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Larch Mountain Loop

  • Length:
    6 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Corbett, Brightwood, Bridal Veil
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge
  • Attributes:
    Single-Track, Steep, Technical

Trailhead Elevation: 3847 ft

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

This is a great but strenuous loop, pretty close to Portland (1 hour). You can really fly down the hills – but you have to be willing to climb out! The loop is also fun in either direction. It’s a good place to work over a full-suspension bike, and you can do multiple loops or combinations if you have time.

This is a steep up-and-down loop, with fast turns and bumpy roots and rocks. The loop starts at the top, so you get the descent before the climb out. The bike-legal loop is Upper Trail 441, Trail 446, and Upper Trail 424, and you can also do the Trail 444 cutoff, which is extra-technical. Be sure not to go below Trail 446 on either Trail 441 or 424, as those sections are not open to bikes. Also be sure to catch the view at Sherrard Point while you’re there.

Take Larch Mountain Road from the Gorge Scenic Hwy – the junction is between the Women’s Forum overlook and the Vista House at Crown Point. Then it’s 14 twisty miles up to the parking lot near the top of Larch Mountain. You need a Forest Pass for parking, or to buy a day pass there. Also, the trail starts at 3,800 feet, so it’s often snow-covered into mid-July.

Seasons: Summer, Fall

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