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    Larch Mountain Trail 441

    Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area, Oregon
    Distance1.9mi
    Elevation Gain1,462ft
    Trailhead Elevation758ft
    Top1,748ft
    Elevation Min/Max750/1748ft
    Elevation Start/End758/758ft

    Larch Mountain Trail 441

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    Portland, OR
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    6/6/2012
    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.
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    Portland, OR
    Adventurer | 260 pts
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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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    San Francisco, CA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    6/18/2007
    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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    Oregon City, OR
    Adventurer | 240 pts
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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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    Wichita, KS
    Pathfinder | 140 pts
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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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    Portland, OR
    Explorer | 30 pts
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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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    Trail Information

    Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area
    Nearby City
    Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area
    Parks
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    Views, Waterfalls
    Features
    Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, 541-308-1700, www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa
    Local Contacts
    National Geographic Columbia River Gorge, Green Trails Map 428S (Columbia River Gorge–West).
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