On a beautiful weekend in October Amethyst and I hiked up the many steps to Larch Mountain. We were so happy that it was a “Five Mountain” day!
The view at the top is 360 degrees and, on a clear day, you can see all the mountains shown below.
Larch Mountain is an extinct volcano near Portland, Oregon. The name is misleading, as no western larch (a large deciduous, coniferous tree) can be found there. It received that name when early lumbermen sold the Noble Fir wood as larch. The peak can be reached on paved Larch Mountain Road, 16 miles (26 km) east of Corbett, Oregon. From the north side of the large summit parking lot, hiking trails lead around the volcano’s caldera to Sherrard Point  with an outstanding view of nearby Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Rainier near Seattle and Mount St. Helens, an active volcano. Another trail leads 6.8 miles (10.9 km) north to the foot of Multnomah Falls near the Columbia River, visiting many lesser waterfalls along the way, many of which emanate from the mountain. Larch Mountain is a shield volcano like the type found in Hawaii, with broad slopes covering tens of square kilometers.