60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland
by Paul Gerald (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Awesome hike either in the summer or winter. An excellent cardio workout with a view that pays off at the top.
After leaving the paved but steep switchback to the top of Multnomah Falls, we somewhat mistakenly took the Larch Mountain trail to stretch out further. The trail looked like it had been groomed on a regular basis, wide and dry. The waterfalls, one after the other, were incredible. We craned our necks and gazed in awe at the gigantic moss covered firs. A steady, at time steep climb gradually lead us away from the streams and we came to vistas where we could look out over the Columbia River Gorge as the sun lit the canyon. The only tricky part of the trail was a careful stroll across a rock slide. We reached Sherard Point and marveled at the view on a cloudless day. Looming to the North were Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams. To the East was Mt. Hood. And to the South, clearly visible, was Mt. Jefferson. The other couple at the overlook told us how lucky we were to pick the perfect day that they were all in view. The hike down was quick, 2.5 hours, followed by lunch and fine Oregon microbrews in the lodge. A day that you thank God that you are alive.
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