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Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point

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  • Mount Hood (11,250') from Larch Mountain's summit.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • A short trail leads from the parking lot to the viewpoint at Sherrard Point.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • Steps leading up to Sherrard Point.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • Mount Hood (11,250') in view from Sherrard Point.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • Mount Adams (12,280') from Sherrard Point.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • Looking down from Sherrard Point at the forests along the flanks of Larch Mountain.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • Mount Jefferson (10,945') and the smaller Olallie Butte (7,218').- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • The view east is dominated by Mount Hood (11,250').- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • To the west, a view of the Columbia River and Portland.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • A vault toilet for visitors.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • The trail from the parking lot to Sherrard Point.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • A picnic area with many shaded picnic tables at Sherrard Point.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • Walking up the trail to Sherrard Point.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • Clearing of a November snowstorm.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
  • High above the Columbia River at Larch Mountain.- Larch Mountain, Sherrard Point
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Pros: 
Incredible Gorge viewpoint. Nearby hiking trails.
Cons: 
Crowds.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Sherrard Point sits at 4,062 feet at the summit of Larch Mountain. It can be easily reached by driving to the parking lot that sits a quarter mile from the summit, or for the more adventurous and fit visitor, by hiking the Larch Mountain Trail that starts at Multnomah Falls.

Larch Mountain's summit is one of the higher places in the Columbia River Gorge. As such, the view of the Cascade Range volcanoes is 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 name Larch Mountain is a misnomer, as there are no larch trees in the area. Instead, early lumberman sold the noble fir that is prevalent on the mountain as larch.

Please note, the road to the viewpoint is snow-covered in the winter. It doesn't open to the summit until late May or early June depending on when the snows fully melt and the county reopens it, and it closes again in late fall. A vault toilet and ample picnic benches are provided for visitors. Parking at the top requires a Northwest Forest Pass or a $5 day use fee.

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