Multnomah Falls to Larch Mountain

  • February 24, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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This hike will start at Multnomah Falls Trailhead and we hike to the upper falls passing Upper Multnomah Falls, Dutchman Falls and Weiendanger Falls. The next four miles is challenging when the elevation gain increases bits by bits. You will get a great views of things along the trail. When we get to the top of Larch Mountain, you will get spectacular views of the gorge and glacier mountains like Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. Of course, Mt. Hood. We will have lunch or snack and enjoy the view, then we head back down to the trailhead. We will take our time going to and from our destination. If you are one of those people that do not make frequent stops, this hike may not be right for you. After the hike, we can treat ourself to ice cream or dinner. This will be a day hike, so plan on it. We will be back in Portland around 6 or 7PM. If you have to be back by a certain time, please do not sign up for this hike.

I have hiked here before and one of my favorite default hike. We will keep a nice, steady pace and will go at a pace where people are comfortable at. Please be in at least reasonable shape.

Here is the web link for more info:

Hiking time: Approx 6-8 hours depending on the pace.

Distance: 15.8 miles round trip (out and back)

Elevation gain: 4016 feet

Difficulty: difficult to very difficult.

Here is a link if you need a map:

(you can also print them out)

Bring: 2-3 liters of water, ten essentials, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) (you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees (of course it is optional), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks.  Please plan accordingly. Bring flashlight (in case it gets dark) and micro spikes (in case we have snow at a higher elevation)

If you need transportation out to the gorge, the first meeting place will be at Gateway Transit Center (8:00AM):

Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage: I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter.  From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.

If you do not want to meet at the Gateway Transit Center, here is a second place we are meeting up at 8:45AM-9:00AM. (Multnomah Falls Trailhead)

Directions: Drive east from Portland on Interstate 84 to Exit 31 near Mile 31. This exit is accessible from I-84 in either direction. Walk under the footbridge to Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Alternatively, exit I-84 at the Bridal Veil Exit (28) and drive the Historic Columbia River Highway eastward to the Multnomah Falls Lodge parking area.

Suggested donation of 5 dollars to carpool drivers.


If you have any questions, please message me. Thank you. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this hiking event. Also meeting people and breaking the ice. Of course, having a good time.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trailhead or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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  • Greg

    I put a bunch of Waypoints along the first part of the hike to recreate the part which my GPS missed when the battery died at the end of the hike. I got 15.6 miles total hike distance and 4286 feet ascent from the parking lot.

    February 26, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    Thanks for uploading all the great pictures!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    I agree with everyone comments. It was fun, but very challenging. Chatchay, you are great to hike with and I hope to again soon.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Robert L.

    I stole Craig G's idea and posted a Google Earth route of our hike. From Google Earth, it says we climbed 3972 feet and a total of 12.46 miles. This is my first time using the GPS, so it could be seemed longer.[masked]

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Svetlana

    Thanks everyone for a great hike, Chatchay - thanks for organizing it

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Avinash

    Thanks Chatchay for taking us on this amazing adventure. It was gruelling, buy very rewarding. The Larch mountain peak was best summit I have ever been on. And what a wonderful group of people to spend a day hiking with.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Greg

    Thank you for organizing and leading this hike to one of the most breathtaking vistas I've seen. Your energy and spirit were refreshing and I look forward to hiking with you in the near future.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Beautiful weather. What a gorgeous day to hike. It was difficult, but more challenging when we hit more snow. Snowshoe would be useful. I fought through the muscle cramp on my thighs. The summit of Larch Mountain is magnificent. The people are wonderful and enthusiastic. Thank you for coming out and making this hike wonderful. Memories will be treasured. I will see you on the next hike.

    February 24, 2013

  • Greg

    Memorable, challenging hike with a view from the top that made it all worthwhile. Another excellent group of new, and some old friends to share the hike.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • eli

    Weather was great. Enjoyed seeing everyone again. Also the tracking up Larch Mountain in fair weather and making it to the top with spectacular views of the valley below. Thanks Chatchay for a memorable Day!!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Mika

    It was great hiking with everyone today!!!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Please tell me where are you going to meet me at? Gateway Transit Center or Multnomah Falls Trailhead? So I can get a head count. If you are not able to attend tomorrow's hike, please unRSVP so others on the waitlist can sign up. Much appreciated. Thanks.

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Charlene

    I am sorry to back out last minute. I hope y'all have a great hike. I will absolutely be there next week.

    February 23, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I want to remind that you signed up for Multnomah Falls to Larch Mountain hike this Sunday. Looks like the weather forecast is going to be mostly cloudy with some shower.

    If you are not able to attend, please unRSVP so others on the waiting list can sign up. The waitlist is pretty long and will give other people chance to attend.

    Make sure you are well-prepared for this event. Please dress according to the weather forecast.

    Please tell me where are you going to meet at? Gateway Transit Center or Multnomah Falls? So I can get a good count where everyone is going to be at.

    If you have any questions, please do not hestitate to contact me. Chatchay

    February 22, 2013

  • Henry

    man, I wanted to do this hike but 16 miles is just to much for my legs on a Sunday. On Monday morning I would probably hobbling around.

    February 22, 2013

  • Greg

    I didn't / can't see if the wait list is auto or manual. Should we be watching emails for an open spot?

    February 22, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Sorry I've got to work on Sunday. So disappointed - this would have been an awesome hike.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • jeremiah

    2 Svetlana's, 1 hike.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Robert L.

    Chatchay, Any idea how much colder it is up on Larch mountain than the valley?

    February 18, 2013

    • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

      It depends on the weather that day. From past hikes, it can be 5 to ten degrees lower when you get to the summit. Hopefully we will get good weather that day. Thanks.

      February 18, 2013

  • Robert L.

    Spring is on its way. I'll watch to try to squeeze in last minute.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    Are dogs allowed on this hike?

    February 18, 2013

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