Larch Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 15 mile heavily 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, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,861 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

washed out

closed

The trailhead has a nice, large parking lot which requires a $5 (cash!) fee or a recreation pass. However, if you park on the side of the road before the trailhead you don't have to cough up the $5. There was a Candyman-esque bathroom shack in the picnic area, but we didn't venture in to check them out.

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

Great long walk and views up top.

hiking
26 days ago

Brutal, but soooo worth it

hiking
2 months ago

I was surprised to see how sunny and open the trail is since the wildfires burned through. Snowy patches starting at about 2000 feet and getting more solid at 2300. Recommend poles and micro spikes to make it all the way. Definitely need waterproof boots.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Hiked from Multnomah Falls as far as we could, made it within 1/4 mile of the picnic area/endpoint but couldn't complete due to snowy and icy conditions and the steep drop at the end. If I return for Round 2 within the month I'll bring Microspikes. The last two miles is currently under 1 to 3 feet of snow which is freezing at night. Hard crust, good for spikes, but too slippery for trail runners.

hiking
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Incredible views at the top made the hike up (with increasing snow the last 3 miles) so worth it. I brought spikes and didn’t need them, but given how soft the snow was in the afternoon, and how hard it was to find the trail at the top with the snow, I *maybe* wish I had had snowshoes for the last mile? But just because it would have been nicer, it was certainly possible without them. Lots of fallen trees, none particularly hard to get around. Would totally do this again.

hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
3 months ago

Pissing rain from the start. Snow free until about mile 4, then it’s snow the rest of the way up. 1ft was the deepest we got. No views... just fog and ice pellets. There are some trees down in certain parts, but they’re pretty easy to navigate around. Lost trail once or twice because of fresh snow, but ended up finding it rather quickly with the help of GPS.

running
muddy
snow
4 months ago

About ½ mile above the second single log bridge crossing it turns to snow for the rest of the way up the mountain. Current condition is 2-star but will be wonderful in Spring.

hiking
5 months ago

Interesting and ever changing landscapes that include waterfalls, merging streams, bridges, rocks, rain forest, burnt forest and mossy forest. It’s a mild ascent to the top but in today’s wet conditions it was a grind and each mile was mental. Nonetheless it’s an enjoyable long distance out and back.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike 1/2 from top was in snow about 6”

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Totally socked in with fog and snow. Couldn't see anything. Beautiful alpine hike though!

hiking
5 months ago

Surprise! This hike is almost 16 miles round trip from Multnomah Lodge. Not 13.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

This was a great morning hike. It was pretty easy once you pass the 11 switchbacks up to the falls. It can be a little muddy and slippery so plan accordingly. It's also a good idea to wear something water resistant in case of mist from the falls or dripping moss.

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked from Multnomah fall to Sherrard point. There were a couple of small streams that run across the trail - waterproof boots are a must. A few fallen trees straddle across the trail. The last 2 miles were covered in 1-2 inches of snow, but doesn't require microspikes (it started to snow about 2 miles from the top). There view at the top was obscured by cloud. Finally, there is a fallen tree blocking one of the arm of the loop around the summit, but this was easily circumvented.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
snow
5 months ago

I hiked to Sherrard Point from the Wahkeena Falls trailhead yesterday. That route is 16 miles out and back. There was no ice, but there were patches of snow close to the picnic area on Larch Mountain. You can walk around most of it. I brought microspikes, but I didn’t use them. There is a big tree blocking the trail at the beginning of the picnic area. Several other smaller trees have also fallen over the trail, but are easy to climb over. Make sure you wear very warm attire this time of year. I wore 5 layers and I was warm the first couple hours, but as I got near the top of the trail I began to feel very cold. And of course drinking cold water doesn’t help the situation.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Warning: BRING MICROSPIKES. Did this hike yesterday and on the way back the trail was almost completely covered in ice. I was slipping and sliding, pretty terrifying. Microspikes helped a ton. Badass hike nonetheless. Very challenging but so worth it (especially on a clear day).

6 months ago

what. a. STUNNER. This trail takes care of you the whole way up; even with all that gain I never felt like I was climbing stairs. (except, you know, the actual stairs at the end.) Viewpoint was just phenomenal and the journey was worthwhile and very achievable.

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect weather, clear skies, great views!

Showing results 1 - 17 of 197