Larch Mountain

Bull Run Reservoir Number One, Oregon

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Sure, you can drive almost to the top of Larch Mountain, but the trail between there and Multnomah Falls is one of the classic walks in Oregon—from the shores of the Columbia River to a high lookout in the Cascades, with old-growth forest on the way up and a view from the top that takes in everything from Portland to several volcanoes. A shorter loop hike encompasses the upper parts of the mountain only.

Larch Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Sure, you can drive almost to the top of Larch Mountain, but the trail between there and Multnomah Falls is one of the classic walks in Oregon—from the shores of the Columbia River to a high lookout in the Cascades, with old-growth forest on the way up and a view from the top that takes in everything from Portland to several volcanoes. A shorter loop hike encompasses the upper parts of the mountain only."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bull Run Reservoir Number One
Distance: 6.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: June–mid-November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mt. Hood National Forest

Larch Mountain Reviews

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5/12/2008
I hiked this with my 7 and 5 year old on the 3rd of May 2008. The trail was a bit muddy and my 5 year old daughter was scared of the garter snakes at the end of the trail. This is a very good and easy hike for kids if the trail drys out.
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3/19/2006
Was awesome! Very nice day walk with great views of Smugglers Cove and the Pacific Ocean. Huge tree's all along the trail. Saw 5-10 whales offshore from the top of the Cape. Tried the chowder at the Ecola Seafood Market in Cannon Beach and didn't think it was all that great...mostly overpriced.
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9/3/2004
This is a great, easy trail. The forest, trees, ferns, & moss, was beautiful, and the views of Smugglers Cove were also very nice. We did encounter a few other hikers and saw many surfers, but for most of the trial we were on our own.
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10/18/2002
This is an easy trail that offers a chance to experience amazing array of microclimates inside a Pacific coast rain forest. The old growth trees - Douglas Fir, Sycamore and many others will amaze hikers, as will the fallen giants new trees are sprouting in and those cleared by trail crews after storms. It is truly awe inspiring to hike past not one or two but many downed trees that are 4-5 feet in diameter. The trail is in good repair as of this writing, with some tricky footing from well-intentioned trail maintenance that I found to be more trouble than help. Some of the beginning sections are covered in asphalt in what is presumably the state parks attempt to make the trail less muddy. The reality is that the asphalt heaves and cracks in places, making for a lot of stumbling if you don''t watch your feet because you''re admiring the views and the rain forest. There are several places along the trail that offer spectacular vistas of the ocean and Smugglers Cove. All in all, a good day hike for those visiting or camping at Oswald West State Park who aren''t there for the sea kayaking or boogie boarding or who need a break from that.
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