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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, 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: 13.1 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

It's about a 50 minute drive from Portland. From I-84, regardless from which direction you're coming, take exit 22 for Corbett. Once in Corbett, head eastward (towards Multnomah Falls) on the Historic Columbia River Highway (Hwy 30). Just past the Women's Forum Overlook, stay right at the fork (mile 22.9) onto E. Larch Mountain Rd. Stay on this road for about 14 miles where you will come to the trailhead at the end of the road. This trailhead is closed most of the winter and spring because of snow (it typically opens at the end of May or very beginning of June) and the road is gated 4 miles down the mountain. The road is plowed to the gate in winter, which means it's possible to park at the gate and ski (or snow-shoe) the road up to the summit.

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

Amazing hike! Lots of wild berries and more mushrooms than I have seen in a while, including Lobster mushrooms and Chicken of the Woods. Variety of different landscapes as you climb to the top.

hiking
bugs
rocky
20 days ago

Excellent trail. Started from Multnomah Falls early in the morning and there were not many people there. Some rough terrain. Rocky, muddy at times, and plenty of waterfalls to see. Grade can get steep but that makes it all the more fun!

hiking
bugs
over grown
20 days ago

Fun hike with lots of scenery. It’s not uses a lot and you can tell it’s a little overgrown.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
25 days ago

I did this hike today for the first time starting from Multnomah Falls. It was a beautiful hike and easily one of my new favorites. It was long and strenuous, but rewarding. I loved all the huckleberries along the way, the little pikas, and seeing some old-growth trees. Hiking by the creek with waterfalls was refreshing. I started at 4 pm and it took me 5 hours so I got back just before dark. I’ll start in the morning next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at the Larch Mountain trailhead and went to the Vista and saw all 5 mountains. Headed down from there with my 8 and 9 year old. Made it to the upper platform of Multnomah with lots of breaks. The trail variety throughout was what I loved the most, wide smooth trails at the top, a variety of Rocky and switch backs in the middle. Next time I wont go below Oenetta falls. I enjoyed the peace and quiet and minimal interaction with people when outside of multnomah falls area.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail! Fun waterfalls.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Glad this beautiful trail is open again. Some overgrowth from lack of use but nothing severe. Very enjoyable jaunt through the Forest.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

We completed the first 5 miles and turned back on 6/16 (due to time, not trail conditions). The trail was open, with the exception of one tree blocking the way, which had to be climbed over. There are areas of thick growth at points, so long pants/sleeves are recommended. There were a few muddy areas and a few areas where the edge of the trail is sliding off the side of the ledge. The footbridges were all in good shape. We did see one snake on the way back. We only saw 3 or 4 people once we continued past Ecola Falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult but gorgeous payoff!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Attempted to hike on 3/17/2019, but had to turn around only 1.5 miles up the trail - switchbacks at Weisendanger Falls were pretty thoroughly buried in one steep snow bank. You might be able to get up with snowshoes and poles but it definitely didn't feel safe to hike with microspikes quite yet. There was a bit of ice on the trail leading up to that point as well. Definitely looks to be worth coming back to try again later.

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blowdown
closed
over grown
snow
4 months ago

snowshoeing
blowdown
bridge out
off trail
snow
5 months ago

Snowshoed on 2/26: started with poles, had to put on micro spikes at top of Multnomah Falls and then snowshoes at about 2 miles. Breaking trail and it was difficult to find in many places because of deep snow. Lots of downed trees, overhanging branches covered in deep fluffy snow (wants to go down your backside if u don’t keep that hood on

hiking
6 months ago

hiked 1-18-19 Absolutely stunning! tough work as the first 7mi (if you start at multnomah falls) is uphill...although with switchbacks and distance I'd say the elevation gain seemed pretty subtle until the last 2mi ish. the falls are stunning and we started early enough (around 7) there was only one other person there. the trail is well kept, the fire damage is sad but beautiful in it's own way. snow for the last 2 miles ish, crampons were helpful but probably not 100% necessary. got lucky with some clarity at the top and got to see mt hood. freezing cold at the very top with the wind but once back to the trail it was fine as you're protected by the trees the whole way. I guess the drive to the top is closed which helped traffic, only saw one other couple at the top and passed a few people closer to the start of the trail on the way back. totally worth the work!!

hiking
bridge out
muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
6 months ago

This trail is awesome and tons of fun! A good mix of semi-challenging climbs, relaxed trails and lots of variety in both terrain and weather conditions! Some sections have loose rocks, unstable footing, there’s mostly uneven footing in general, plenty of mud and a few sections where you have to cross over water or where the trail is actually a stream so waterproof boots during the winter are a must unless you want freezing, soaked feet. There is some trail damage from the fire ie washed out spots and a couple of the bridge crossings are a bit sketchy and may not be crossable with dogs (we saw some people with dogs turn back). There is significant snow and some ice near the top. I 120% recommend yak traks. It would have been a MUCH harder hike without them. We didn’t see a view because of the fog, but it was still beautiful and totally worth the last 2 mile push.

7 months ago

Completed 1.4.19. Wayyyy too many tourists at the falls for my liking. On a nice day, I assume they’re at the top too since you can drive there. The hike itself is a grind, but good if you want hours of solitude. I didn’t see anyone for several miles at a time once I got a mile or two in. Zero exposure, so you don’t have a sense of your elevation until the very end. Heavy fire damage throughout, which was heartbreaking, and zero visibility at the top due to weather, although I knew that going in. Significant snow the last 2+ miles. Yaktrax helped. Take food if you’re going out and back. It’s a long hike! A good move I think would be to do it as an end to end, go early morning on a clear day from the falls before the tourists arrive and have someone pick you up at the end.

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