Larch Mountain

Bonneville, Oregon

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A classic Columbia River Gorge run that travels next to magnificent Multnomah Creek and then takes you to the spectacular summit of Larch Mountain. Waterfalls. Bridge crossings. Mountain views. This adventure starts at Multnomah Falls, one of the most visited attractions in Oregon. The initial mile to the top of the hill is steep, paved, and crowded. On a busy weekend you may as well walk it, lest you confront major people navigation and the ire of folks just barely making it. Take heart, 99.9 percent of the people will turn around at the top of the falls, leaving you with an ethereal dirt trail all to yourself. After you reach the top of the falls, the trail turns to dirt and you’ll run next to the pristine waters of Multnomah Creek and then charge up moderate grades to the 4,056-foot summit of Larch Mountain. At the top you’ll have superb views of Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and the awesome Columbia River Gorge. This route is very tough—make sure to bring plenty of food and water with you and watch out for scattered technical rocky sections (especially coming back down). Rest rooms and water are available at the trailhead.
Trail Running Oregon

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Trail Running Oregon

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

A classic Columbia River Gorge run that travels next to magnificent Multnomah Creek and then takes you to the spectacular summit of Larch Mountain. Waterfalls. Bridge crossings. Mountain views. This adventure starts at Multnomah Falls, one of the most visited attractions in Oregon. The initial mile to the top of the hill is steep, paved, and crowded. On a busy weekend you may as well walk it, lest you confront major people navigation and the ire of folks just barely making it. Take heart, 99.9 percent of the people will turn around at the top of the falls, leaving you with an ethereal dirt trail all to yourself.

After you reach the top of the falls, the trail turns to dirt and you’ll run next to the pristine waters of Multnomah Creek and then charge up moderate grades to the 4,056-foot summit of Larch Mountain. At the top you’ll have superb views of Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and the awesome Columbia River Gorge. This route is very tough—make sure to bring plenty of food and water with you and watch out for scattered technical rocky sections (especially coming back down). Rest rooms and water are available at the trailhead.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bonneville
Distance: 13.6
Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Season: Mid-May through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Local Maps: DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Multnomah Falls; Green Trails Bridal Veil; USFS Trails of the Columbia River Gorge
Driving Directions: Directions to Larch Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2012
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Beautiful hike. A little bit of everything you would want in a trail. I just wish we would have taken more time. Basically, we hiked to the top (very difficult since I was wearing a 40 lb pack for conditioning)...ate some sandwiches...looked around and hike back. Total time spent was 6.5 hours. Would recommend that this is an 8 hour hike if you want to enjoy the scenery and relax a bit.


6/18/2007
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It is definitely a tough trail to run....starts out on paved switchbacks for about a mile and then switches to dirt/rock. The sights are beautiful and varied. The terrain was quite technical with some parts extremely rocky and the water making it even more difficult as it was quite slippery at parts. Because of the cloudy weather I was unable to see any of the magnificent sites from the top. However, I would highly recommend this trail as a hike or run even in the clouds. The falls are gorgeous and varied sites made for a really interesting and exciting run.



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