hike: Columbia Gorge – Larch Mountain Crater
For this loop hike, we started at the Upper Larch Mountain trailhead before the road closes for the season. It was a clear sunny day, and views from Sherrard Point were amazing. We could see Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in Washington, and Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson to the south.
7 miles 1,150 ft gain
The loop hike starts by heading downhill on the Larch Mountain trail for 1.7 miles, then we took the Multnomah Spur Trail for 0.2 miles to the Multnomah Creek Way Trail, which goes through the former crater on Larch Mountain. To close the loop, we took the Oneonta Trail back to the Larch Mountain Road and continued for 0.3 miles back to the trailhead.
Sections of this hike are less traveled, making for a quiet hike through the forest.