Larch Mountain Trail (CLOSED)

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Larch Mountain Trail (CLOSED) 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

closed

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.

hiking
1 day ago

This was my first more serious day hike, my only downfall was being the first person up there in the morning... So many cobwebs to walk through....

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent day hike with secluded waterfalls and trails.

6 months ago

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

8 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!

8 months ago

Great hike. Snowy at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike
Not as bad as everybody has made it out to be . it is ass kicker because of the mileage , but overall a great hike

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of snow above 1500 feet. Compacted so fair easy walking, but did slow things down a bit. Cold, windy, and lightly raining at Sherard Point. Limited visibility.

9 months ago

Not going to lie this trail kicked my ASS. The way down is nice lovely walk but coming back up can make the most in shape hikers stop for breaks. Dogs will love it.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

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)

Monday, September 26, 2016

great hike be sure to get there early in the morning

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

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!

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

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. :)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Sunday, May 22, 2016

path was rocky with pretty good incline very quiet people wise with lots of water features

Monday, May 02, 2016

Do it.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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).

hiking
Sunday, February 14, 2016

I started this trail from E Larch Mountain Rd. About a mile and half from the trail head the road was closed and the cool day and fog with the utter quietness was a beautiful eerie feeling. Snow appeared on the road just about where the trail head is located (Near the big U turn). The forest is beautiful right now up there. The trail has some snow cover patches but is doable for anyone. Once you reach the parking lot on the other side your gonna hit deep non-compacted snow. I was sinking in to my knees attempting to get to another trail head in the parking lot. Its quite peaceful there, saw 3-5 people tops.

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Like people have said, once you get past all the tourists this turns into a great trail. On the day I went I was very nervous when I realized the trailhead started at Multnomah Falls, the parking lot was absolutely packed. The first mile or two is on a paved path which goes through switchbacks until you get over the initial face. That's where 90% of the traffic was. After the paved path ends at the top so do the flip flop wearing, Starbucks cup holding shoobies.

About 2 miles from the top we had to turn around because my Husky pup refused to cross a single-log bridge that only had a railing on one side. But besides that the rest of the trail was very dog-friendly. Wish we could've made it to the top.

hiking
Saturday, September 19, 2015

As the days get shorter so do my hikes, wanted to take one last hike up to larch mountain today, view was amazing as always, since it was a Saturday the summit was packed, managed to get up in 4 hours and down in 3 hours, see you next year larchy!

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