Larch Mtn. Loop - Trail, Portland, Oregon

Larch Mtn. Loop - Trail, Portland, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

This is one of the most difficult and technical rides I have encountered. For a short ride it is extremely intense and exhausting. The ride starts with a fast forest downhill on smooth trails with very sharp turns and lots of trees. After about a mile of this the real downhill starts. As you decend further into the forest the trail is frequently very steep and made up almost entirely of roots and rocks. There is very little time to regroup between the worst sections and I have rarely ridden the trail without crashing at least once. Because the ride is short there is plenty of time to try these sections over and over. The uphill starts out as almost unrideable with similar terrain to the downhill but generally less steep and technical. The first couple of time I did this ride the trail was in better condition and much easier to ride. But unless there has been maintanence recently you can expect to be carrying your bike at least part of the time. The last mile and a half of the uphill is pretty smooth but steadily steep. This will let you off on the road to the top where you will have a short ride back to the parking lot.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 12, 2007]
willymcd
Cross Country Rider

Fun trail, even though a good mile of it is pretty much unridable. I really enjoyed this ride, the forest is great and the downhills are fun. Going up on the other hand is another story, some of it is fine, other parts are just nasty, ruts, rocks and roots, plus it was wet when i did it.

Customer Service

as everyone else says start at the first guardrail on the left side of the road, go up the dirt road and go left after a 1/2 a mile, go down and take a right at the no biking sign, then go right on the other side of the log bridge. this part starts off good going up then it gets real nasty. this trail will take you up and around the mountain and you will end up on the other side of the road that you stated on, but about a 2 miles higher, go right up the hill to the top and go to where the bathrooms are, this is where the "fun downhill" starts, take this trail all the way back down to the dirt road you started on.

Similar Products Used:

powell butte, forest park (german town, and west), Scappoose, Molalla river corridor.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 09, 2007]
theeric
Weekend Warrior

Just about everything imaginable: fast and smooth single track, bunches of roots (up and down hill), rock of all sizes (up and down hill), water crossings. The only thing it's missing is large drops. There are some drops over roots and rocks, but nothing over about 10-12inches. There are short sections that are not single track, but I'd say it amounts to less than 1 mile. The last 2 miles or so is climbing, but it's nice smooth single tack, and a little road and it's pretty gradual. The single track decent from the parking area to the intersection with the dirt room is totally awesome.

Customer Service

We actually started at the orange gate on the left side of the road about 12 miles up Larch Mt Rd (look for the metal guard rail). If you begin here, you start with a climb up a rocky dirt road until you get to an intersection and head left. Also, you end by bombing down the single track from the parking area (much more fun than ending your ride on a climb!). After that we stayed on the bike friendly trails.
I have a bell on my bike and recomend anyone that rides here put one on their bike. The down hills are fast with some sharp corners. The hikers we passed were very cool with us, and I think my early warning bell helped.

Similar Products Used:

The other Larch Mt.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 05, 2007]
jeebus
Weekend Warrior

Note: The map shown above does NOT correspond with the Larch Mtn Loop on the Oregon side of the gorge. I think the map probably shows a different Larch Mtn... the one in WA.
This review is for the Larch Mtn in OR.
The loop is about 6 miles long. I start at the top parking area near Sherrard Point. I follow tha trail near the restrooms downwards. The descent from there is singletrack, technical and fast. Big roots, rocks and occasionally steep. The only problem with this loop is that you go descend 1500 feet in about 3 miles then have to bike straight back up another 3 miles on the same type of rutted, rocky terrain. Maybe 20 minutes of going down and over an hour of biking/hike-a-bike upwards (I am out of shape). Sometimes you are ascending whats seems like dried creek beds full of grapefruit-sized rocks. Not fun. But if you are in shape and looking for a challenge, go for it. I prefer trails that do a better job of mixing up the up and downhill portions. I usually ride alone so don't get the opportunity to shuttle.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 03, 2006]
Westy661
Weekend Warrior

Lot of everything. Nice smooth singletrac for XC action. Bombin natural type DH runs. Nasty technical descents and climbs. Just about a bit of everything. No big drops or jumps though, but these trails will keep you on your toes.
Just like earlier posts, alot of hikers will tell you to get off of the trail, but I ran into the Forest Service Trail crew and they explained that most of the trails are open to mt bikes and they are putting in alot of effort into making mt bike specific trails. KUDOS to the forest service. HIGHLY Recomend this trail. If you can clean the whole trail you are a stud.

