parking lot you could have driven to

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2 months ago

Excellent day hike with secluded waterfalls and trails.

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Good training hike for Half Marathons or soon to be trail runners from the parking lot to the summit its 7 miles 14 miles total out n back 4056 elevation

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6 months ago

Lots of snow on top and cold! The trail is still very muddy and parts of it actually had lots of running water on it. My feet got very wet! Kind of wish I hadn't worn my trail runners! Very beautiful scenery especially the first few miles along the creek! I'll definitely go back up when the weather is nicer and there is no snow on top!