Upper Larch Mountain Road reopens for season

From Multnomah County:

Upper Larch Mountain Road reopens for season

Upper East Larch Mountain Road in the Columbia River Gorge is now open for recreational access. Every autumn the county closes the upper portion of the road by installing a snow gate near milepost 10. The closure protects the traveling public from severe weather conditions and reduces snow removal maintenance costs. The gate is opened each spring. This year, the road reopened later than normal due to heavy snowfall late into the season.East Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County, reaching an altitude of 4055 feet. At the road’s summit there is a parking lot for visitors to the Sherrard Point lookout. The snow gate is at an elevation of approximately 2300 feet. Multnomah County maintains Larch Mountain Road and 269 miles of roads. For more information, visit https://multco.us/roads/larch-mountain-road.

The Ride: Exploring the ‘dark’ side of Larch Mountain

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Few things make me happier than a narrow dirt trail that meanders beyond a “road closed” gate. (Oh, and there was a roaring creek just to the right.)
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Ride is brought to you by River City Bicycles.

Larch Mountain stands 4,061 feet above the Columbia River in east Multnomah County. The 14-mile climb up the paved road that leads to the summit of this extinct volcano is a thing of magic and/or misery for local bicycle riders.

But there’s another side of this majestic mountain. A side that was revealed to many people for the first time via The Dark Larch ride on Saturday.

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Newswire: Upper portion of Larch Mtn. Road will re-open May 6th

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If you’re a serious rider who has tackled the epic Larch Mountain climb, we’ve got some good news: The upper portion of the road is being officially re-opened for the season on May 6th. If you’ve been going past the gate illegally, then this is probably bad news since now there will be people driving on the last 4 miles.

Check the statement below from Multnomah County for all the details:

Upper Larch Mountain Road to reopen afternoon of May 6

Multnomah County will reopen the upper section of Larch Mountain Road on Wednesday, May 6 by 3:30 pm.

Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County’s jurisdiction, reaching an altitude of 4055 feet in east county. Each winter, the county closes public access to recreation areas off upper Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate near milepost 10. Opening the mountain road for recreational users happens each spring. Reopening the gate provides vehicle access all the way to the view parking lot at milepost 14.5 and the walking trail to Sherrard Point.

Larch Mountain Road now open for the season

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

For those of you who like the beautiful challenge of climbing to the top of Larch Mountain Road east of Troutdale, you will be happy to know that Multnomah County has just announced it is now open. It closes each year during winter and usually stays closed until mid-June… But we’ve just gotten word that it is open as of today, Tuesday, May 27th. Below is the official statement:

Upper Larch Mountain Road to reopen afternoon of May 27
Thursday, 5/22/14 – 11:01 am

Multnomah County will reopen the upper section of Larch Mountain Road on Tuesday, May 27 at 2 p.m.

Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County’s jurisdiction, reaching an altitude of 4055 feet in east county. Each winter, the county closes public access to recreation areas off upper Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate near milepost 10. Opening the mountain road for recreational users happens when snow levels decline. Reopening the gate provides vehicle access all the way to the view parking lot at milepost 14.5 and the walking trail to Sherrard Point.