Yes, Larch Mountain Washington not Larch Mountain Oregon.  It’s easy to confuse the two but the Larch on the Washington side of the Columbia River has just as good, if not better, hiking and wilderness exploring as the Oregon Larch.  Larch Mountain is located just east of Vancouver and above Washougal.  This area has some long hikes that span the mountainside heading east toward Silver Star Mountain and eventually the PCT.  The mountain has huge land mass and extends up the ridgeline that lies above the Columbia River.  Most of the mountain is within Gifford Pinchot wilderness and is public.  Note that you will encounter a lot of Vantucky  riff-raff on this mountain shooting guns and driving ATVs.  Most locals are friendly–one pulled my car out of a ditch in winter–but some are on the mountain drinking an shooting so be careful on approach roads to the summit trail system.

Bouldering on Larch Mountain WA

There is a great bouldering area on the summit of Larch.  A smaller bouldering spot that is equally as good lies on the forest roads here as well.  The road to the boulders is not clear in winter and it is not advisable to travel on some of the roads near the summit without a 4wd vehicle.

Problems here range from V0- to V9 and harder eliminates exist.  The rock is a super-high-quality basalt that resembles Leavenworth Granite.   Bring a pad and a spotter as some of the boulders are high.  Local Portland climbers have put in great effort on the mountain to clean rock and increase the bouldering experience here.  If you run into them say thanks.

Bouldering on Larch Mountain Washington

Great finger crack.


The photo here is a classic V7-ish problem that follows a long, steep finger crack from a sit start.  The problem is powerful at the start then moves to very easy but rather high climbing up a large crack and less-than-vertical copout at about 20 feet.  Some just do the brunt of the problem and opt out of the topout but if you can do the bottom the top should be easy work.


Helpful Info

Larch Bouldering Information


Larch Mt WA hiking

Larch Hike.



Hiking on Larch Mountain Washington

Two good hikes are on the mountain.  One starts from the trailhead on the saddle at Grouse Vista.  This trail is at the top of Forest Road 1200 that comes up from Washougal.  Alternatly you can drive over from Hockinson and merge with 1200 if you live on that side of larch.  Be aware that the road can be rough near the top and in winter not maintained.

The second hike is a ridge walk that starts near the Larch Mountain Retreat (detention center).  There is a trailhead that clearly marks the trail and pulloff at the intersection where the road from Hockinson merges with L1000.