Is Larch Mountain Road open?
September 15, 2017: Larch Mountain Road is CLOSED at milepost 6 (near SE Red Elder Drive) to risk from the Eagle Creek fire. It will reopen after the winter in spring 2018.
About Larch Mountain Road
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. The gate prevents drivers from getting stuck in the snow at upper elevations and reduces snow removal costs in this non-residential area. Due to the Eagle Creek Fire, the road is closed early this year and the closure is at milepost 6, near SE Red Elder Drive, near the last residence on the road. Offroad areas near Larch Mountain Road are also closed due to the fire.
Opening the mountain road for recreational users happens in spring at the end of the snow season. 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.