We have word from a reliable source that the Larch Mountain snow gate will open next Tuesday afternoon!
The gate at milepost 10 is closed from November until the snow clears in late May / early June (in 2008, it didn’t open until July!). While we are all antsy to get up there starting about April, that area is at or above the same level as Government Camp on Mt. Hood, which is well above snow level. Plowing it every day would only get you to mile 14 on the road, where you could stand and stare at buried parking and trails.
Put Sherrard Viewpoint on your list for this summer, and we’ll do our best to clear the skies for you so you can see all five mountains : ).
Meanwhile, don’t let the closed gate keep you off Larch for the Memorial Day weekend… look for the small trailhead on your right beyond milepost 5, or grab any of the logging access gates with Recreational Use signs posted, and start walking. It’s beautiful and green up there, and the small wildflowers are already in their second round, with salmon berries coming on, and thimble berries and huckleberries following shortly!
Remember to make your stick Scout arrows when you get to the forks in the road! (bread crumbs tend to get eaten, and that loaf of bread is bulky in the backpack) – it’s easy to get turned around out there. I can testify, having had to enlist a friend with a large truck to blow the horn on the road so I could straighten my unreliable directional sense back out a couple weeks ago : ).
Enjoy the weekend!
All images and words © Loree Harrell; 2012 – 2014