Larch Mountain Summit from Multnomah Falls


What could be a better outing than a classic trail completed in 1915?

The Larch Mountain Trail begins at the Multnomah Falls Lodge, about 50 feet above sea level, and ends at Sherrard Point, 4,000 feet higher. The seven-mile Trail is never real steep, thanks to the old trail builders who used plenty of dynamite to maintain a steady grade.

The first mile of the hike was on a paved path gaining 700 feet to the top of Multnomah Falls. The next four miles were a gem, always staying near Multnomah Creek in a deep canyon with multiple waterfalls.

At the five-mile mark the Trail left the Creek and began a climb up the western rim of the old volcano to Sherrard Point, the summit of Larch Mountain.

Upon reaching the top, about 30 crow-flying miles from home, the spectacular but hazy views extended seemingly forever.

After a short rest and a snack I headed back to the Multnomah Falls Lodge, feeling like I had enjoyed a pretty nice day in the woods.

Lower Multnomah Falls

The pool at the bottom of 620-foot Multnomah Falls

Devil's Club (over my head in height and having nasty long thorns

Devil’s Club (over my head in height and having nasty long thorns

A large Noble Fir

A large Noble Fir

Salmonberry

Salmonberry

Folks enjoying 90-foot Weisendanger Falls on a hot afternoon

Folks enjoying 90-foot Weisendanger Falls on a hot afternoon

Snow-covered Mt. Adams and Nesmith Point (highest point in the cliffs in the Columbia River Gorge)

View from Sherrard Point – – –  Snow-covered Mt. Adams to left and Nesmith Point to right (highest point in the cliffs in the Columbia River Gorge)

Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry

Pleasant stretch of the trail

Pleasant stretch of the trail

Striped Coral Root Orchid

Striped Coral Root Orchid

Multnomah Creek

Multnomah Creek

Pinesap

Pinesap

 

 

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2 comments

  1. The waterfalls are so beautiful.
    Looks like fun playing in the water there.

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