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Larch Mtn Crater via Bell Creek

  • Sep 7, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1400 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Challenging
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 5 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass
**RSVPs will open at 10:00pm Monday***
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 60 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $6.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

Let’s do a variation of the “standard” Larch Mountain crater hike. Starting from the parking lot at Sherrard Point we’ll follow the road downhill for about a quarter mile to the trailhead for Oneonta Trail #424. We’ll follow #424 downhill for a couple of miles to a junction with #446, which will take us to the Multnomah Creek Trail #444, where we’ll begin the moderate climb through the crater and its meadow, creek, old growth hemlock groves, and views up at Sherrard Point. Once we’re back outside of the crater we’ll retrace our steps to our cars, taking a short detour to check out the (hopefully) expansive views from high atop Sherrard Point before heading home.

Other than the weather, there’s not much in the way of wildcards on this one. A nice, challenging hike at a nice, relaxed pace.

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • DonnaDonna S.

    First hike with Zach and it was FANzachtic! Delightful day, great pace, He laid out the perfect hike for a hot September day.

    September 8, 2012

  • Zachary

    Hopefully everyone enjoyed this hike as much as I did!

    September 7, 2012

  • Denise

    Have fun, haven't hiked since Elk Meadows on the 15th of July! I do have weekends now though :)

    September 6, 2012

  • Cindy

    Sorry to miss this one, have a great day!

    September 4, 2012

  • Kim

    Not my Friday off :( Hopefully your next one is!

    September 3, 2012

  • Zachary

    Good catch, Katya!

    September 3, 2012

  • Katya

    time is set to 7pm. did you mean am, ya?

    September 3, 2012

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