Larch Mountain Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4
FIETS
13.9 mi
DISTANCE
3,095 ft
GAINED
4.1 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Zac Bloomfield, Fairview, OR

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This is a very popular and pleasant bike climb out of Portland with amazing views of five spectacular snow capped volcanic peaks - Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, Hood, and Jefferson. 
Average grade is 4.1% (4.5% climb only).  7% of the ride is descent, 49% is at 0-5% grade, and 44% is at 5-10%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 8.8% and steepest mile 6.3%. 

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Roadway:  Excellent condition two lane road with center stripe and no shoulder. 

Traffic:  Mild.

Parking:  At the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, a half-mile from climb start (Route Map; Street View). 

Fee:  There is a $5 for vehicles but cyclists are free as of 2020. 
Provisions:  There are no spots to get food or water on this climb. The closest food is at  Corbett Country Market 1.7 miles west of the climb start (Route Map; Google Map + Reviews). 
Be sure to bring a cable and lock and walking shoes to walk the quarter-mile at 10% to Sherrard Point where you have views of three Washington volcanic peaks to the north (Rainier, St. Helens, and Adams), and two Oregon peaks (Hood to the east and Jefferson south) (Google Map + Reviews - note: this is a rare full 5.0 star rating).   Another option is to do the popular and scenic 15 mile out-and-back Larch Mountain Trail (AllTrails - Larch Mountain Trail). 

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