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Cycling Larch Mountain Road
Ride 14 miles gaining 3,095’ at 4.1% average grade.
This is a wonderful bike climb through the thick forest of Mt. Hood National Forest.
"Larch Mountain is a long and scenic climb close to the Columbia River Gorge near Portland in northwest Oregon that is a favorite of area cyclists. If you use the Corbett Hill start you almost immediately hit a short section of double digit grade as you head south toward the Columbia River Highway. The grade soon eases and you turn left when you reach the Columbia River Highway. Ride this busier road for several miles over mild grade to just beyond the Portland Women's Forum to the split in the road...This section starts out quite shallow and rolling in spots but soon becomes a consistent uphill, gradually increasing in grade. The last 5 miles or so are a bit steeper..." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 204.)
5 volcanic peaks can be seen from Sherrard Point
Walk your bike from the finish of the climb .3 miles to Sherrard Point for views of 5 Cascade Range volcanoes - Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens.