Larch Mountain Trail

Clark County, Washington

Elevation Gain580ft
Trailhead Elevation1,751ft
Elevation Min/Max1714/2159ft
Elevation Start/End1751/1751ft

Larch Mountain Trail

Larch Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clark County, Washington. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 1,751 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 580 feet.

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Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Though this is the highest peak that sits entirely within Clark County, not many hikers find their way to its summit. Shadowed by adjacent Silver Star Mountain, Larch lacks that well-loved mountain’s sprawling flower arrangements—but also its crowds. And while Larch’s summit is marred by towers, the way up is pleasant enough with attractive forests, fields of bear grass, and some pretty good views of Silver Star too." Read more

Larch Mountain Trail Reviews

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This is a fun trail. I parked at the point that the trail hits the road. There is plenty of parking around the bridge which made the trip a bit shorter than the guide book says. Once you start up the gravel road it is a leg burner. Continue up the gravel road, past what looks like a gavel pit (lots of people shooting) and up to a large yellow gate. The road makes a 90 to the right but you want to go through he gate and continue up the mountain. Follow the road up through a clear cut and always continue up. At the top is a pair of radio towers, go around to the back side of the towers and you will see a trail marked "Tarbell" head straight down which has rocks between the size of your fist and your head. Follow that trail down and take what turns out to be the 3rd left. The first two are old double tracks which lead to a grass meadow. If you turn off to soon and wind up in the meadow and you need to go back and keep going down. Once you take the left the trail will cut a contour across a rocky slope with great views. Once you pass the "overlook" (an old picnic table which I am not sure how it got there) the trail goes into the trees, this is where the fun begins. The trail switchback down the hill and eventually takes you to the creek. The switchbacks are awesome and the trail was in pretty good condition. Follow the trail along the creek where you will cross several bridges. When you think you are about to the end the trail suddenly takes a right and starts back up the hill away from the creek. If this happens you have missed the trail. At the point where the trail cuts away from the creek look for some old cut up logs between a couple of trees. If you look past them you can see the trail continue down along the creek. Take this path and you have less than a mile back to the car. Watch out as there are some down trees which are tricky to get over but fun it you know what to expect. Enjoy.
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Cold creek trail is a great ride if you are in good shape and like to climb for a long time then turn around and burn down. There are lots of switchbacks to practice on and lots of elevation to burn those legs and lungs. As you near the top, you have to walk over some of the rocky sections (unless you are just that good). You have the option of going right to the top or turning around at the picnic area. Its a great viewpoint of the valley below. The ride down is awesome. Quick, technical in places, and even some jumps as well.

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Trail Information

Clark County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Local Contacts
USGS Larch Mountain
Local Maps

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Dec 2018