Larch Mountain Climber's Log

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mountaingazelle - Jun 18, 2006 6:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2006

Multnomah Falls  Sucess!

I was joined on the first part of the trail by a bus load of school children from Beaverton Junior High. Nice waterfalls on this hike. I made it to the summit in the rain and clouds even though it started out as a sunny day. It was still a nice mountain to climb.


onandupwards - May 8, 2006 3:17 am Date Climbed: May 7, 2006

Cold & Wet on Larch Mtn.  Sucess!

Climbed from Multanomah falls on a wet May day. Heavy rain & mist on the summit obscured all views. Suggest all spring climbers to be fully prepared for how cold it gets when you're on snow, soaked, it's 35 degrees up top, and the wind is blowing! Heard some suspicious (Sasquatch?) low repeated whistling noises parallelling me from 3k to 3.8k vert, both up and down, and some large animal breathing..uh oh..need to acclimatize better next time.

OJ Loenneker

OJ Loenneker - Jun 24, 2006 10:31 am

Re: Cold & Wet on Larch Mtn.

That low pitched whisteling noise is the mating call of the "mountain chickens".. Or grouse as they are also known as... As far as the large animal breathing, I too have heard this, but usually it's actually me.... How funny how the mind can wander sometimes when you are hiking solo....


onandupwards - Jul 2, 2006 4:00 am

Re: Cold & Wet on Larch Mtn.

Do you also see the UFO's on solo climbs above 10,000 feet?


awilsondc - Apr 21, 2006 11:40 pm

Route Climbed: Multnomah Falls Date Climbed: August 2005  Sucess!

Nice hike! I ran into some rain towards the end of the hike when I went but still had a good time. It really sucks that there is a road to with in 1/4 mile of the summit, but the views are still pretty good even though you'll probably share the summit with some tourists. Great hike to get some exercise or train for a bigger summit.

OJ Loenneker

OJ Loenneker - Apr 14, 2006 1:16 am Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2006

Route Hiked From Falls to point.  Sucess!

Started out at the Main Falls, sloging through the crowds (it was a nice day), but they thinned out pretty quick after the lookout for Multnomah Falls. Ran into a group of semi drunk people claiming that the snow was higher than waist level further up on the trail. (they where full of it, the snow was only 6-8 inches deep, and had clear foot prints to follow) the last few miles where a little tough because of the snow, and I could have used my snow shoes if I brought some. Once I got to the top of the point, I realized that my jacket, that I had strapped to the back of my daypack was missing (which had my car keys, and celphone in it's pocket) and I started to freak out a little, so I was not able to soak in the views too much. Luckly I found my jacket back on the trail not too far from the point. The snow at the point was pretty high, and the fence was barly visible, so you gotta be a little carfull that you dont fall down the cliff down to the meadow below.
Took the long walk back, which was alot faster going down that going up. This is a great hike, but a little long. Next time I am gonna try going around thrugh Multnomah spur and check out the mash after the snow melts later this year.
A little tired and dark back at the falls, but was well worth it.
Gonna do this one a few more time this year.


LCannon - Feb 23, 2006 6:46 am

Route Climbed: From Multnomah Falls Date Climbed: 1989?  Sucess!

I'm guessing on the date. Not my favorite trail in the gorge, very rocky, hiking boots a definite need. The 7 miles up was a bit of a stretch for me as this was towards the beginning of my hiking career. I hiked with my sister Julie, we had no idea there was a road at the top. We stumbled out of the woods to find not only a road, but a paved road, with lines, a parking lot and bathrooms!! I took my husband back the next weekend to show him the spectacular views via this nice paved road.
Next I want to do the loop trail around the top of this, or one of the many loops possible in the area. Kudos to Don whose hiked this over 50 times! Wow I'm impressed.

MtnTroll - Jan 6, 2006 1:35 pm

Route Climbed: Loop Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!

Did on a nice Oregon rainy day. Just remember the amazing wind downed trees.


HSeldon - Sep 15, 2005 6:08 pm

Route Climbed: Multnomah Falls Date Climbed: August 12, 2002  Sucess!

This is one of the most scenic hikes I have ever been on! The day I hiked this the temperature in Portland was approaching 95 degrees, but it seemed like it was 20 degees cooler while on this trail. There are some very nice sidetrails to Horsetail falls and other areas. The hike is a fairly steady climb the entire way up and most of it is shaded with old growth trees. I was slightly disappointed with the top of the peak, since there is a road that leads to the top of the peak and deflated my sense of being out in the open wilderness. My disappointment was quickly forgotten when I got to the observation platform and was amazed at the view! The views of Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson and Mt Adams are awesome! This is a hike that is well worth doing, especially on a clear day.


Levi - Aug 4, 2005 1:42 am Date Climbed: May 21, 2005

Route Climbed: From Multnomah Falls

Dad (SP's MistChief) and i started hiking at 7:30 AM on a Saturday, and we made the summit at just after noon. The day was cloudy we saw Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens we did see the bottom of Mount Adams but not the others. Then we left the summit and started the long walk back.


lucaskerper - Jul 8, 2005 6:52 pm

Route Climbed: June 26th, 2005 Date Climbed: Trail #441  Sucess!

this is a beautiful place. the hike there was great. we went in from multnomah falls, and did the seven miles to the peak. too bad it was cloudy! we couln't see anything at the top! there was only white fog past the chainlink fence! :) oh well. great hike! we did the 14 mile trip in just under 6.5 hours. i am definately comming back!

Midlife Mountaineer

Midlife Mountaineer - Jun 27, 2005 7:11 am

Route Climbed: From Multnomah Falls Date Climbed: August,2003  Sucess!

