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Larch Mountain Trail

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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  • The trail runs along Multnomah Creek above Multnomah Falls.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Weisendanger Falls.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Ecola Falls.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • One of the bridges over Multnomah Creek on the lower portion of the Larch Mountain Trail.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Hiking along Multnomah Creek on the Larch Mountain Trail.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Another creek crossing.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Pacific rhododendrons (Rhododendron macrophyllum) are a common sight as the trail gains elevation.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • The trail runs along some massive Douglas fir trees.- Larch Mountain Trail
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  • - Larch Mountain Trail
  • Sunlight filters through the trees on the Larch Mountain Trail.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Reaching Sherrard Point atop Larch Mountain.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • A view of Mount Hood (11,250') from Larch Mountain's summit.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Mount Hood (11,250') from Larch Mountain's summit.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • Mount Adams (12,280') from Larch Mountain's summit.- Larch Mountain Trail
  • The view south includes Mount Jefferson (10,495') and Olallie Butte (7,218').- Larch Mountain Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Waterfalls. Old-growth forest. Incredible viewpoint at the summit.
Cons: 
Crowded summit viewpoint (accessible by road).
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
4,010.00 ft (1,222.25 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
13.60 mi (21.89 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
40.00 ft (12.19 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Larch Mountain Trail is one of the classic hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. Starting at Multnomah Falls, it follows Multnomah Creek and continues through an old-growth noble fir forest before it reaches a summit that provides an incredible view of the Cascade Mountains. 

Some sections of the trail, including the early portion of the trail near Multnomah Falls and the viewpoint atop Larch Mountain, are fairly congested. Both of these places are quintessential Gorge hot spots that are easily accessible by car. However, along the majority of the trail, the crowds disappear. The lower section that leads up Multnomah Creek includes numerous waterfalls that are worth visiting. As the trail heads up Larch Mountain, the water gives way to a tranquil old-growth forest that is interspersed with rhododendrons that bloom in early summer. The name Larch Mountain is a misnomer, as there are no larch trees in the area. Instead, early lumbermen sold the noble fir that is prevalent on the mountain as larch.

Larch Mountain's summit elevation is 4,062 feet. This is one of the higher places in the Columbia River Gorge, and as such, the views of the Cascade Range volcanoes are impressive. Looking from south to north, there are unencumbered vistas of Mount Jefferson, Olallie Butte, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. The viewpoint, called Sherrard Point, is accessible by road from late spring to early fall.

Hiking from the Multnomah Falls parking lot to the top of Larch Mountain can be done by car shuttle or as a there-and-back trip. Although it's a long day hike, the incline is fairly gradual for the amount of elevation gain. We recommend starting at the bottom for a there-and-back trip for a few reasons: you can avoid the crowds that reach a peak at Multnomah Falls in later afternoon, and you can avoid the need for a Northwest Forest Pass or a $5 daily fee at the Larch Mountain parking lot at the summit.

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