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Ascent of Larch Mountain on 2012-06-10

Climber: Greg Slayden

Date:Sunday, June 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Larch Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:4055 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

The actual summit is a rocky pinnacle rising about 10 feet above the level of the viewing platform. I was there on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with 4 of the 5 major volcanoes noted on signs visible, and many tourists milling about. I felt a bit funny about scrambling up to the top of the pinnacle, even though it looked like basic and easy class 3. Also, there was a gap in the protective fence that offered easy access, and no signs prohibiting any climbing, so after hemming and hawing for a bit I quickly scrambled up the side facing the final staircase and tagged the summit. A tourist couple coming down the stairs looked at me funny, but I told them I was a "rock climber" ("scrambler" would have been more accurate) and I was not jumping any fences or disobeying any signs. They didn't seem to care.

Other than that, this is a very easy and scenic peak with good paved road access and a short paved trail to the summit pinnacle.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:225 ft / 68 m
    Elevation Loss:225 ft / 68 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:225 ft / 68 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Route:Paved Trail
    Trailhead:Parking Lot  3880 ft / 1182 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:175 ft / 53 m
    Route:Paved Trail
    Trailhead:Parking Lot  3880 ft / 1182 m



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