Larch Mountain Loop

Vancouver, Washington 98668

Larch Mountain Loop

Larch Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Highlights: If you’re up to the climb and technical descents, this is a wonderful loop. The views from Larch Mountain are sweeping and the singletrack will test you. Tread: 4.4 miles singletrack; 8.6 miles gravel. Hazards: Rocky scree slope near the top of Larch Mountain; rock and root-strewn descent. New water bars can be extremely slick as can the several small bridges."

Larch Mountain Loop 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.
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

Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
2 to 3.5 hours
Late spring through fall
1,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,500 feet
Top Elevation
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Local Contacts
Mountain Biking Southwest Washington - Fat Tire Publications; USGS Dole, Larch Mountain
Local Maps

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Jul 2018