Is Larch Mountain Road open?
Larch Mountain Road is CLOSED for the winter at the snowgate near Milepost 10. The upper section of the road typically reopens in late spring. The reopening date in 2020 may be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused temporary travel restrictions in the Columbia River Gorge.
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.
In 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.
Normally, the upper section of the road reopens for recreational users in late 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.
Some areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed due to damage from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Areas are reopening to the public throughout the year. Check these websites for current information: