Larch Mountain Trail #441
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Length: 7 miles
Trail Uses: Hiking
Facilities available: Parking, Restrooms, Restaurant and Gift Shop at north (Multnomah Falls) end
Season of Use: March to December
Difficulty: Difficult (up), Moderate (down)
Elevation: 100 to 3840 feet
Visitor Use: Heavy
Recreation Pass to Park: No at north end, yes at south end.
Directions to Larch Mountain Trail
The Larch Mountain Trail is Multnomah Falls Trail #441. To get to the north end of the trail at Multnomah Falls traveling West on Interstate 84, you may access Multnomah Falls via the Historic Columbia River Highway at Exit 35 or you may use the freeway parking lot by taking Exit 31. If you are traveling East on Interstate 84, you may access Multnomah Falls via the Historic Columbia River Highway at Exit 28 or you may use the freeway parking lot by taking Exit 31. It is recommended that people with disabilities use Exit 28 (traveling East Bound) or Exit 35 (East and West Bound) for direct access to the lodge. If you are traveling East and would like to see the key waterfall area in the gorge you may take Exit 17 or 18 and follow the Historic Columbia River Highway. To get to the south end of the trail at Larch Mountain, take Corbett exit # 22 from I84. Drive up Corbett Hill and turn left onto the Historic Columbia River Highway. Continue 5 miles to the Larch Mountain Road turnoff on the right. Follow this road for 14 miles to Larch Mountain picnic grounds, where the upper trailhead is located. For a one way hike, take two cars and park one at each trailhead.
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Larch Mountain Trail Description
Larch Mountain is a wonderful day trip destination. It features a picnic area and a short walk to Sherrard Point, from which can be seen Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson (on a clear day!). Sherrard Point is not wheelchair accessible, but the picnic grounds and restrooms are. Larch Mtn road is closed from November through May. Use caution when driving the Larch Mtn road as it is heavily used by road cyclists. The access to this site closes at MP 10 on the Larch Mtn road from about Thanksgiving to late May/early June. There is limited road width and visibility in places. The loop system of trails at the top provides mountain biking experiences.
Multnomah Falls Area Hiking Trails Map including Larch Mountain Trail Map
Click on map for high resolution, printable pdf.
You may access the trailhead to Larch Mountain Trail #441 at the far west end of the parking lot nearest the restroom facilites. From here you may hike downhill to Multnomah falls or hook up with other trails (Multnomah Creek Way or Oneonta Trail # 424) to make a loop.
USFS Larch Mountain Trailhead web page (south end of trail at Larch Mountain)
USFS Larch Mountain Picnic Area web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Day Hiking web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Backpacking web page