Ascent of Larch Mountain on 2010-03-24

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Krystal Wanberg -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Joe Bonham
Date:Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Larch Mountain
    Elevation:4055 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the gate across Larch Mtn. Road (closed for season) at MP10, which is basically at the 2570 point on the USGS Multnomah Falls quad map. We walked up the paved road for about 1.5 miles after a brief detour down the wrong gravel road. We took the gravel road marked at the 3024' point near a sharp corner on the paved road. We were on that about a quarter mile, then joined up with the Larch Mtn. Trail #441 and proceeded up to the summit.

This has been a really mild winter, so there was only spotty snow, with the deepest spots (about 4") near the top. It was a very clear day and all five strato-volcanoes within 100 miles were in view!

The summit outcrop is higher than the 4055' survey elevation indicated on the maps, as that was measured on the spot which the (fenced) concrete viewing platform (marked as 4056') has been poured over. The summit is accessible from below the last set of stairs without hopping any fences, but be very cautious about the long (600'+) drop off the northern side; the fence is there for a reason. The summit scramble is about 15'-20' of YDS class 3, as there is no need to climb on any face with exposure to reach the true summit.

We made a stop at the restrooms just off the parking area, then returned back the way we came.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1745 ft / 530 m
    Elevation Loss:1745 ft / 530 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1; 15' of clas
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1665 ft / 506 m
    Extra Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Road to Tr. # 441
    Trailhead:Gate at MP 10 - Larch Mt. Rd.  2570 ft / 783 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1565 ft / 476 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Road to Tr. # 441
    Trailhead:Gate at MP 10 - Larch Mt. Rd.  2570 ft / 783 m

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