Yacolt’s Larch Mountain

Cougar, Washington 98616

Yacolt’s Larch Mountain

Yacolt’s Larch Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"This trail is a favorite among local mountain bikers. In an area that is hot and dry in the summer, the cool shade of the initial singletrack climb along Cold Creek is inviting (though it can get a bit humid).

It’s not an easy climb along the river. There are roots and rocks and slippery surfaces. But once it moves up and away from the water, the trail conditions improve all the way to the top. Up there, the terrain is more like a rock quarry than a mountain biking trail —it’s challenging to ride but spectacular for its views."

Yacolt’s Larch Mountain Reviews

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The trail has recently been worked on by trail crews. It needed it and they did a nice job. There is always a little mud on the trail in places. Right now it is mostly dry and worth the drive. Very rocky with roots in some places. This is not a beginner trail at all. We like to ride up to the picnic table where the trail starts to be a "rock-quarry", have a snack and then come back down the opposite direction. The roughly 3.8 mile climb is somewhat strenuous - but the reward is the technical and fast downhill. Normally takes me about an hour and a half to climb and about 40 minutes to descend. The 13 miles that the original review talks about is if you make a loop and go all the way to the top of the trail (past the rocks) to the cell tower and then loop back by coming down on the gravel road (or climbing the opposite way up the road and coming down the trail). I like the technical challenge of going up the trail itself, turning around and coming down. There are often hikers and horses - so be careful or we will get booted off the trail. May is about the earliest (due to mud) that you want to ride it regularly - but it can be ridden earlier during dry spells. It's a great trail - but unforgiving to beginners or if you are not paying attention to the little gotcha's along the trail.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
3 to 4 hours
Best in summer and fall
1,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,400 feet
Top Elevation
Department of Natural Resources
Local Contacts
USGS Dole, Larch Mountain
Local Maps

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Jul 2018