Larch Mountain - Trail, Vancouver, Washington

Larch Mountain - Trail, Vancouver, Washington

DESCRIPTION

Fiarly easy climb until the last .75 miles where it gets steep and rocky. Saw some stunts in the area and there is the potential to shuttle it. Hopefully none will stoop that low. At the top turn back or continue to Grouse Vista, cross the road and take the Tarbell trail down to Rock Creek Campground. Makes a nice little 20+- loop.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 19, 2008]
jmcnicho
Cross Country Rider

Just tried this one out for the first time last night. I agree that this trail is perfect for an afterwork quicky. Climb is challenging but not a killer, downhill is hairy and fast with sketchy obsticles that seem to come out of nowhere. Definitely one I would like to do more so I can get a better feel for it- some fun banked turns that if you get into the rhythem you can shred down at near full speed. Top part is a boulder field that chewed up my 4'' bike, but looked easy for my buddy on a vp free with monster tires. Go fast and ignore the boulders, 9/10 times that works out : )

Customer Service

Out and back, didn't try the side trails.

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4
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3
[May 19, 2007]
Jaybo
Cross Country Rider

A rocky loose trail. It is a nice ride for after work but is not my idea of a great cross country trail. It is a quasi downhill trail with lots of rock fields and loose dirt. It appears the motocross guys have torn it up a bit. Too bad! If you ride a hardtail avoid it. It is rough. The area has been HAMMERED by foresting. Again, a good after work ride.

Customer Service

Out and back is my recommendation if you are a cross country rider. Shuttle to top would be great for a downhill rider. Avoid top section if you are on a short travel cross country bike. Again, avoid it on a hardtail.

Similar Products Used:

Siouxin, Tarbell, Grouse,

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4
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4
[Oct 08, 2003]
sman
Downhiller

Who's being malicious, I think all uf us freeriders need to band together because people that complain about trails often destroy them. People need to go around obstacles or build different lines untill they can learn to handle more difficult things. All trails can be fun if we can understand this concept. That's my point

Customer Service

you're molestation comment is just wrong, you're just another sick minded person that the rest of us try to keep ourselves and our kids AWAY from

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If you can find it, enjoy it. If you don't like it, you don't have to ride it. Others have put alot of work into it, so respect it, or we will go secret 7 on you!

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5
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5
[Jul 04, 2002]
Cancuk

I like to ride up to the first rocky section after work and usually turn around from there. There are lots of switchbacks and lots of climbing but the the ride is great. Some good technical sections further up near the top to practice your balance on. There are two downhills you can come down on. One splits off at one of the creek crossings. Just keep your eyes open. I haven't done the connection with Tarbell yet but will likely give that a whirl sometime soon.

Customer Service

I follow padden parkway out into the country. You go through a 4way stop and then I believe it is the second right you can take. There is a small sign for the rifle range. Turn right here. You will go through one stop sign. Go straight and stay on that road. IT eventually turns into gravel. About 3 miles past the correction centre you will see a sharp curve in the road and a place to park. This is the trail head.

Similar Products Used:

Tarbell, Siouxson Creek, Lewis River..the usual

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4
VALUE
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[Aug 01, 2002]
Will

I'm definitely not an advanced rider so I wish the insane section of double-black diamond wasn't there. I'm sure that many of you would disagree. I'm just not into getting my face & bike getting scraped clean. The double-black diamond terrain is all brick-sized, super-abrasive, and very loose rocks. If you slow down, you'll sink & risk rolling your ankle on the unstable ground if you touch down. Hats off to those of you have ridden it with no problems.

I just wish it wans't there so I could avoid riding the motorcycle trail which isn't in any awesome shape either. Maybe I'm just being a baby. It's alright if you e-mail me to tell me that too.

At any rate, the single-track downhill makes all of the brutal climbing worth it. You totally forget that you spent more than half of the ride going uphill. The DH is fast & rolling. The fast sections are broken up with short technical sections to keep you from getting bored. It turns out to definitely be a workout as you'll want to keep pedaling.

Bottom line is that its insanely fun as long as the flies aren't biting.

Customer Service

Start at the Rock Creek Campground and go left out of the parking lot up the hill for 6+ miles. The last 0.75-0.8 is killer (that can be taken two different ways). As you pass the forest service gate & go up the narrow FS road, hang left into the trees instead of continuing right on the FS road to the summit of Larch Mtn. Follow the motorcycle trail "hidden" in the trees (staying right) and hang on for dear life. The traction is loose & the rocks are big n' pointy. Eventually you'll come to the spot where the singletrack loop intersects the motorcycle trail. At this point you can decide to go down (left) or start climbing (right) again. As you go up (right) you'll be rewarded with some fairly technical climbing and a chance to study how in the heck you're gonna get back down. At any point of your choosing, stop and turnaround. You'll be rewarded with some of the best singletrack downhill you've ridden (especially with how long it is; about 2-4 miles depending on how far you climbed).

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Haven't ridden much in Washington, but haul your butts over to Hood River & enjoy. Also, it's possible to hit Tarbell from Rock Creek Campground as well.

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5
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[Apr 09, 2003]
steve-o

Oh,I wish the rocks weren't here so can go slow and not twist my ankle. dumbass, go faster and you'll float over the top

Customer Service

downhill

Similar Products Used:

secret 7 created most all trails in the area and therefore have supreme reign over all

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4
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[Jul 07, 2003]
steve-o

This is steve-o (not the guy from Jackass, just a guy who 'is' a jackass).

Me and my secret society of 7 losers love to play cowboys & indians by the Walmart in vancouver.

Come join us as we are severly lonely and have nothing better to do than waste space on MTBR being malicious in our postings.

Seriously though, Larch Mtn is a great ride. Your climb is rewarded by some excellent downhill and enough obstacles to keep you on your toes. It's worth the drive if you are coming from anywhere outside Vancouver/Brush Prairie. Stick to the main roads as all the back FS roads are currently closed for maintenance.

Don't let tools like steve-ho and the 7 dwarfs ruin it for you. He's the reason that Vancouver schools have some of the lowest graduation rates in the state.

Customer Service

between the pockmarked hills and down into the dark hole (my dad enjoys this route)

Similar Products Used:

Tarbell but stay away from 7 guys dressed like pocahontas and/or the lone ranger.

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5
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