Exploring Larch Mountain, Part 1: Multnomah Creek to the Crater

Sunday, May 17, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Expert: 11 miles | 3,000-ft elev. gain (Members-only)

Exploring Larch Mountain, Part 1: Multnomah Creek from Columbia River to the Larch Mountain Crater

With leaders Christoph Stauder and Dave Crout, we’ll follow Multnomah Creek uphill on this moderately-graded trail past a half-dozen waterfalls and through some of the finest old-growth forest in the Gorge to our lunch spot at the edge of the Larch Mountain Crater marsh 1,000 feet below craggy Sherrard Point. Larch Mountain is the remnant of an ancient shield volcano active 1.8 to 1.4 million years ago, the majority of which was destroyed when glaciers carved a large cirque into the mountain during the last glacial period, leaving behind a lake that today is a quiet meadow.

Note: The second part of this hike series is scheduled for Saturday, July 11. This is a members-only hike.

Come prepared: Wear sturdy hike boots/shoes, and bring your daypack with plenty of food for snacks and a lunch, 2 liters+ of water, and layers for protection against the elements. Hiking poles strongly recommended as we’ll have a steep ascent and descent. View the recommended 10+ Essentials List to help you pack.

Before this outing, make sure you understand our Hike Program Information & Guidelines.