Sherrard Point Loop via Multnomah Creek Way #444
This is a moderate loop trail which includes a short side jaunt to Sherrard Point with outstanding views on a clear day of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Jefferson. It is an easier alternative to the Larch Mountain Trail (#441) which starts at Multnomah Falls. Other than Sherrard Point the hike is through the forest, which was not impacted by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.
The trail can be accessed from either the parking lot at the end of Larch Mountain Road or by walking up the closed access road 315. To use road 315, park either to the side of the gate or across Larch Mountain Road where there is a very large pull-out for several vehicles. Walk up the road past the gate about 1/4 mile to the signed trail, opting to hike counterclockwise to the right or clockwise to the left. At the parking lot, there is a large sign and obvious trail which leads to Sherrard Point. This is an up and back detour to the loop, but well worth the trip. To start the loop walk northwest past the outhouse for a clockwise loop or walk southeast on the road to a hairpin turn where the signed trail picks up to the right. Note Larch Mountain Road is closed in the winter by a snow gate.
Parts of the route are rocky with uneven footing and water flowing across the trail during the wet season. Rate a 4 for children.