Larch Mountain is a 4000-foot peak east of Portland, Oregon. The high point, Sherrard Point, is a volcanic neck.
When the weather gods smile (a rarity in the Pacific Northwest) Larch Mountain offers views of five Cascade Range volcanoes.
|The drive up Larch Mountain offers nothing in the way of views whatever.|
|Even at the parking area, the view is hemmed in by trees.|
|Glimpses through the trees hint that there is more to come.|
Left: sheet jointing in the rocks at Sherrard Point.|
Below: looking down from Sherrard Point.
|Mount Saint Helens must have been a magnificent sight from here before it lost its summit in 1980.||Although it was just shy of 10,000 feet in 1980, it now stands at 8365 ft (2550 m).|
|Mount Adams (12276 ft; 3742 m) deserves way more respect than it gets. It's the fourth highest peak in the Cascades (after Rainier, Shasta, and is just barely beaten by Shasta's satellite peak, Shastina)|
|11239 ft; 3426 m and the highest point in Oregon.|
10,495 feet (3,199 m) and the second highest peak in Oregon. It last erupted about 950 AD.
|View downstream of the Columbia River|
|The heiligenschein, or saint's halo, is a bright reflction opposite the sun. It can be seen on pretty much any rough surface.|
Abouve: Mount Adams in the distance|
Left: Mount Hood
|Left and below: the Columbia River Gorge.|
Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 26 September 2012
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