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Larch Mtn. Loop

Average Rating:    (3.95 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

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.
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Latitude
45.72343900575002
Longitude
-122.33001708984375
Trail Directions
Take I-84 East from Portland about 20 miles and take the Corbett exit. Turn left and head up the mountain, following the signs. At the top of the road there is a picnic area and map of the trails. The ride starts at the trailhead near the bathrooms and you'll need to buy or copy a map as there are numerous junctions and I can never recall the exact route.
Trail Length
About Six Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Portland
   


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Review Date
October 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: willymcd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
powell butte, forest park (german town, and west), Scappoose, Molalla river corridor.



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Review Date
July 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: theeric ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The other Larch Mt.



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Review Date
July 5, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jeebus ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



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Review Date
September 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Westy661 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skibowl, Postcanyon



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Review Date
July 4, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jaybo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trail 400 in the Gorge is good too. Lower elevation so you can ride it almost year round.



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