I was on a business trip from New Mexico. I had one day off, so I decided to try this hike. It was a beautiful clear day, great views at the top of Hood, Adams, and St. Helens.

davelux - Jun 27, 2005 1:46 am

Route Climbed: Trail #441 Date Climbed: June 26th, 2005  Sucess!

I Left for Multnomah falls at 7:30am from Salem, OR, stopping briefly for coffee and to pick up a friend in Portland. We began hiking at exactly 9:00am and summited around 12:30pm. The hike was beautiful and chilly as an erie mist enveloped the last 500' or so vertical feet before we reached the summit. There was no view whatsoever although the lookout was very chill and serene. I will definatley come back to this spot with my wife on a clearer day to view the five peaks I was not able to see. Nearly 14 miles even in 6.5 hours time (including lunch).


charlatan - Jun 12, 2005 11:24 pm

Route Climbed: up via Oneonta trail, back via Larch Mountain trail Date Climbed: 1 June 2005  Sucess!

Good steady climb up through showers from Multnomah Falls. No view whatsoever from the deserted and calm summit. Looks like I missed out on a great view.


annaleiserabinek - Jun 7, 2005 7:08 pm

Route Climbed: From the bottom (Multnomah Falls) Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!

Route Climbed: From the bottom (Multnomah Falls)

Date Climbed: May 2003

Date Signed: Feb 03, 2005 5:08 PM

Steep, rain, mud, snow....welcome to Oregon. Much needed hike, with my fabulous partner, Cornvallis. I'd like to say beautiful views from the top, but it was pretty cloudy.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Mar 28, 2005 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2005

Route Climbed: West trail, Larch Mountain trail from Multnomah Falls Date Climbed: multiple  Sucess!

3/27/05 - After failing on my bid to do a peak in the Wind River area earlier in the morning due to swollen and impassable creeks, I hit this one on the drive home. Drove to about the 3000 foot mark and picked up a trail from the road that goes up the west side. Up and down in about an hour and a half. Up on top, there was a family about to spread the ashes of a relative and the prevailing wind was headed my way so I spent all of 2 seconds up there and headed back down. Rained all the live long day. Would like to come back and do the loop around the crater as well as the route up from Multnomah Falls. Will do that one as a nice trainer at a later date.

4/3/05 - Went back to do this one on the "real" trail since weather was crappy everywhere. Rain and more rain from the Falls up to about 3000 feet. Then, hiked on snow in rain that turned to snow a few hundred feet higher. Lots of snow up top. First one to summit that day according to the fresh smooth snow. Wonder how many waterfalls there are on this hike. So many of them, I lost count. Great way to get over 4000 feet in on a crummy weather day.

12/3/05 - With Mark and Natasha, drove as far to the West trailhead as we could get, about mile marker 8. Then hiked about 3 miles in to the trailhead. Heavy snow down and more coming down. Snowshoed up to about 3900 feet. Hard freaking work breaking trail but a great workout for us all. Took us an hour and a half to go about a mile in the thigh-deep powder. Turned around and on the way down could hear trees breaking and falling down in the heavy snow. One fell right behind us on the road as we hiked out, another had fallen on the car parked a few feet in front of us. Several new ones criss crossed the road as we drove out.

April 2015 - don't remember it but I did it again then

6/5/16 Super hot day. But a beautiful hike once you get above the tourons at the big falls/lodge area. Up in 3:02, down in 1:53. Talked to a Scottish guy and his friend who had biked up there in the morning from North Portland.

Later in June 2016 with Diane, Luna and Ramsey, looped the crater in which I had never done before. Cool, except for all the people.

Summer 2017 with Diane again


Soup - Feb 7, 2005 10:42 am

Route Climbed: From Multnomah Falls Date Climbed: April 2004  Sucess!

Me and two of my buddies met in the parking lot before sunrise on a Saturday morning to miss the tourist traffic, we didn't see a soul. Our solitude continued until a lone hiker caught up with us at the summit. We saw masses as we decended. A few little dirty snow piles were hanging on towards the top. It was a great day with good friends.


Cornvallis - Feb 3, 2005 5:08 pm

Route Climbed: From the bottom (Multnomah Falls) Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!

Very nice hike with Shelby. Interesting to watch the plant species/communities change as you go up from sea level to 4,000 ft. Last mile was under snow, but route finding was easy. Cloudy day, but still enjoyed the view 4K down to the river. Rained on us much of the way back down, might have actually added to our enjoyment. Highly recomended, beautiful area!


cmc56789 - Feb 2, 2005 12:34 am

Route Climbed: From Multnomah Falls Date Climbed: Spring, 2003  Sucess!

This was a pretty neat hike, past some beautiful gorge scenery to a pretty nice view from Jefferson to Rainier, but it is a little too crowded at Multnomah Falls, and at the top for my taste. Would be more fun to do this in the winter when the road to do this the easy way is closed by snow.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Feb 2, 2005 12:20 am

Route Climbed: Spur trail from the parking area, et al. Date Climbed: About 1955

Well, what can I say - I was about 7 or 8 when my parents drove up here for the view. It was a pretty big deal for me, though!

I made my first "real" climb of Larch on my 1937 vintage Shwinn bike about 1960. I did the 80 mile round trip from 17th and Thompson St., where I grew up in Portland. I liked the Shwinn because it had a comfortable wide seat that made such long rides more enjoyable.

I rode a succession of bikes up there over the next few years but only ran/hiked the trail for the first time from sea level in '79 or '80 but didn't write a climb down in my hiking/running log until 11/28/81.

Since then, I've done this peak from the bottom about 50 times. (hmmmm -- let's see, 50x4,000, that's about 200,000 vertical feet total!)

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