This gate will once again close Larch Mountain Road near milepost 10. File photo by Bryan Dorr, Dec. 6, 2004.

Gate closes Larch Mtn. Rd. on Nov. 30

By Bryan Dorr
Friday, November 27, 2009

If you want to head up to Larch Mountain to enjoy the panoramic scenic view or hike around, this coming weekend is your last chance until next spring.

Multnomah County will close the Larch Mountain Road gate at milepost 10 around noon on Monday, November 30, for the winter.

Each year the road leading to the 4,056-foot summit is closed to protect the public from adverse weather conditions, and to reduce winter road maintenance costs.

Several signs are posted along Larch Mountain Road warning motorists that the road is closed by gates.

After the recent snowfall, motorists are advised to carry tire chains if they intend driving to the summit's day-use area (day-use fee is required).

The gates will reopen sometime in the spring after the snow melts.

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Big Foot says ... on Thursday, Dec 3 at 11:26 AM

People hike up from Multnomah Falls on Larch Mountain and Oneonta trails.

S says ... on Thursday, Dec 3 at 8:33 AM

A lot of people take their children sledding by the gate. There are also cross country skiers and people on snow shoes. It's closed to motorized vehicles (includes snow mobiles).

BJDorr says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 5:45 PM

Great place to scope out the full moon. Bummer.

ananymous says ... on Tuesday, Dec 1 at 12:21 PM

id be more impressed to see these gates on bear camp road or whatever the name of it is where the Kim family was stranded

BJD says ... on Monday, Nov 30 at 9:25 PM

Downed old growth trees blocking the road can be a problem.

Roffe says ... on Monday, Nov 30 at 7:12 PM

Yeah. A Snowmobile trail on the road from milepost 10 to the summit on winter time. I'm interested. Is there any safety issue with that and if, -can we work to make it safe?

Snowman says ... on Sunday, Nov 29 at 11:11 AM

I'd bet snowmobilers get around or under that gate in the winter.

lee98632 says ... on Friday, Nov 27 at 11:08 PM

More then that, if you trespass they could shoot first and ask questions later. But mostly it is for your safety like the above person said. STAY OUT! vandalizing federal property will land you in hot water.

Cindy says ... on Friday, Nov 27 at 8:56 PM

While many people vandalize the gate and reopen it, do not be fooled. Once it is closed it will not be reopened until the spring. If gate is open after 11/30, call 911. Do not trespass, you may get lost or stuck and on one will know you are there.

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