trip reports

November 3, 2019

Larch Mountain Crater hike

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.

Larch Mountain Crater hike

view of Mount Hood from Sherrard Point

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using the Peakfinder app to ID the peaks

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Sherrard Point

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on the Larch Mountain trail

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old bridge over Multnomah Creek

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trail junction

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Multnomah Creek Way trail

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root-filled trail

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upturned tree roots as sculpture

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rhododendrons were plentiful in one section of the trail

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interesting rocky formation with trees growing at the top

Larch Mountain Crater hike

view from the trail

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