Customer Service

From Portland, Exit on Corbett and go RIGHT up the hill. (IF you go left you end at the river) Follow up the hill and you come to a sort of split in the road, go LEFT. You know you are going the right way if you have a small market on the left and the firestation on the right. Keep on the road as it winds around, and you come to another Y in the road, stay LEFT, and at the second Y in the road follow the signs to the RIGHT (there is a funky cube statue on the side of the road here). Once you are on this road just follow it to the top (about 6 miles)

So next time I ride there, I will park at the parkinglot but then cruise on my bike down the road to the first hard right turn. Look to your left and you will see the start of a trail called ONEsomething or rather. I climbed up this and it was super hard. But once on the trail, just keep making lefts and you end up way down near the bottom. Cross the log bridge and then start the climb back up, keep making lefts.

Happy Trails

Similar Products Used:

Skibowl, Postcanyon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 04, 2005]
Jaybo
Cross Country Rider

This is a trail you are going to either hate or love. It is very technical with lots of roots dovetailed to either descending or climbing. It is a ton of work for a short ride. There are also parts of it that I can't ride due to the extreme rocks and roots so I end up pushing (this is annoying to me). The trail looks like a dried up creek bed for a lot of the ride. I also got hammered by misquitos. Take bug spray. Overall, a nice drive up and a good ride. Certainly a good ride for a quick hour and half ride. The climb out will get you breathing pretty good for a half an hour or so. If you were a radical, you would climb up the road from Troutdale and ride before riding back to Troutdale. I am going to do that one of these days when I have time. This is certainly not a A ride but it good ride close to Portland. The riding season is fairly short due to the 4,000 foot elevation. It was a touch muddy today. Not bad.

Customer Service

I just do it clockwise. Watch out for hikers. It is pretty well marked with signs stating you can or cannot ride that area. Pretty much a no brainer.

Similar Products Used:

Trail 400 in the Gorge is good too. Lower elevation so you can ride it almost year round.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 14, 2004]
mattsavage
Cross Country Rider

I rode the trail yesterday going counter clockwise from top, the route I prefer. The first 1/4 to 1/2 mile still had some snow dritfts. The rest of the trail was in good shape, excpet for a few blowdowns, but very slick. I'd wait a few more weeks to let the little snow clear up and for it to dry out. The climbs were almost, "almost", unrideable. It would take serious climbing skills, a unique blend of brute strength and delicate finesse to clean some of those roots and rocks on the climbs. Downhills were super fun though, just slick enough to make it sketchy, with some fun jumps.

Customer Service

Counter Clockwise

Similar Products Used:

Post Canyon, not quite same area, but close enough.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 03, 2003]
cluck
Weekend Warrior

Rode 11/1/03. 2/3rds of trail was covered in a frozen layer about 2 inches deep...either snow from a couple weeks ago or frost heave. Fun riding. Did hike a bike for a couple of steep tricking uphills that were a challenge with roots, rocks and frozen stuff. About 30-35 degree temps made the feet a bit cold without booties. For only 6 miles, a tough little trail with some technical fun, a few aerobic, leg buster climbs.

Customer Service

Clockwise from pull off a couple miles below the parking lot. Back up on road to parking lot after first loop to get a chance to ride the downhill to the car. one more time.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 03, 2003]
mattsavage
Cross Country Rider

Sweet A** Sweet! Diabetic! Super fun, fast, and technical. If you're in good shape, you could easily do the loop two or three times in an afternoon. The hikers were a drag though, really negative. Like the other guy said, everyone tried to tell me the trail wasn't open to bikes, but the enormous billboard of a trail map at the top showed a trail marked "Mountain Bike Loop" in it's own cute little color. (beige?) Super fun, do it after work, on the weekend, whenever you can't really get out of town too far. I rode on Labor day weekend mon and Sun, and only passed about 4-5 couples hiking, and one group of cyclists (2).

Customer Service

I did it in a counter clockwise manner. I don't remember the trail #'s, but I parked at the lot, rode back down the main road about 100-200 yards to the first turn and there's a trailhead opening in the guardrail. Bomb down from there and try to manual through all the water bars. At the first "Y" cut left and go down. I don't know what happens if you go right. You die? Probably if the hikers have their way. I stopped and let each one walk by, and they still made little snide remarks.

Similar Products Used:

Knebal Springs, Wildwood (just kidding), Box Cutter Patch, Bull Dyke Ridge...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 08, 1999]
Sasquatch

Fun downhill part, fast and twisty....if you miss the loop, you are IN FOR IT. UGH! Lots of climbing in your future. Fun ride, but Larch Mtn. is suprisingly high and keeps snow for a long time

Customer Service

same

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 25, 1999]
Mark

For anyone who feels the need to get lost for about an hour trying to find this damn trail, then this ride is for you. Ended up taking pictures of the Gourge. Don't waste your time.

Customer Service

Whoever wrote the directions to get to this trail was on crack.

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1
VALUE
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