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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