Larch Mountain Trail (#441)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Connecting Multnomah Falls Recreation Area to Larch Mountain Day Use Area, this 6.8 mile trail winds through old-growth forest and offers views of spectacular waterfalls including Multnomah, Wisendanger and Ecola. The lush forest canopy and cooling effect of the waterfalls can be refreshing, even on a hot day. 

Begin on the stairs at the lower viewing platform of Multnomah Falls and climb to the iconic Benson Bridge. At this point, the trail is still paved but steeply ascends a series of switchbacks up the slope east of the falls. With 2 million visitors each year to Multnomah Falls, expect crowds for the first mile to the overlook. 

This trail offers incredible views of the Multnomah, Wisendanger and Ecola falls (including a view from the top of Multnomah Falls).  Once at Larch Mountain Trailhead, hike the additional 0.3 miles up Sherrand Point Trail #443 for views of Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood on a clear day!

Note: Larch Mountain Road is maintained by Multnomah County and is closed annually at milepost 10 from Nov. through late May or early June. Use caution when driving; the road is narrow in places with limited visibility and is very popular with road cyclists.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/3/2021: Expect snowy conditions at higher elevations. Now open from Multnomah Falls.
Open Season: Year round, snow dependent
Usage: Medium
  • Motor vehicles are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
  • Mountain bikes are only allowed from Larch Mountain Trailhead to junction with Trail #446. 
  • Wilderness regulations apply in designated wilderness.
Closest Towns: Corbet, OR; Cascade Locks, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Larch Mountain trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


From Portland, OR: Travel east on I-84 to Exit 18. At the end of the off-ramp, turn left (south) onto the Historic Columbia River Highway and follow the highway through the town of Corbett. Two miles east of Corbett, the road forks. Take the righ fork onto Larch Mountain Road and follow it for 14 miles to reach Larch Mountain Picnic Area and Trailhead. 

From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on I-84 about 21 miles until Exit 22, Corbett Exit/NE Corbett Hill Road. Follow NE Corbett Hill Road until it intersects with East Historic Columbia River Highway.  Turn left onto the Historic Highway and travel 2 miles until the road forks. Take the  right fork onto Larch Mountain road and follow the road 14 miles to Larch Mountain Picnic Area and Trailhead. 


General Notes:

Download or Print a Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop Trail Vicinity Map:

Larch Mountain Trail is part of the Wahkeena Loop in the Multnomah Falls area.

Vicinity map showing trail locations and linkages. Select for a larger view.



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Day Hiking

This trail begins on the stairs of Multnomah Falls Recreation Area, crosses Benson Bridge, switchbacks up the slope east of the falls, continues past two other waterfalls into a beautiful old-growth forest and ends at Larch Mountain Trailhead. With 2 million visitors each year to Multnomah Falls, expect crowds for the first mile to the overlook. 

Nature Viewing

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